17/03/2023 - Permalink

A529 to close for next stage of safety improvement work

Related topics: Highways, transport and environmental maintenance / Partner organisations
Map showing The stretch of road that will be closed, and the diversion route

The stretch of road that will be closed (red line), and the diversion route (blue line)

A stretch of the A529 in Market Drayton is to close for 31 days for the next stage of safety improvement work on the road.

Work will be carried out between the cricket ground and Mount Pleasant crossroads from Wednesday 29 March to Friday 28 April (not including bank holidays), from 9.30am to 4pm each day.

This work will include road surfacing, kerbing and lining, and drainage work.

Existing signs and posts will be replaced – including signs for Mount Pleasant Crossroads – and vegetation will be cut back at sign locations.

During these times, signed diversions will be in place and businesses will be open as normal. Access to residential and business properties within the closure will be maintained.

The work is being carried out as part of the Government-funded A529 Safer Road Fund scheme to improve safety between Hinstock and Audlem. Work began in October 2019 and has involved various safety improvement measures at key locations – including Mount Pleasant crossroads.

Work was carried out between Great Hales Street and Phoenix Bank River Tern Crossing from 30 January to 17 February.

Richard Marshall, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways, said:

“The award of this Department for Transport funding has already enabled us to carry out essential and much-needed safety work and reduce risk of injury or accident on the A529 – and the work has had a huge impact on safety. I’m pleased that this next phase of work is now being carried out and I thank people for their understanding while the road is closed.”

The Safer Road Fund work on the A529 is being carried out by Kier, supervised by WSP and project managed by Shropshire Council.

During the work access to the works area will be restricted to:

  • Essential highway personnel
  • Local residents who live and reside within the road closure
  • Businesses located within the closure (if applicable)
  • Pedestrians, dismounted cyclists and equestrians
  • Emergency service vehicles