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Last Updated:  Friday, 21 March, 2003, 14:50 GMT
Minister opens new bypass
Nesscliffe bypass
Motorists can now avoid the village of Nesscliffe
A government minister opened a new bypass in Shropshire - and conceded there were still safety concerns in the area.

Transport Minister John Spellar visited Nesscliffe, between Shrewsbury and Oswestry, on Friday to perform the official opening ceremony.

A long-running campaign, involving councillors and residents, has been fought to make the A5 north of Shrewsbury a dual carriageway - with a series of crashes around the Nesscliffe area in recent years.

The road is a dual carriageway around the outskirts of Shrewsbury, and between the end of the M54 at Wellington to the county town.

"Local representatives and local councils have been making the point to us regarding the A5 and other roads in Shropshire," said Mr Spellar.

"We take that on board, but we are looking at a national priority list, and we are looking at that very seriously."


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