Shropshire Council say the proposed relief road is expected to cost £100 million and, depending upon consultation, planning procedures and land acquisition, building could start in 2014, with a potential completion date of 2017.
Public consultation on the relief road opens on 13 April and runs until 17 May. If you want to take part you can e-mail Shropshire Council at
There will also be a dedicated phone number 0345 678 9006 and you can contribute directly via the
The proposed route would join the Churncote Roundabout (between A5/A458) with Battlefield Roundabout (to the North East), completing the ring road around Shrewsbury.
The road has proved a controversial subject
since it was first proposed
in the mid 1980s. Supporters hope the road will reduce congestion and noise pollution in the town centre, and improve air quality, as well as speeding up journey times.
However some environmental groups, including the
Campaign To Protect Rural England (CPRE), believe that the scheme will increase traffic overall, have a negative effect on the countryside north of Shrewsbury and remove potential trade from the town centre.
In contrast, the Shrewsbury Business Chamber has been a long-time supporter of the relief road, arguing that it will improve trade in the town and bring jobs to the area.
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