100m Shrewsbury relief road plan

Barry Moore, environmental expert on the project, describes Shropshire Council's
preferred route for the Shrewsbury North West Relief Road.

Publication date 25 September 2009.

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The relief road project has been put on hold because of a spending review at the Department
for Transport (DfT).

According to Shropshire Council, a business plan for the North West Relief Road was to be
submitted to the government in August, but will now be delayed.

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 nwrr.consultation@shropshire.gov.uk .

There will also be a dedicated phone number 0345 678 9006 and you can contribute directly via
the council website.

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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