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Shrewsbury traffic problems under spotlight
Car fumes
Traffic routes through Shrewsbury town centre could be altered

Shropshire Council's cabinet has given its backing to a package of measures that aim to reduce traffic in Shrewsbury town centre.

The Shrewsbury Transport Strategy follows the shelving of plans to build the £102m North West Relief Road.

The council said the cost of the road made funding almost impossible in the current economic climate.

The new plans include a second railway station and traffic route changes in the town.

The full proposals, outlined in the transport strategy, would cost about £30m and cover a 15-year period. However, the individual schemes could be completed as-and-when funding is found.

Martin Withington, head of transport for Shropshire Council said: "It'll be a case of us spending the money we have a bit of a time, choosing the priorities within that package to do first.

"Chipping away at it one scheme at a time, so therefore we can get money to do each stage."

Traffic flow

Among the priorities is the gyratory system on Chester Street, near the railway station. Mr Withington said a review of the traffic flow there was already being looked at.

Mr Withington said some funding had been secured and work at Chester Street could be completed within the next two years.

Shrewsbury's traffic problems were most recently highlighted as part of the public consultation for the North West Relief Road.

Artist's impression of Shrewsbury relief road
The North West Relief Road was first proposed in the mid 1980s

During the consultation, 83% of people agreed that through-traffic should be discouraged from entering the town centre, defined by the council as the loop of the River Severn.

The difficulty planners face will be to encourage through-traffic to use the bypass, without negatively affecting shoppers accessing the town centre by car.

Within the package endorsed by Shropshire Council, is a plan to reduce parking in the town centre over a 15-year period. The price of parking will also be considered as part of plans.

Railway station

Planners are also considering building a second, out-of-town railway station, near Preston roundabout. The station would attract those travelling from areas outside the town and connect with park and ride services.

Other Shrewsbury park and ride schemes would also be enhanced, along with the bus network. Buses could also be given priority at some signal junctions.

The strategy proposes the introduction of a new, advanced traffic light system that would "respond intelligently to traffic conditions".

Alongside changes at Chester Street, traffic flow along Smithfield Road could be altered.

The existing cycle network would be developed, alongside improvements for pedestrians.




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