Telford fire: Roads reopen as progress is made in dousing recycling plant blaze

Roads that had been shut to allow major firefighting efforts in Telford have now reopened.

The M54 was affected by smoke
The M54 was affected by smoke

Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service crews are making good progress in battling the fire at Greenway Polymers in Ketley, which began on Monday and has been smouldering all week.

The site, off Waterloo Road, had been belching black smoke into the air and over the nearby M54 on Monday, prompting a huge response from emergency services, at one stage including 80 firefighters.

Crews from around the county have been working at the site ever since to control the fire, necessitating the closure of Waterloo Road/Rock Road and much of the M54.

Both have now reopened – albeit with temporary traffic lights on Rock Road – although group manager Adam Matthews still advised caution.

He said: "Crews are making good progress damping down and reducing the smoke in the area.

"However I would still like to urge local residents to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution.


"Rock Road and the M54 have now reopened, however with the wind direction and smoke still leaving the site, please proceed with caution if you do need to travel."

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