Repairs to collapsed manhole cause rush hour chaos on A49 and A5 at Shrewsbury

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

Rush hour traffic was held up repairs to a collapsed manhole near Shrewsbury caused huge tailbacks.

This morning's hold-ups. Image: AA Traffic News

Four-way traffic lights have been installed on the A49 near Bayston Hill but traffic was queuing from before 7am. Delays of up to 18 minutes were being reported and motorists took to social media to vent their frustration.

The lights were put up by contractors on the junction of Hereford Road with Lyth Hill Road, on Tuesday evening causing congestion on surrounding roads.

Traffic was also held up as far back as Emstrey Island on the A5 and Dobbies Roundabout was at gridlock.

Motorists have been taking alternatives routes via narrow country lanes which has led to further congestion.

Severn Trent today said the lights have been put up while emergency repairs are made to a collapsed manhole.

A spokeswoman said: "The council reported a collapsing/dangerous manhole to us yesterday and it is in close proximity to a BT cover. We have had to put the lights up as safetyey measure for our crews and members of the public. I'm sorry for any inconvenience caused."

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Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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