Virtual public meeting looks at Shrewsbury relief road alternatives

Shrewsbury Green Party is hosting a virtual public meeting tonight to look at alternatives to the town's North West Relief Road.

 Emma Bullard
Emma Bullard

The party says if given the go-ahead the road is likely to prove ruinous for Shropshire both financially and environmentally.

A planning application for the Shrewsbury North West Relief Road was last week submitted by Shropshire Council. If approved, a new, single carriageway road would link the northern and western parts of Shrewsbury, with new bridges over the River Severn and its flood plain and the Shrewsbury-Chester railway line.

The 7.30pm meeting is being hosted by sustainable transport campaigner and Green Party member Emma Bullard.

Emma said: “This road is destined to be a total disaster for Shropshire. It will not solve Shrewsbury’s congestion problems and will actually lead to more traffic. Building it will generate tens of thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions and destroy wildlife habitats, as well as seriously threatening Shrewsbury’s drinking water. This goes completely against the Climate Emergency that Shropshire declared.

“Most of all, though, the road will ruin Shropshire financially. Shropshire Council is in dire financial difficulties due to the pandemic and buying overpriced shopping centres. But our council leaders have committed us to paying £28.5 million for the road as well as all of any overspend.”

Donations will go to the Green Party.

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