Shrewsbury town centre roadworks set to be completed in April

Work to improve pavements, crossing points, road signs, street furniture and road surfaces in Shrewsbury town centre is set to be completed next month .

Part of the work in Shrewsbury town centre
Part of the work in Shrewsbury town centre

The work is being carried out between Smithfield Road and Bellstone, on Roushill, Mardol and Claremont Street. It began in early 2020 and is being carried out in phases.

Shropshire Council said that work is slightly behind schedule because of the extra work carried out at the Mardol/Claremont Bank junction, pandemic restrictions and recent poor weather.

It is part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package – a £12 million programme of work in and around Shrewsbury town centre.

This phase of work started up again in early January 2021 after the Christmas and New Year break.

Recent work has been carried out in Barker Street, Bellstone and in Claremont Hill where roads have been closed while granite kerbs and York Stone setts were put in.

Granite tactile paving has been installed in Barker Street, along with a Belisha beacon, in readiness for forming a pedestrian crossing when road surfacing is complete around the end of March.

Work has also started on Shoplatch where there will also be new street furniture installed.

Future work will include temporary road closures in Claremont Street, Upper Mardol, the Roushill/Mardol junction and Bellstone before Easter and then at Shoplatch and Mardol Heath and Barker Street between April 6-14 after an Easter break.

Shropshire Council said all closures would be 24-hour with signed diversion routes in place. Further details will be provided to businesses on how deliveries may be accommodated during the closures.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This work is key to improving the public and urban realm for Shrewsbury, and we thank people for their understanding while all of this important work is carried out.

“New natural stone kerb lines are being constructed to provide wider pavements and new pedestrian crossing points. The pavements are being repaved with high-quality natural stone materials, and there will be updated street furniture and traffic sign upgrades.

“A particular focus since work restarted in January has been to complete most of the paving to shop frontages, so that access is much improved once there is a relaxation of the current lockdown restrictions.

“With coronavirus in mind we ask people to please only approach our site personnel if there is an absolute need to do so, and then maintain social distancing. And we also ask people to respect our workers’ space and safety by driving carefully and slowly through the roadworks.”

He said work is set to be completed slightly behind schedule primarily due to the extended scope of works at the Mardol/Claremont Street junction, the restrictions due to the pandemic, and more recently, poor weather conditions, all of which have impacted on the original programme.

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