Shropshire Star

Four weeks of overnight closures starting on A5 between Oswestry and Shrewsbury

Motorists are being reminded that tonight marks the start of more than a month of overnight road closures on one of Shropshire's busiest roads as improvement works begin.

The A5 at Oswestry. Photo: Google StreetView.

Drivers face more than four weeks of misery as work will be carried out from tonight through to July 7, on the A5 between the Mile End roundabout at Oswestry and the Churncote roundabout near Shrewsbury.

The road will be closed between 8pm and 6am, when the works will be undertaken by Highways England.

The works are part of a pavement resurfacing scheme.

It is believed that traffic will be diverted via Four Crosses and Llandrinio during the closures.

At the time the road works and closure was announced, Councillor Robert Milton, chairman of Oswestry Rural Parish Council, said: "I'm always concerned whenever I hear about a closure on the A5 because the disruption it causes people is usually absolutely awful.

"Not only are the diversions long, usually from Shrewsbury to Oswestry, you're taken towards Welshpool, it's the damage they cause to the unclassified roads.

"A lot of heavy goods vehicles use the A5 between Oswestry and Shrewsbury day and night, which is a lot for these unclassified, B roads to take, when they are diverted onto them.

"Plus it has an impact on local communities, with a high volume of vehicles passing through late at night, which keeps people awake because of the noise."