Residents’ views sought on one-way traffic system bid

Residents of a town have been invited to submit their views on plans to install a one-way traffic system.

Cars parked at High Street, Bishop's Castle
Cars parked at High Street, Bishop's Castle

Historic Bishop’s Castle is built on steep hills and filled with narrow streets that flood with visitors in normal years.

A group from Bishop’s Castle Town Council has been working on possible solutions to traffic issues such as a lack of parking and making the roads safer.

Residents are now encouraged to submit feedback on plans for a one-way system involving Welsh Street, Market Square, High Street and Salop Street by Friday.

A spokesperson from the town council said: “Against the odds, the town actually muddles on very well; in its own way it works. But with the recent huge increase in home deliveries, new additional housing and the new business park more cars will come. The current system is not sustainable.

“There have already been instances when emergency vehicles have not been able to get through and where pavements have been blocked by parked cars so cannot be used by people with disabilities or mums and dads with buggies.

“It is proposed that a one-way system be introduced basically involving Welsh Street, Market Square, High Street and Salop Street. This should ease congestion and aid access.

“Although, some adjustment to key junctions and pavements, possibly some traffic calming measures on High Street and Union Street and new signage would be required, by taking this action it is believed other changes such as the introduction of more yellow lines or parking restrictions could be kept to the minimum.

“We know change is rarely welcome to everyone and some individuals will have specific comments and views. We therefore want to hear your views and any practical suggestions on the proposal below.”

The proposed plans include a one way road from Wintles Junction to Market Square along Welsh Street with no right turn at bottom of Castle Street and no entry from Welsh Street into Union Street.

Also included are plans for a one-way road up Salop Street to High Street; down High Street to Boars Head Junction; and down New Street to Station Street.

There would also be no entry from High Street and Market Square East into Market Square West and Welsh Street.

A 20mph speed limit for all of Bishop’s Castle is also proposed.

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