Category: Transport

Sandpits Road closed from 13 July 2020 to February 2021 for utility and safety works – New Road is one way from October to February

We have been expecting this work for a while. There has long been a problem with flooding of properties at Whitefriars off Sandpits Road. However, to allow sewers to realigned and their capacity increased, other utilities need to be moved – electricity, gas, telecoms and water. That’s a big task, hence the length of the closure – up to nine months. Severn Trent Water (STW) will also upgrade the sewers on New Road during the same contract.   Pedestrian access is unaffected. Access to the school and homes will be maintained, including for emergency services. As part of the works, STW will install a raised table outside the school entrance to slow traffic. That’s a long awaited road safety project.

Shropshire Council withdraws seven day closures for King Street and High Street in favour of agreed two day closures for King Street

The last seven days have not been Shropshire Council’s finest hours. Especially for its highway’s managers. Last Thursday or thereabouts, it issued an experimental traffic regulation order closing King Street and High Street every day of the week between 10am and 3pm. On Friday afternoon it issued a press release confirming the closure from Monday morning. Only yesterday afternoon, did highway’s managers admit that the experimental TRO was wrong. We had agreed closure on Fridays and Saturdays during the middle of the day. And only for King Street. Not for High Street. Not for Sunday to Thursday. The result of the confusion is that the agreed King Street road closure, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 3pm, will not be in place until next week.

I don’t believe this. It does not accord with the facts. It will be a closure on Frday and Saturday only. (In an earlier version of the article, the headline read that the roads would be closed to 7pm. Apologies.) On Friday, Shropshire Council said King Street and High Street would be closed in the middle of the day seven days a week. That’s despite the portfolio holder for transport, Steve Davenport telling councillors that the closure would be just Fridays and Saturdays. And would only apply to King Street. That’s what will all think will be the case. But Shropshire Council has published details of the seven day road closures. Either highways officers don’t know what is going on or the cabinet doesn’t know what is going on. Does anyone in Shropshire Council know what is going on? A senior manager of highways this afternoon, three days after the issue was raised, said: “I’m talking this through with colleagues as I type, then I will update later by email, and then intend to call later or first thing in the morning in order to ensure all are aware and any solution is shared and hopefully agreed by all.” Make…

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A new bus shelter for Ludlow – where should it go asks Ludlow Town Council

The bus shelter on Corve Street, at the stop known as the Compasses, has proved a great success. On wet and windy days, people welcome some respite from the weather while they wait for the bus to Shrewsbury or the town service. The shelter was funded by the town council. Recently, it agreed to install a new bus shelter every year. But where should the next bus stop go? The town council is now consulting on the best location for the next bus shelter. Deadline 26 June. Email your thoughts to kate.adams@ludlow.gov.uk.

Update. The cabinet agreed to introduce the holiday let parking scheme. Holiday lets across Ludlow town centre have been losing bookings because visitors cannot park nearby. Once told they would have to park in one of the public car parks, often some way away, they have booked somewhere else where parking is more convenient. On Monday, Shropshire Council’s cabinet will consider a recommendation to allow each holiday let a single on-street parking permit. The decision must be made by cabinet because Ludlow Town Council has objected to the move, saying a wider range of businesses should have been included. I disagree. This is a straightforward action that will help ensure the viability of holiday lets. These form a core part of Ludlow’s visitor economy. It will also promote access for people with physical and learning disabilities. Officers say this change would have little impact on parking in the town centre. Update: Shropshire Council has now approved the permit scheme.

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