Category: Transport

Roadworks on New Road and Sandpits will break for Christmas and resume in the New Year

The £1.3 million plus scheme to replace the sewerage pipes on New Road and Sandpits Road is will not be complete this year. However, work on New Road will be suspended on 9 November until the second week of January. The road will be returned to two-way traffic when the works are suspended. In the New Year, Seven Trent Water’s contractor, Amey will mole drill under Gravel Hill to connect the New Road pipe with the work on Sandpits. Work on replacing utility services on Sandpits Road will continue beyond 9 November but will be suspended for the holiday season.

Dinham Bridge has taken a lot of heavy traffic this year – it’s to be closed for inspection on 20 October

Dinham Bridge will be closed on Tuesday 20 October 2020 from 9.30am to 4pm to enable a routine inspection of the bridge, which carries the road over the River Teme at Dinham. While the road is closed, traffic will be diverted along Dinham, Lower Wood Road, Whitcliffe Road and the B4361 by a signed diversion. This inspection has been scheduled for a while but we really need it this year. The official diversion for vehicles during the King Street closure (which looks likely to end next week) was over the Whitcliffe. We need to inspect our historic bridge to ensure the historical fabric is unscathed and there are no structural issues.

No backing for Ludlow park and ride improvements from Shropshire Council but promise to look into anti-social behaviour

“There are no current plans for Ludlow park and ride site or connecting bus services, although it is recognised that an overall movement strategy for the town needs to be considered as part of the wider developments recently approved in the town.” That was the statement from Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting at last Monday’s cabinet meeting. It was in response to a question from Shrewsbury councillor, David Vasmer, who at my request asked about Ludlow’s park and ride while pressing the leader on consultation about the proposed upgrading of Shrewsbury’s park and ride service. Although Peter Nutting said there are no plans for the park and ride site, he did promise to personally investigate the problems of anti-social behaviour. After the meeting though, he made it clear that he was not promising any action.

Work underway to repair the Buttercross but no date yet for completion and partial reopening of King Street

Ludlow Town Council last night received an update on repairs to the Buttercross. Councillors heard that repairs are underway but no date for completion is available. A lot depends on the weather and a skilled task like this will take time. Once the repairs are substantially complete, King Street can be reopened though the closure between 10am and 3pm on Fridays and Saturdays will remain in force until the experimental traffic regulation order is revoked.

Government proposes banning parking on pavements – is it a good idea? Vote now

It’s been a long time coming. But this morning ministers have launched a consultation on banning vehicles from parking on pavements in most areas. Currently the ban only applies in London. I would welcome the ban being extended to the rest of the country. It is time to reclaim our pavements from thoughtless car and van drivers. The government’s consultation is asking for opinions on three options. Keep things as they are but clarify some technicalities in the legislation. Give civil enforcement officers working for councils the power to issue penalty charge notices where there is an obstruction. Enforce an outright ban except for emergency vehicles and loading. There is a lot of debate to be had on this topic. I’d like to know your opinions. You can vote and comment below.

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