The company is planning to replace two kilometres of water pipes between Ludlow Food Centre and finish near Felton Farm. The work will start on 9 January and continue for 5 months. A drop-in session will take place in the Board Room at The Clive near Ludlow Food Centre on Wednesday 13 December between 3pm and 7pm.
Due to the closure of Upper Galdeford over the next couple of weeks and some buses will be diverted.
The 722 park and ride service will travel via Gravel Hill, Henley Road, the A49 bypass, Sheet Road, Weeping Cross and Old Street. The bus departing the town centre on the hour will call at Parys Road and Tollgate on the way back into town. The bus on the half-hour will serve the Rocks Green estate and the Steventon loop. The supermarkets will be served on the way out of town, not the way in.
With the A49 and Brand Lane closures, we have about had our fill of road closures in Ludlow this year. But there is one more scheduled closure to come. The top end of Lower Galdeford and Upper Galdeford will be closed from 6 to 16 November during the day to resurface the road surface. There will be temporary traffic lights on the junction of Upper Galdeford, Station Drive and Gravel Hill for one day the week before. This work is essential and has been already delayed to avoid the tourist season.
Ludlow’s Mayor Tim Gill and Shropshire Councillor Andy Boddington are warning that incomplete roadworks in Ludlow could create havoc during next week’s Food Festival.
Tim Gill explains:
“Shropshire Council surface gritted Corve Street several weeks ago. This is one of the two main roads that lead into the town centre. But the council hasn’t repainted any white or yellow lines. The chaos has led to bus and loading bays being full of parked cars. That has prevented buses safely discharging passengers. Delivery lorries have blocked the highway causing tailbacks because the loading bays are full of cars.
“Given what it is like now, the prospect for the Food Festival this weekend is dire. Buses will be unable to safely discharge and collect people without the road being blocked to other traffic.”
“We need the Food Festival to work well. Shropshire Council must step up to mark and it must do it quickly. I see no signs of it doing so.”
Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North, says:
“We get hour by hour updates on roadworks in Shrewsbury. But is impossible to get any information from Shropshire Council on what is happening in Ludlow week in week out.
“The council tells me that it has a serious problem with its highway contractor Ringway. The council says it has no clue what is happening day to day on road repairs. It can take two to three days for officers to get a response from Ringway. Yet this company is being paid millions from the public purse to keep the county’s roads up to scratch. Anyone driving around will know that our roads are not up to scratch.
“Taxpayers’ money is quite literally going down the drain in late and incompetent repairs. One street in Ludlow has had to be resurfaced three times because the contractor failed to get it right. I do not know why Shropshire Council continues to pay its highway contractors when they are not delivering the road maintenance this county needs.”
The A49 has reopened at Onibury.
Hopefully, we will never see the like of this again. The A49 was closed for more than nine days. The rail line was replaced by a slow bus service for four weekends in a row, and the previous Sunday. This closure had to happen at short notice because Network Rail had failed to upgrade and repair the Onibury crossing over several years. The result is that trade in Ludlow has been lower than normal.
The diversions were lengthy and often confusing. Many drivers took local diversions, some suitable, some not. Culmington suffered due to the lack of a weight limit on the B4365 to restrict HGVs, especially later in the week as word got out among lorry drivers that this was a viable diversion. It would have been better if the road had been restricted to light vehicles and buses only.