Network Rail drop-in sessions on July A49 corridor rail and road closures next week

Network Rail will be holding a public drop-in session at the Bishop Mascall Centre, Ludlow on Tuesday 13 June, 3-7pm. Their team will also be in Onibury on Wednesday and Craven Arms on Thursday. The sessions are to brief the public on the full closure of the A49 to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists between Saturday 1 July and Sunday 9 July. The rail line will be closed all day on the weekends of 1-2 July and 8-9 July with an hourly bus replacement.

This is in addition to previously planned weekend rail closures on 17-18 June and 24-25 June. That means that Ludlow’s rail line will be closed for four weekends in a row during the peak tourist season.

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Peak tourist season begins – so let’s close Shropshire’s transport network down

What do you call it? A cacophony of road and rail closures? A collision? Or perhaps a conspiracy?

Get ready for closure of the A5 overnight for three weeks. The A49 will be shut at Onibury 24-hours a day for ten days. Drivers will be directed via Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. The main exit from Ludlow town centre will be blocked for three days, so HGVs and coaches will be sent over Dinham Bridge and Whitcliffe. South Shrewsbury is already often gridlocked as the “hamburger” – served without fries – is installed at Meole Brace and Reabrook roundabout is resurfaced. Arriva Wales is stopping trains between Shrewsbury and Crewe for five hours just because there is a football match on. That’s on top of two weekend line closures.

This is truly a “chaos” of closures.

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Update on roadworks at top of Station Drive – a response from Western Power

Councillor Tracey Huffer and I have expressed our frustration at the length of time it is taking for roadworks at the junction of Station Drive with Upper Galdeford and Gravel Hill. Most of the time there are no workers on the site – except for the operative who sits in a van all day in case the temporary traffic lights fail. Town buses inbound to the town centre are being diverted via Weeping Cross and Old Street in an attempt to keep to timetable.

Now Western Power has responded to our complaints. Here is the company’s statement:

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Major gas main replacement in Ludlow in 2015

A major programme of gas mains replacement is planned for Ludlow during 2015. A total of 700 metres of pipes will be replaced by National Grid Gas and their contractors Balfour Beatty.

Streets from New Road to Temeside will be closed or controlled with traffic signals at some point. The work will involve a mixture of open tranches for pipe replacement and intermittent pits for slip lining existing pipework.

There are no dates for the works yet. We are arranging meetings with the contractors and council officials. We especially want to avoid disruptions during the festivals and other days when visitors flock to Ludlow. We will as always keep you informed about the plans. Continue reading “Major gas main replacement in Ludlow in 2015”

Ludlow’s Corve Street to be closed between Tesco and the Mitre for two days

These are current plans and may change if the weather is wet.

Bromfield Road will be closed at the Corve Bridge on Sunday 31 August for one day for micro-surfacing.

Lower Corve Street will be closed for micro surfacing on Monday and Tuesday 1/2 September. Vehicles, including buses, will be diverted from Bromfield Road, across the Corve Bridge, up New Road and onto Gravel Hill.

Further information on the closure from Kirsty Jones, 0345 6789006.