Tag: Transport

Update on lift installation at Ludlow railway station

People in the neighbourhood of Station Drive and councillors have received an update on the work to install a lift on Platform 1 at the railway station. Network Rail now hope to complete the work by the summer, pushed back from the previous estimate of completion by March. Station Drive will be closed overnight on three Saturdays, 10, 17 and 24 February to lift the lift into position. Problems with turning out of Tesco have been eased by moving the lights. The overnight road closures will not have a significant impact on the town but I will be asking for the lane closure on Station Drive to be lifted before Easter, which beginning of the main visitor season in our town. The extension means that the closure of park of Galdeford car park and on the station car park will continue for longer. This work is essential to ensure that […]

Belisha demolished overnight on Sheet Road leaving the crossing dangerous

Update 24 October. Repairs are currently scheduled for 30 October. Shropshire Council will pursue the cost through the driver’s insurance. Update 23 October. Shropshire Council has now made the crossing safe. Article Last night, a white Opal car demolished the Belisha beacon on the zebra crossing at the top of Sheet Road. The beacon was on the refuge, the island in the middle of the road. Now it lies flattened. It is a safety hazard. The crossing is now unusable for disabled people and difficult to negotiate for people with shopping trolleys and dogs. This is one of the most used crossings in Ludlow. People use it to access the Co-op, the Squirrel, Pets at Home and to stroll out of town including into the Foldgate field. There are so many dogs being walked at the Foldgate Lane junction, I call it Dog Central. I have asked for urgent action […]

Train station lift, Station Drive delays for 9 months – drop in session Thursday 31 August – line closure

The long awaited project to install a lift on Platform 1 of Ludlow rail station will commence in October. During the works, Station Drive outside the station will be restricted to one lane with contra flow traffic for nine months from October to May. Network Rail is holding a drop in session to explain its plans from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday 31 August at the Ludlow Mascall Centre. This lift is needed, as anyone with limited mobility will know. But I am concerned that there will be disruption to traffic for up to nine months. I have a lot of questions on why traffic restrictions need to be in place for so long and about the details of the traffic restrictions. In unrelated work, Transport for Wales is to close the line between Hereford and Shrewsbury from Tuesday 12 September to Thursday 21 September. Rail replacement buses will run.

Council backs down on charging community and remembrance parades for road closures

We were shocked earlier in the month by Shropshire Council proposals to charge for street closures for not-for-profit, community and Remembrance parades. The reaction around the county was furious. I wrote: “Charging for commemorating those that have died to support our freedom is to put it bluntly, disgraceful. It shows that the council has lost any sense of moral purpose and that it is more interested in earning money than paying respect. And it is mean spirited. Charging for Remembrance events will only raise £1,400 year.” Last Wednesday, the council’s cabinet agreed to scrap the proposals and charge only for commercial events.

Final plans for EV charging points on Mill Street confirmed

Over the last year or so, there has been more than a little controversy over plans for two EV charging points in Mill Street. An early lack of consultation, the locations for the points being marked in the wrong place and a general resistance to parking spaces being used for visitors rather than residents all contributed to the fuss. Electrically powered cars are now commonplace. From 2030, petrol and diesel vehicles will no longer be sold in the UK, though hybrids can be sold until 2035. All new cars and vans be fully zero emission at the tailpipe from 2035. The car market is gearing up for this transition, despite short term difficulties in supply caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Progress is somewhat slower in installing EV charging points. The attitude that our town centre residential streets should not have EV charging points and they should […]

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