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Shrewsbury gyratory and Coleham Head improvements – update 11 October 2017

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Improvement work began at the English Bridge gyratory and Coleham Head in Shrewsbury at the end of July 2017. The work is being carried out as part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP).

This is the fifth in a series of progress updates, which can also be seen at shropshire.gov.uk/sitp.

Update -- 11 October 2017

Footpath enhancement and re-paving work at the English Bridge gyratory is continuing as planned and is due to be completed by early November. Traffic and pedestrian management is operating well with no significant delays or impact.

New traffic signals, signing and street furniture is beginning to be installed with the new improved pedestrian crossing facilities due to be operational by mid-November.

The extension of the footway improvement works on Old Abbey Foregate will now begin on 23 October.

The additional drainage works at Coleham Head are nearing completion and the new crossing facilities, improved junction layout and landscaping are due to be completed by the end of October.

Further information

This diagram shows a detailed plan of the work that is being carried out at the gyratory.

This diagram shows a detailed plan of the work that is being carried out at Coleham Head.

For more information about the work, watch the video below -- or go to shropshire.gov.uk/sitp.

Further information

What is the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package?

The Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP) aims to stop drivers using the town centre as a through route, and to make better use of the town’s outer and inner ring roads instead.

At the same time, a number of improvements are planned for the town centre to make it more attractive and appealing for pedestrians, and make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to access the town centre and find their way around.

The SITP has been designed to improve access to the town, make it a safer and more appealing place to visit or do business, whilst also reducing pollution levels.

Drawn up by experts from Shropshire Council and its consultant WSP, with the support of Shrewsbury BID and Shrewsbury Vision, the plans have been approved by the Department for Transport. The plans aim to ensure the infrastructure of our county is fit for purpose and will remain fit for purpose for the foreseeable future and beyond.

What work is taking place?

The SITP work falls into two main categories:

(1) Key junction improvements – February 2017 to November 2017

Work is/was scheduled to take place at the following locations, on the dates stated:

  • Meole Brace roundabout – from 10 February to 30 May 2017
  • Sutton Park roundabout – from 10 April to 7 May 2017
  • Reabrook roundabout – from 8 May to 26 July 2017
  • English Bridge Gyratory (inc Coleham Head) – from 31 July to 10 November 2017

The programme is / was subject to change due to acceleration of works or unforeseen events. Please continue to look at the Shropshire Council website for up-to-date details.

The programme as a whole has been agreed to take into account the major events that are taking place, or took place, in Shrewsbury during the spring and summer.

(2) Town centre improvements – beginning in January 2018

Who is paying for the work?

The project will be delivered thanks to Government funding secured by The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of an £80m Growth Deal to support infrastructure and broadband schemes in the region.

The work will cost £12m – with £6m coming from the Marches LEP, and £6m from developer contributions under the community infrastructure levy (CIL) and section 106 payments.

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