New parking charges in Market Drayton, Prees Heath and Whitchurch
New charges come into effect in all Shropshire Council car parks in Market Drayton, Prees Heath and Whitchurch today (11 February). A summary of the charges can be viewed here.
Shrewsbury Flower Show 2018
A reminder about parking arrangements in Shrewsbury town centre on the days of the Shrewsbury Flower Show, held on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August 2018.
Parking your car if you're visiting the show
On the days of the show our Frankwell Main Long Stay Car Park and Frankwell Riverside Short Stay Car Park will be designated as flower show car parks, for use by people visiting the show. In addition, there are temporary car parks at Burrs Field and the Shropshire County Show Ground.
Motorists are advised to use one of these designated flower show car parks by following the ‘AA - Flower Show’ directional signs, which will be actively managed throughout the day to help you to reach the most suitable car park, to manage the traffic flows in and around the town, and to help keep traffic moving and congestion to a minimum.
The Shropshire County Show Ground car park, although further away from the town centre, will have a frequent free shuttle bus service direct to and from the showground, which starts at 9am. Low-floored buses will be available for visitors in wheelchairs or with pushchairs.
The last bus back for this site will leave Barker Street at 10:15pm
Each of the flower show car parks will be open from 9am on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August, and the cost will be £6 per vehicle all day. There will be sufficient car parking for all vehicles visiting the show.
Parking for non-flower show cars will be available on Frankwell sports field only before 9am, at a cost of £4 all day, and is aimed at long-stay parking for workers in the town centre.
St. Julian’s Friars car park will not be open for public car parking on either 10 or 11 August.
Frankwell Main car park is the only free coach park available this year, with capacity for up to 100 coaches.
If you're visiting with an HGV vehicle or a non-flower show coach please use Abbey Foregate Car Park, although only ten spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Mobility buses shuttle service
A shuttle service will operate from Frankwell Main car park/coach park for people in wheelchairs, and those who may have difficulty walking, plus their carers. This service will be available between the hours of 9am and 7:30pm. Drop off and pick up will be at St Chad’s Terrace.
The mobility symbol is incorporated in the AA traffic direction signs.
An extended park and ride evening service
The park and ride service will be extended only for people visiting the show late afternoon or those specifically wishing to see the fireworks display. Buses will run approximately every 15 minutes from 6:30pm, stopping for the fireworks display at 9:15pm, and then resuming afterwards until 10:15pm.
The bus stops/drop off points are at Shoplatch and Barker Street where the main access is accessible by St John’s Hill and Claremont Hill. However, people will be picked up only at Barker Street after the firework display has finished.
On leaving The Quarry passengers should make their way to Barker Street via Claremont Hill where it is signed for the pick-up points, and Arriva representatives will be on hand to direct people to the relevant terminals until 10:15pm.
A return trip costs £1.60, and the sites are well signed on all approaches to the town centre. There are no concessionary fares on the evening service.
Shropshire County Showground Car Park evening shuttle bus
After the fireworks the above will run from Claremont Hill outside Montgomery’s Tower Bar at 10:15pm.
Local special flower show additional evening town bus services
There will be several town services operating with a single departure at 10:15pm from Claremont Street going to the following locations:
2215 Route 1 to Telford Estate
2215 Route 11 to Gains Park
2215 Route 25 to Harlescott
Meadow Farm Drive
2215 Route 27 to Bayston Hill
There will be a limited number of spaces on these services, so passengers are advised to leave enough time before departure. Journeys on these services will cost £2 per passenger for adults and £1 per passenger for children. Concessionary passes are not accepted on this service
Parking for non-flower show visitors
The Abbey Foregate Car Park, Raven Meadows Multi-Storey Car Park and the short-stay town centre car parks will all be open as normal on the days of the flower show, with Raven Meadows remaining open until 7pm on both days of the show (normal operating hours).
Should a vehicle become locked in the car park the owner should call the council on the out-of-hours number shown on the information board at the car park, and we'll arrange for security to unlock the car park. Unfortunately, this will incur a lock-in fee of £60, and your parking tariff.
Park and ride – normal daytime service if you're NOT visiting the show
People who wish to visit the town centre to shop or work are asked to use the park and ride service, which will be dedicated to the non-flower show car park users who wish to avoid flower show traffic.
The site will open as normal, with express buses running every 20 minutes from all sites to the town centre. The first bus is at 7:20am on Friday and 8am on Saturday.
From around 8:30am on the Friday and Saturday the buses will increase to around a ten-minute frequency, with the last bus leaving the town centre at 6:30pm.
A return trip costs £1.60 and the sites are well signed on all approaches to the town centre.
Road closures and ‘no parking’ areas
St Chads Terrace (adjacent to St. Chads Church) on the Town Walls route will be closed for both days. Through traffic will be able to use the High Street or St. Johns Hill.
There will also be closures of High Street, Shoplatch, and St. Johns Hill for 15 minutes for the military parade through the town at around 11:10am on both days.
There will be 'no parking' orders in place at various locations including Victoria Avenue, Priory Road (emergency route) and Claremont Street. Also, some other roads outside the town centre may be affected due to flower show traffic on busy routes into the town or near car parks.
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