Shropshire Council

Temporary closures of public rights of way

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 allows for the temporary closure of a Public Right of Way on the grounds of public safety to enable the applicant to carry out works.  Following application, an order is made and advertised to close a route for a specified period, initially for up to six months (although this may be extended).  Where possible an alternative route is identified for users and described in the notice erected at either end of the closed route.

To make an application for a temporary closure read the guidance note PGN 21 and download the application form - links available to both documents in the related information section on this page.

The following is a list of current temporary closures:

Footpath 13 Bicton at the Severn Hospice, Bicton from GR SJ 4582 1380 where the Footpath enters the site running north then easterly for approximately 180 metres to GR SJ 4585 1394 where it continues to the rear of the existing Hospice buildings will be extended until 21 January 2021 on the grounds of public safety whilst site work continues at The Severn Hospice. 

An alternative route is available between the same grid references running northerly then easterly around an area of vegetation until it meets Clayton Way and proceeds north along  Clayton Way for approximately 100 metres until it  re-joins  the remainder of the footpath and vice versa.

FP UN1 Wistanstow and FP UN3 Acton Scott - Footpath UN 1 Wistanstow from GR SO 4428 8958 just west of the railway in Marshbrook, running easterly to cross the railway line and continuing easterly then north easterly as footpath UN 3 Acton Scott to meet the A49 at GR SO 4442 8970 a distance of approximately 185 metres.        

The order will continue to be in force from 12 December 2021 until 12 December 2021 (or until works are completed whichever is sooner) and is required on the grounds of public safety to allow remedial work to be carried out to the rail crossing by Network Rail to ensure compliance with minimum sighting requirements and the reopening of the crossing when the work is complete. There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity.

Footpath 38, Whitchurch where it leaves Alport Road, at GR SJ 5451 4208 running easterly between houses then ENE across a field and continuing as Footpath 40 generally NNE across a field to a footbridge at GR SJ 5482 4219 and  Footpath 39 from GR SJ 54674199 running north easterly for approximately 115 metres across a field to its junction with Footpaths 38 and 40 at GR SJ 5474 4207

The Order will come into operation on 3 September 2018 and is required in the interests of public safety during housing development works.  The closure has been extended until November 2023.

An alternative route to continue on the footpaths network either northerly or easterly is by continuing northerly along Alport Road for approximately 370 metres to access Footpath 41 on the right which runs to Black Park Road.

FP 59 Bayston Hill – Rail Crossing - that part of Footpath 59, Bayston Hill from GR SJ4898 0953 running generally north easterly for approximately 100 metres crossing the railway line to GR SJ 4907 0958 has been extended until 7 May 2022, on the grounds of public safety because of the likelihood of danger to the public where the path crosses the railway line following a recent Risk Assessment. An alternative route is available utilising a bridge crossing the railway line between the same grid references slightly to the south of the definitive line of the footpath.

FP 45,46 & 47 Whitchurch - Mile Bank Road
Footpath 46 in Whitchurch where it leaves Mile Bank Road at SJ 5522 4309 and enters a former dairy factory site running south easterly for 75 metres to SJ 5526 4303 to meet FP 45 which continues south westerly for 430 metres to SJ 5516 4263 at junction with FP 50. Also, FP 47 which leaves FP 45 to run north easterly for 250 metres to the junction with BW 51 and FP 48 at SJ 5546 3419 will continue in force until the 30 October 2022 or until the completion of the works, on the grounds of public safety due the development of the site. An alternative route is available off Mile Bank Road at SJ 5538 4327 using BW 51 & FP 50 just south of the site.

FP 81 & FP 82 Shrewsbury
Footpath 81 from Oteley Road at GR SJ 5024 1083 in a general south easterly then easterly direction to GR SJ 5041 1011 & Footpath 82 from Oteley Road at GR 5033 1034 in a general southerly direction to GR 5041 1011 over the A5 then to GR 5037 0999 at Sutton Hall.
The Order will come into operation on 1st March 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safety.

Footpath 14 Melverley from GR SJ 3197 1748 running in a general south easterly direction following the northern bank of the River Vyrnwy for approximately 850 metres to GR SJ 3247 1700.

The order will come into operation on 2nd March 2020 for a period of 6 months (and will be extended until 1st May 2021) and is required on the grounds of public safety whilst work is undertaken by the Environment Agency to reconstruct a flood defence bank.

There is an alternative route available for the public to use proceeding north easterly along FP 13 to the road at Hendre, turn right to follow the road for a short distance then right onto FP 15 to rejoin the riverside path and vice versa.

BW 54 & BW UN3 Little Ness/Baschurch BW 54 from Bunny Lane at Adcote (GR SJ 4224 1953) running in a general north easterly direction past Adcote Mill, crossing the River Perry (GR SJ 4228 1958) and BW UN3 leaving BW 54 before the River Perry then in a general south east, north east then south easterly direction to GR SJ 4260 1968.

Footpath 39 Condover at Forge Way from GR 4775 0283 running in a general south westerly direction to GR 4772 0274.

The order will continue to be in force from the 1 April 2021 to 1 October 2022 and is still required on the grounds of public safety due to work being undertaken on the new development.

An alternative route for the closure of FP 39 will be provided through the development.

Restricted Byway 75A Shrewsbury from GR SJ 4996 1034 where it leaves Oteley Road running in a general northerly direction through the Taylor Wimpey development site for approximately 540 metres to GR SJ 4980.

The order will come into operation on 28 January 2021 until the 28 July 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safety because of the potential danger to the public during works being undertaken on the development.

An alternative route is available via FP 77 to the East and FP 75 to the west of the restricted byway.

BW 19 Ludlow which leaves the B4365 at GR 4956 7713 and runs in a general north westerly direction alongside the racecourse to Station Road at GR 4876 7749.

The Order will come into operation on 11 February 2021 for a period of up to 6 months and is required on the grounds of public safety and making the racecourse a secure site to allow the building to be used as a Covid vaccination site.

Footpath 14 Berrington from GR 52840689 running in a general north westerly direction to GR 52560734.

The Order will come into operation on 4 March 2021 until 4 September 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safety due to a sink hole opening up at the southern end of the route.

There is no alternative route available. 

Byway Open To All Traffic 29 (part) Alveley, at Turley Green from Grid Reference SO 7641 8582 running for approximately 510 metres between Gortons Dingle and a lake generally westerly then southerly between fields to SO 7611 8552 where it joins the County Road.

The Order will come into operation on 4 March 2021 until 4 September 2021 and is required to prevent further damage to the surface of the route which is in a dangerous state.

An alternative route will be available travelling along County Roads in the vicinity of the Byway.

Footpath 16 All Stretton & Leebotwood from grid reference SO 4680 9737 in a generally north easterly direction over the railway line to grid reference SO 4723 9761.

The Order will come into operation on 7 March 2021 for up to 6 months and is required so that track renewal works can be carried out.

There is no alternative route available. 

FP 74 & 72 (part) Shrewsbury (behind the football stadium). FP 74 leaving GR SJ 4965 1038 alongside the access road into the Football Stadium running in a general southerly direction to GR SJ 4971 1012 and that part of FP 72 leaving GR SJ 4678 1018 running in a general easterly direction to GR SJ 4974 1014.

The Order will come into operation on 29 March 2021 until the 29 September 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safety because of the potential danger to the public during works being undertaken on the development.

FP 73 runs parallel to the closed line of FP 74 and will provide an alternative route for walkers to the south.

A temporary diversion for FP 72 will take walkers to the north and west around the area being developed.

Footpath 47R (part) Condover from where it leaves Harley Road at Grid Reference SJ 4923 0596 travelling in a generally south easterly direction to where it meets Dorrington Road at SJ 4931 0586.

The Order will come into operation on 12 April 2021 for up to 6 months or until works are completed whichever is soonest and is required so that structural repairs can be carried out on a building adjacent to the route.

There is no alternative route available.

Bridleway 3, Bridleway UN3 & Restricted Byway UN1, Ludford and Ashford Carbonel from where Bridleway 3 leaves Steventon Road at Grid Reference SO 5225 7334 travelling in a generally southerly direction to meet Bridleway UN3 and cross the rail crossing before joining Restricted Byway UN1 at Grid Reference SO 5172 7198 continuing along the Restricted Byway to meet the County Road at Grid Reference SO 5222 7115  .

The Order will come into operation on 15 April 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safety so that repair works at the rail crossing can be carried out.

There is no alternative route available, however access will be maintained on foot along the Footpath adjacent to Restricted Byway UN1 between the County Road and Saltmoor Coppice. 

Footpath 14 (part) Melverley from grid reference SJ 3197 1747 along the River in a generally south-easterly direction to grid reference SJ 3246 1700.

The Order will come into operation on 4 May 2021 for a period of up to 6 months and is required so that works to rebuild and strengthen existing flood defences can be carried out.

There is an alternative route available for use on foot using the Right of Way Network and a small section of Gooserun Lane.

Footpath 5/5Y Sheriffhales from where Footpath 5Y leaves the A41 at grid reference SJ 7786 1352 travelling in a westerly direction along Footpath 5 to end at Damson Lane grid reference SJ 7753 1349.

The Order will come into operation on 26 May 2021 until 26 November 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safety due to damage to the building adjacent to the routes.

There is no safe alternative route available.

Footpath 34 (part) Weston Rhyn at Pentre Wood grid reference SJ 2728 3709 travelling through the woods along the River Ceiriog before heading in a south westerly direction to meet the road in Bronygarth at grid reference SJ 2678 3700.

The Order will come into operation on 3 June 2021 until 3 December 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safety as the footpath has been eroded into the River resulting in works being needed.

There is an alternative route available through Pentre Wood.

Footpath UN 58 (part) / Footpath UN57 (part) Shrewsbury around the Kingfisher Bridge area of the Rea Brook from Footpath UN 58 (part) at grid reference SJ 5041 1146 travelling in a generally south westerly direction to join Footpath UN 57 (part) ending at grid reference SJ 5027 1115.

The Order will come into operation on 17 June 2021 for a period of up to 6 months or until works are completed whichever is soonest and is required so that construction work for a conservation project can be safely carried out.

Access can be maintained using the surrounding Rights of Way and Road Networks.

Footpath 43 (part) Worfield from grid reference SO 7386 9556 running in a south westerly direction over Rindleford Bridge to SO 7373 9551.

The Order will come into operation on the 1 July 2021 for a period of up to 6 months and is required so that maintenance works on the bridge can take place.

Access can still be maintained using the surrounding Rights of Way and Road Networks.

Footpath 40 (part) Great Ness at Nesscliffe Hill Fort from grid reference SJ 3868 1985 to grid reference SJ 3861 1985, a length of approximately 40 metres.

The Order will come into operation on 16th July 2021 for a period of up to 6 months or until works are completed whichever is soonest and is required so that an archaeological dig can be carried out.

There is an alternative route available via a nearby Footpath that connects to the surrounding Rights of Way Network.

Part of Footpath 50 Wistanstow where it crosses the railway between Wistanstow and Craven Arms (from grid reference SO 4301 8389 to SO 4303 8389).

This extension was granted by the Secretary of State allowing the legal Order to continue to be in force from 21st July 2021 until 21st January 2023 or until works are completed whichever is earlier and is needed on the grounds of public safety while maintenance and repair works are carried out.

An alternative crossing of the railway to the south of the footpath is from Long Lane over the level crossing at Newington to join a Bridleway which links to FP 50 to the east side of the A49 and vice versa.


For further information please contact the Rights of Way Mapping and Enforcement Team or Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006.