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 prohibited with immediate effect from 21st May until 1st November 2018 and extended until 20th December 2020 on the grounds of public safety whilst site investigation and building works are undertaken 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.
Footpath 50, Wistanstow where it crosses the railway between Wistanstow and Craven Arms (from GR SO4301 8389 to SO4303 8389) will be prohibited with immediate effect from 20th June 2018 for six months on the grounds of public safety whilst Network Rail investigate alternative arrangements for the footpath crossing of the railway. The closure has been extended until 20th December 2019.
The only alternative route available is using the local road network along Long Lane, the footway alongside the A49 and the road to Cheney Longville.
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 6 May 2020, 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 14 Ford - that part of Footpath 14 Ford, from GR SJ 4145 1319 where it leaves the A458 running generally northerly across a development site for approximately 130 metres to meet Brook Gardens at GR SJ 4146 1332 will continue in force until 18 August 2020 or until the completion of the works, whichever is the earlier. There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity.
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 with immediate effect (from 23 August) for a period of six months 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 completed. There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity.
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 be prohibited with immediate effect (from 10 October 2019) for a period of 6 months 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.
RB 75A Shrewsbury that part of RB 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 1084 extended from 1 January 2020 until 1 January 2021. An alternative route is available via FP 77 to the East and FP 75 to the west of the Restricted Byway.
BOAT 13 Quatt Malvern
Shropshire Council hereby gives notice under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 prohibiting mechanised vehicles and horse drawn carriages from proceeding on BOAT 13, Quatt Malvern from the county road (Holt Lane) at GR SO 7624 8937 generally south easterly for 770 metres to the county road (Wooton Lane) at GR SO 7673 8888 with immediate effect for a period of six months on the grounds of public safety due to works to be carried out to ensure the safety of these users in the vicinity of the watercourse alongside the BOAT. There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity of the BOAT. Dated 2 September 2019.
BOAT 29 (part) Alveley - prohibiting mechanised vehicles and horse drawn carriages from proceeding on part of BOAT 29, 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, to prevent further damage to the surface of the route, which is in a dangerous state. The restriction will come into force on 28 November 2019 and will continue in force until 30 April 2020. An alternative route will be available travelling along county roads in the vicinity of the byway.
Footpath 13, Cleobury Mortimer - that part of FP 13 Cleobury Mortimer just north west of Mawley Hall from GR SO 68707561 running generally westerly for approximately 30 metres, crossing the River Rea via Upper Forge footbridge to SO 6866 7560, at an intersection of a permissive footpath following the river and the remainder of footpath 13. With immediate effect until 20 May 2020 on the grounds of public safety because of the likelihood of danger to the public in respect of structural concerns with the Upper Forge footbridge due to recent flooding. There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity.
FP 6 (part) Knockin - that part of FP 6 Knockin at Lower House Farm, Knockin, from GR SJ 3324 2237 at the boundary of a development site running in a northerly direction to GR SJ 3327 2245 for approx. 84 metres. From 22 November 2019 to 22 May 2020.
The order will come into operation on 22 November 2019 and is required on the grounds of public safety to allow the commencement of development at the site for housing. An alternative footpath is available taking walkers around the development site boundary.
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.
For further information please contact the Rights of Way Mapping and Enforcement Team or Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006.