Shropshire Council

2020 surface dressing programme

This information is correct at the time of publishing but could be subject to change either due to circumstances beyond our control, or should other works come in that make it more efficient and less disruptive to reschedule

Closure details

  • Starts: 3 June 2020
  • Ends: 31 August 2020
  • All Shropshire

We've announced our programme of roads that are to be surface dressed this summer season.

Surface dressing (applying and rolling aggregate ‘chippings’ onto a bituminous binder) is a proven quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistance and waterproofing road surfaces and, as such, forms a major part of our annual road maintenance programme.

The 2020 surface dressing season is due to start on 3 June, with operations ongoing until August.

In total, 56 sites have been identified for treatment (listed below and in greater detail on our programme spreadsheet) across the county on all types of road, from urban cul-de-sacs to major ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads. Due to the limited width of the majority of identified roads, over 90% of the sites will unfortunately require a temporary road closure for the works to be carried out safely. Where road closures are not necessary, other forms of temporary traffic management will be in place, including temporary signals where appropriate. When treating cul-de-sacs limited access will be available.

For the majority of ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads (currently 14 separate sites county-wide) centre line studs/cats eyes also need to be removed and replaced under a temporary closure. It’s envisaged that stud/cats eye removal will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am, followed by dressing, sweeping and reapplying road markings during daytime hours. The replacement of studs and road markings on some sites may necessarily need to take place up to ten days later.

In reality, most of the road closures will only be required for a few hours for the dressing operation, and we don’t envisage most being more than one day in duration.

In order to deliver a ‘weather dependent’ programme (operations can’t be carried out during wet weather) it’s important to note that weather and unforeseen events may change the programme sequence with little notice, therefore it’s advisable that the online programme, updates of which will be published on this webpage, is referred to regularly.

In order to keep affected residents and road users informed of when and how long closures will be in place advance information signs will be positioned on each site in the weeks preceding proposed commencement of works.

Due to the current restrictions and concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, and in order to safeguard both operatives and vulnerable people, the decision has been made to suspend the usual practice of delivering letters to directly affected properties, so the advice is to call 0345 678 9006 for any specific enquiry, and also to view the updated detail available on the website and via social media.  

Surface dressing sites 2020


  • Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton
  • Pear Tree Lane, Whichurch
  • St Johns Street, Whitchurch
  • Hawkstone Park Hotel Road
  • Tilstock roundabout to Tilstock 30 mph
  • Broughton crossroads to Wem
  • B5063 jct with B3476 to jct with A49
  • A528 Cockshutt to Burlton
  • A442 Espley roundabout
  • A49 Hinton Bank roundabout
  • A49 Hadnall to Sandy Lane


  • Weston Road, Oswestry


  • Wigmore Lane, Wattlesborough
  • Bow Way, Shrewsbury
  • Wenlock Road, Shrewsbury
  • Pulley Lane, Shrewsbury
  • Lower Chatwall to Plaish
  • Shadymoor Lane, Stapleton


  • New Road, Oreton
  • Bridge Road, Much Wenlock
  • Cherrybrook Drive, Broseley
  • Dog Kennel Lane, Alveley
  • Benthall Lane to Jack Mytton Way
  • Kinlet B4363 jct rhs B4199 to jct rhs b4194
  • Oakwood Road, Bridgnorth
  • Merriwell Lane, Much Wenlock
  • B4555, Knowle Sands
  • B4378, Bourton


  • Oak Meadow, Bishops Castle
  • Cow Hall, Newcastle
  • Guifron Farm, Newcastle
  • Blanydree, Llanfairwaterdine
  • Black Hall Lodges, Llanfairwaterdine
  • Kerry Lane, Bishops Castle
  • Welsh Street, Bishops Castle
  • Black Mountain to Anchor
  • Eaton to Ticklerton
  • Clun to Guilden Down
  • Bwlch to Purlogue
  • The Graig, Llanfairwaterdine
  • Badger Moor
  • Balaams to Broncroft
  • Boraston Bank
  • B5477 Ludlow Road, Church Stretton
  • Dinham, Ludlow
  • Guilden Down, Clun
  • Linney, Ludlow
  • Seifton Lane
  • Beckjay Lane, B4367- B4385
  • Butts Cottage to The Row
  • Stanley Cottage access, Lower Down
  • Grey Bank to Guilden Down, Clun
  • Hospital Lane Grey Bank, Clun
  • Rushbury Road end to Topley
  • Shadwell Hall jct to Bicton jct
  • A488 Hope Valley

Further information

We're spending around £6m this year on resurfacing and surface dressing the county’s roads, ranging from unclassified rural roads to town centre roads to main ‘A’ roads. Find out more from our video.