Shropshire Council

Social distancing in Shropshire market towns

We're putting in place measures to ensure that people can safely and easily visit and navigate the county’s market towns in line with social distancing regulations and latest guidance from government.

The development of these measures has been derived from town centre visits and discussions with councillors, town and parish councils, business improvement districts, chambers of commerce, and our highways and transport officers.

The measures are for public safety and to support town centre recovery in line with the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions, and in anticipation of people returning to town centres.

Details of work that has been agreed so far, and that is set to be carried out in the coming days, can be seen below. Further details and dates will be confirmed as plans are agreed.

Please note: dates given below are subject to traffic regulation orders (TROs) being in place and traffic management plans being approved, and in accordance with government guidelines.

All of the schemes will be temporary, but we'll monitor and evaluate each one to see if there's a positive impact that would justify possible future permanent solutions.

This information is correct as of 12 June 2020. Updates and latest information, including plans/drawings, will be made available as soon as possible on this webpage, which we plan to update daily.

Any concerns with the measures can be reported by phone on 0345 678 9006 or via our online reporting form.

Our highways and transport officers will be monitoring town centres over the coming days and weeks. If there are issues or if staff notice any areas of concern, adjustments or new measures can be implemented.

Please note: Where people are stepping off the footway for social distancing reasons we are placing advisory signage advising drivers to reduce speed to 20mph.

Bishop’s Castle

Church Street

Discussions with town are ongoing about a potential one-way system, along with provision of additional disabled parking, loading bay and other traffic management measures.

Bridgnorth

High Street

Traffic management measures have been introduced on High Street to provide extra footway width and social distancing, to assist with queuing outside shops and other businesses.

Date of work: Saturday 13 June.

From 11 July we are looking to introduce additional measures to promote better social distancing with regards to Saturday market.

Church Stretton

Churchway

Covid-19 distancing measures are being introduced on Churchway on Thursdays each week when the market takes place on The Square. Churchway will be closed to vehicles to allow pedestrians to queue along the road safely. This will be in place every Thursday for a period of three months, but dates may change in accordance with government guidance.

Date of work: from 25 June.

Shrewsbury Road / High Street

To facilitate additional footway width for pedestrians on Shrewsbury Road temporary traffic signals are to be installed at the Sandford Road/Burway Road junction. These have now been removed. Proposals are currently being developed to reverse the one-way system on High Street to facilitate extending the one-way down Shrewsbury Road, providing single lane traffic and potential for social distancing.

Date of work: ongoing

Ellesmere

Cross Street

Traffic management measures have been introduced on Cross Street in Ellesmere to provide extra footway width and social distancing, with closure of adjacent parking bays if necessary to assist with queuing outside banks, post offices, pharmacies and supermarkets. Parking is to be suspended as directed by signs and traffic measures on site. Some parking bays are to be reassigned as either for loading or pedestrians only. Every effort is being made to retain access for loading/disabled parking.

Date of work: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June.

Ludlow

King Street

Closure between 10am and 3pm on Friday and Saturday. Pedestrianisation/re-allocation of road space.

Date of work: from Friday 26 June

Market Drayton

Cheshire Street and High Street

Some measures have been removed following consultation with local councillors and easing of social distancing guidelines.

Every effort is being made to retain access for loading / disabled parking. Possible full closures are also being considered.

Date of work: ongoing

Much Wenlock

High Street

Traffic management measures have been introduced on High Street to provide extra footway width and social distancing with closure of adjacent parking bays if necessary to assist with queuing outside shops and other businesses. Parking is to be suspended as directed on site by signs and traffic measures. The limited waiting parking bay adjacent to The George and Dragon pub is being reassigned for pedestrian use only. Every effort is being made to retain access for loading / disabled parking.

Date of work: Saturday 13 June.

Other measures being considered:

Wilmore Street: possible closure of to facilitate social distancing and access to the market.

Oswestry

Church Street

Has been made one-way with reallocation of pedestrian space, loading bays and disabled bays. Alternative disabled parking has been provided at the rear of Festival Square.

Date of work: 15 June

Bailey Street/Bailey’s Head

Closure to traffic between 10am and 4pm each day.

Date of work: 15 June

Cross Street

Closure to traffic between 10am and 4pm each day.

Date of work: 15 June

Shrewsbury

Castle Street

Suspension of bus lane  from the Castle Street/Pride Hill junction, to the Castle Street/Chester Street junction to provide additional footpath width for pedestrian use.

Three pay and display parking bays will be Loading Only at any time, but the existing loading and disabled bays towards the top of the road will remain.

Date of work: by 15 June

New Street

A trial one-way system and contraflow cycle lane has been implemented to enable safer travel for cyclists and pedestrians. The one-way system is being implemented under an experimental traffic regulation order, and will be in place from the junction with Park Avenue (near The Boathouse) to Quarry View near the B4386 Copthorne Road, Frankwell. Traffic will only be allowed to travel in a northeast-bound direction (towards Frankwell) with a contraflow cycle lane in the opposite direction. A signed diversion route for southwest-bound traffic will be in place. In the coming days we’re looking to make modifications to facilitate access to properties.

Work has been undertaken to open up cyclist access off Frankwell/Copthorne Road, and an alternative pedestrian and cycle route into the town centre utilising Water Lane and the riverside towpath has been introduced – with two-way cycle lane provision from Porthill Road .

Date of work: 11 June

High Street

Will remain closed to motorised traffic between its junctions with Wyle Cop and Milk Street daily between 11am and 6pm Wyle Cop will remain open one-way downhill. During this period, pedestrians will be able to use the entire highway space on this section of High Street. Traffic will be rerouted via Town Walls, Murivance, St Chad’s Terrace, Claremont Bank and Lower Claremont Bank. Access for emergency vehicles and cyclists will be retained on High Street. The temporary closure will facilitate deliveries at times when pedestrian footfall levels would be anticipated to be lower.

Looking to introduce more robust measure to prevent vehicles entering the closed area during the times of the closures.

Date of work: ongoing

Pride Hill: street furniture removed to aid social distancing.

Other measures being considered in Shrewsbury include:

  • Heathgates Roundabout – approach from Ditherington Road. Reduce the approach lanes to two to enable safer crossing movements for pedestrians and cyclists at this location.
  • Ditherington Road. Enhancement to existing cycle path provision linking access to shops and old Shrewsbury canal cycleway.
  • Victoria Quay: One-way system for vehicles from Welsh Bridge, and a contraflow  cycle lane
  • Castle Foregate (from Chester Street to Rock and Fountain pub): Suspension of parking bay and bus stop, and provision of a cycle lane.
  • Crowmeole Lane – potential provision of bus gateway along with prohibition of motor vehicles with access retained for pedestrians and cyclists

Wyle Cop social distancing
Wyle Cop social distancing (A2)

Wem

High Street

New one-way system being considered.

Date of work: TBC

Whitchurch

High Street (including Green End)

Closure to traffic and reallocation of highway space for amenity and trade, and to provide additional space for pedestrians. Additional disabled parking bays to be allocated in Pepper Street car park. Provision for deliveries to be made available at Castle Hill car park.

Date of work: week commencing 15 June

If you have any queries please email socialdistancingmeasures@shropshire.gov.uk