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Social distancing in Shropshire market towns

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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. Details of work that is in place or has been agreed is as detailed below.

For more information about these and all other road closures please visit the interactive roadwork map page.

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 August 2020. Updates and latest information, including plans/drawings, will be made available as soon as possible on this webpage.

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.

Select each town to see what measures are in place:

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 (last updated 21/08/20)
Bridgnorth High Street will be open to traffic on Saturday 22 August after being closed for the last four Saturdays to encourage social distancing whilst supporting the town’s economy.

This Saturday, a temporary coned area ( vehicle movement channel) will be in place to allow motorists to safely pass through the High Street and to protect both the market traders and the public. The aim is to continue to provide additional space for the market to allow for social distancing, whilst enabling deliveries to shops, allowing buses to drop off and pick up on the High Street, and enabling residents to access their town centre homes.

An emergency traffic regulation order is in place so that traffic will be prohibited from waiting or loading on High Street Bridgnorth from its junction with Church Street to Cartway on the East side and on High Street Bridgnorth Outside 7/8 High Street to junction of Whitburn Street on the West side. These restrictions are for Public Safety following guidelines from Government on Covid 19 Social Distancing and to allow a safe running lane for traffic.

It is intended that the proposed restriction/s will come into force on the 22nd August 2020 between 00:00 and 17:00 every Saturday for the next 21 Days and will continue in force for a period not exceeding eighteen months (unless extended upon the direction of the Secretary of State) or until any said works which it is proposed to be carried out have been completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is expected the Order will only be operative for the duration as stated above.

Parking is prohibited from waiting or loading on the west side of High street throughout its length between 6.30am and 6.30pm on Saturdays for the purposes of the space being used for the market and is signed accordingly

A loading bay will be available in this section to support the high street deliveries and two blue badge bays between Northgate and Church street

To help make the High Street a pleasant place to shop, access to High Street is encouraged for necessary journeys only. Shoppers and visitors are asked to use the nearest car park on their entry to the town centre to reduce through traffic that adds no benefit to High Street.

A one-way pedestrian flow will be introduced and people are encouraged to follow the signs to further assist and improve social distancing.

This temporary arrangement will be introduced as a trial and may be modified in the future. However, the intention is to reopen a safer High Street that supports the various needs that have been identified within the town, including steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to respond to requests that have been made to allow the High Street to operate safely and effectively for all.

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 (last updated 24/07/2020)

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.

Wyle Cop social distancing
Wyle Cop social distancing (A2)

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.

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

Date of work: ongoing

The Square (last updated 24/07/2020)

To help reduce risks 4 benches have been removed from The Square following reports from officers of inappropriate use and social distancing not being suitably applied.

The Council is keen to ensure that seating remains available for the general public and 9 benches remain within The Square and around the Old Market Hall to support the local businesses and act as resting points for the public.

The area in The Square will continue to be reviewed as we progress through the many important lines of work, and to help ensure that there is a balance between all issues being raised and the need for open space/seating. In doing so we need to ensure it is used in a safe and responsible manner

There is a lot of positive work to help support and free up space to support the many businesses affected by COVID-19 and help promote outdoor seating areas, this will become more visible as we progress, with more businesses from the hospitality trade opening from the 4th July.

Pride Hill (last updated 24/07/20)

A number of benches have been removed at the top of Pride Hill, as well as some smaller seats in the middle section, to allow space for the general public to move through and to help allow social distancing. These areas were too crowded to allow the public to observe social distancing guidelines and at the top of pride Hill affected queues for local businesses.

The Pride Hill area will continue to be reviewed as we progress through the many important lines of work, and to help ensure that there is a balance between all issues being raised and the need for open space/seating. In doing so we need to ensure it is used in a safe and responsible manner

Victoria Quay (last updated 24/07/20)

Shropshire Council has implemented an emergency traffic regulation order for traffic to be prohibited from using Victoria Avenue and Victoria Quay from the entrance to Quarry Park, to a point 25 metres from its junction with Welsh Bridge in an Easterly direction. This will allow for a one-way system to be implemented. There will be a contraflow for cyclists to be able to travel in both directions. This is for public safety following guidelines from Government on Covid-19 and social distancing.

The restriction/s will come into force on the 22nd July 2020, and be in place for the next 3 months. They will continue in force for a period not exceeding eighteen months (unless extended upon the direction of the Secretary of State) or until any said works which it is proposed to be carried out have been completed, whichever is the earlier. However, it is expected the Order will only be operative for the duration as stated here.

Access will be available to pedestrians, dismounted horse riders and emergency vehicles as required.

Visit our interactive roadworks map for all details of road closures.

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.
  • 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

Wem

High Street

New one-way system being considered.

Date of work: TBC

Whitchurch

High Street (including Green End) (last updated 12 August 2020)

Social distancing measures put in place in Whitchurch town centre are to be removed at the end of the day on Wednesday 12 August following a review of the measures. The review by Highways and Transport, Public Protection and the town council identified that people could safely visit the town without the closure.

In mid-June High Street (including Green End) was closed to traffic to provide additional space for pedestrians, with additional disabled parking bays allocated in Pepper Street car park and provision for deliveries at Castle Hill car park. This was to encourage people to return to High Street in line with government advice and guidance.

Monitoring of these measures and current town centre usage by our Highways and Public Health teams has found that social distancing is possible without the need to close the road. The closure and related signage will therefore be removed this week. The temporary loading area in Castle Hill Car Park will be removed and blue badge parking will resume as normal.

However, usage of the town centre will continue to be monitored, and people visiting Whitchurch are being urged to follow the latest social distancing guidance, and to ensure that face coverings are worn where required, and should any measures need to be reinstated this will be the case following appropriate advice.

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

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