Over recent weeks Shrewsbury BID have been consulting with businesses regarding changes to traffic arrangements in the town centre, with over 80% of businesses in favour of a pedestrian friendly scheme being in place.

Following discussions with Shropshire Council, a second trial for the part-pedestrianisation of Shrewsbury town centre will be presented to Shropshire Council Cabinet in October 2021 for consideration.

Under the plans, Wyle Cop (uphill), High Street, Milk Street and Shoplatch will be closed to all traffic on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.

The Square will be closed to all traffic every day from 11am to 5pm.

The intended dates for the second trial (subject to Cabinet approval) will be from Monday 25 October 2021 until the end of January 2022.

The closures – and related traffic information – will be advertised using the new Variable Message Signs that are now in place in and around the town to provide information to our residents, visitors and businesses. Additional parking provision for people with disabilities will be provided during the trial.

It is anticipated that other trials may also take place in the near future, including an ‘Access Only’/ Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme for Town Walls.

Ahead of the weekend closures, Shropshire Council’s transport services and Shrewsbury BID will be working with town centre businesses and representatives from disability groups, public transport organisations and residents groups to address concerns raised about the earlier trial, but also to ensure the many positive comments regarding the improved environment for the town centre, air quality and enhancing the uniqueness of Shrewsbury are reflected in the trial.

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, said:-

“The past 18 months have demonstrated considerable benefits of a traffic-free environment, with over 80% of businesses saying they would like to see some form of a pedestrian-friendly scheme in place permanently.

“The atmosphere in the town centre has been fantastic, particularly on weekends, with visitors, diners and shoppers able to enjoy the extra space available, so this is very welcome news.

“We are in regular dialogue with Shropshire Council and will continue to engage with businesses, disability groups and partners on this new scheme; and welcome news of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood on Town Walls being trialled in the near future.”

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways, said:-

“We paused the previous trial at the end of August to allow us to consider all feedback, to review the measures with Shrewsbury BID, and decide if any changes need to be added to the measures that were in place.

“Now that we’ve had the opportunity to do that I’m pleased that we can now put in place a new trial (subject to Cabinet approval), which takes into account and addresses the positive and negative comments received previously.

“Our aim is to create the best possible environment for the town centre and its businesses to prosper, and to make it more cyclist-friendly and pedestrian-friendly.

“That is what we want to achieve, and I’m confident this second trial will enable us to do so. As this is a trial, once the measures are in place we welcome any comments that people may have, and will inform how we move forward and support the aspirations of the Big Town Plan more fully.”