Work on train station upgrade on track

Work is to begin this month to improve the area to the front of Shrewsbury railway station which will include walking and cycling routes.

The area includes the gyratory next to Shrewsbury railway station, connecting Castle Gates (A5191), Chester Street (A528), Smithfield Road (A458) and Cross Street (A528), along with areas to the north and south.

The work – being carried out by local company McPhillips on behalf of Shropshire Council – is externally funded, and is set to be completed by summer 2025.

Preparatory work to prepare the area for construction (including utility diversions) will begintoday (17 June) with the work then set to be carried out in phases and be completed by summer 2025. This initial work will involve setting up work compounds and won’t impact on traffic movement.

Phase one of the work then begins on Monday 24 June and will include work on Castle Foregate and Castle Gates, and with the closure of the left-hand lane on Castle Foregate.

The second phase of work will then begin at the start of September 2024, and will see the right-hand lane closed on Castle Foregate.

Phases three to eight will be carried out in early 2025.

During the work people are being warned to expect delays in the area and drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes, or alternative forms of travel, where possible.

Two temporary compounds (welfare and storage areas) will be in place for the duration of the work. One will be based in the bus layover area in Raven Meadows, opposite Shrewsbury Bus Station, and one will be based in Frankwell Main car park.

Working hours will be 7am to 6pm, with some night-time operations later in the programme of work.

Matt Johnson, executive manager – strategic projects, with Shropshire Council, said: “This project will see improvements around the station gyratory area which will greatly enhance the area, improve accessibility, and ease movement for people travelling through the area – whatever their mode of travel.

“It will include enhancements to public space, vegetation planting, wider pavements and a new north-south active travel corridor, along with the resurfacing of roads and footpaths, and improvements to lighting and traffic signals. The changes aim to create a safer, more pleasant place for residents and visitors to enjoy and spend more time.

“There is likely to be disruption to road users while this work is carried out and we thank people for their patience and understanding while work is carried out.

“The town centre will very much be open for business during the work and we encourage people to continue visiting the town, but to consider using alternative routes if they can, or to use alternative modes of travel – including walking, cycling, public transport and park and ride.”

A public consultation into the proposals ran from 6 February to 5 March 2024 and attracted over 450 responses.