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New website launched to trial traffic-free weekends in Shrewsbury
27 Nov 2021
by Tom Sykes

Residents, business-owners and shoppers are being asked to have their say on the new weekend traffic arrangements in Shrewsbury. 

The centre of Shrewsbury - Wyle Cop (uphill), High Street and Shoplatch - is currently closed to through-traffic from 10am to 4pm, on both Saturdays and Sundays, to help reduce traffic during busy weekends.

To help councillors decide whether to make the arrangements permanent in the future, an official engagement hub has launched, giving residents the chance to make their views known.

To have your say, go to www.shrewsburymoves.com. The website includes a range of questions about the scheme, and offers more information about the trial.

Steve Brown, Head of Transport and Environment at Shropshire Council, explained: “Following feedback from earlier this year and discussions with partners, we’ve introduced a revised scheme on weekends and are now keen to hear people’s views. 

“It’s really important that businesses, residents and visitors have their say so an informed choice can be made about longer-term arrangements.” 

Alongside the weekend trial, the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan Partnership, made up of Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury BID, is developing a new movement strategy for the town, following feedback received on the Shrewsbury Masterplan Vision earlier this year.

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, which represents more than 500 businesses in the town centre, said it was important for businesses to make their views known. He clarifies: “The consultation website is very easy to use and doesn’t take long at all - you can answer as many or as few questions as you choose.

“We did a survey of our members earlier this year, and the vast majority wanted some kind of traffic restrictions to give the town centre a more pleasant atmosphere, so we're pleased this new version of the trial has started.”

To get involved, visit www.shrewsburymoves.com.

The pedestrian-friendly weekend plan