One way system in High Street to end 19th July 2021

Temporary No Entry Signs

The Covid pandemic required Shropshire Council, acting through their Highways Department, to introduce a temporary one-way system in the town in order to try and facilitate greater social distancing.

The one-way system was introduced under a temporary traffic management order which is due to expire on 19th July.

Existing Arrangements are Unpopular

The existing arrangements with bollards have not proved popular as they are unsightly and not effective. The water filled bollards get displaced in towards the curb where they occupy much of the distancing space they are designed to create, whilst drivers report difficulties in parking in the newly formed spaces because car doors cannot open over them. Lorries have been seen having problems navigating them, leading to congestion, and they are widely regarded as an eyesore.

Possible permanent One-way system?

Some would like to capitalise on the existing temporary one-way system to immediately move to a permanent one-way system, but this does not have proven support from residents and there is no budget available from Shropshire Council to make these changes.

It would also preclude looking at the layout of the town centre in a fully joined up fashion.

See Shropshire Council’s Newsroom Announcement.

Town Council’s Decision

Shropshire Council gave the Town Council the option of:

  1. Leaving the one way system with existing water filled bollards in place for the indefinite future, maybe some years, or
  2. Removing the bollards and returning to the previous arrangements, including restoring the High Street to two way traffic.

At the Town Council meeting on the 29th June councillors voted to remove the one way system and return to the previous arrangement.

There will be a meaningful consultation with the town about traffic flow and the wider public realm later this year.

9 thoughts on “One way system in High Street to end 19th July 2021”

  1. Richard Cooper

    I’m looking forward to the bollards and signs being removed. It’s served its purpose. Those who say it should be retained are looking to solve a non existent problem – there’s no evidence of traffic or pedestrian incidents.

  2. I’d much rather the one way system was kept in place. The road is not wide enough for two lanes of traffic and the pavement is too narrow for pedestrians. Keep it one way and increase the pavement width, or make permanent planters full of plants – they won’t get moved and will make the town even more appealing.

  3. Christine Williams

    It seems that the majority of responses here are in favour of a one way system, so why did the Council take the view that it had little support? Where has their information come from? The bollards are unsightly and didn’t work well, but were only designed to be temporary. Complaints seem to be mainly about the physical aspects – being nudged out of place by vehicles, unsightly etc – issues that are fixable. Traffic speeds increasing? i’ve been on the High Street numerous times and have seen that average traffic speeds have actually reduced. The system adopted by the council did put pressure on Church Street as drivers sought a way back into town from High Street/Ludlow Road (and this road isn’t suitable for such a volume of vehicles) but a different one-way route (of which there are other options) would resolve this. PLEASE don’t drop the idea.

  4. I would like to thank the councillors who voted for option 2. This must be wonderful news for drivers who regularly drive through the town and for the residents of Church Street.

    For me there have been a number of issues with the one-way system especially the following:
    a) traffic speed has increased significantly along High Street;
    b) the disregard of the roundabout next to the Bucks Head by cars and cyclists traveling from Shrewsbury Road to Ludlow Road;
    c) the junction of Easthope Road with Sandford Avenue has become dangerous when turning right from Easthope Road especially when vehicles are parked on yellow lines either side of the junction.

    One issue with the roundabout next to the Bucks Head is the white lines have been worn away. I would suggest these need repainting.

  5. The one way system I believe has been very successful in the sense that pedestrians have had more space (which we greatly need for buggies and the aging population, walkers and wheelchairs). One way traffic provides a safer road for both pedestrians AND drivers/cyclists. Other towns with a similar situation have created large boxed planters to prevent cars using an extra lane, perhaps the council could consider this as a cheaper alternative to re-paving? Our town would look prettier too! Please do not go back to two way traffic.

  6. Why not capitalise on the success of making the pavement wider and strive to find a solution. If your only concern is making it pretty then shame on you. Better to make pedestrians safer, no argument really

  7. Not everyone dislikes the one way High Street. It has proved successful for pedestrians as the narrow pavement has been a great problem for those using mobility scooters, walking aids and pushing prays etc.The temporary barriers have allowed pedestrians to safely walk in the road to get out of their way. I suspect it is a small minority with the loudest voices who resist keeping the one way system and preventing a widening of the pavement. It should have been done years ago, along with making the Square car free and a social feature for the town with seating etc.

    1. Jon it screams common sense to capitalise on the pavement widening. I don’t support removing the measures, which have worked so well for the past year

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