Shropshire Council

New St, Shrewsbury - trial contraflow cycleway, one-way and 20mph speed limit - November 2020

  • Period: 23 November 2020 - 18 December 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • Audiences: Everyone
  • Topics: Traffic management
  • Type: Public

Dear resident,

I am very pleased that you now have an opportunity to give your views on the New Street one-way system, and about whether such a scheme should be made permanent. I am very grateful to the council staff who have worked on this.

Pedestrian safety was always the number one concern, but this has also provided a chance to improve local cycling routes. Change has impacted people differently so it’s important that the views from all streets and residences affected are taken in to account before final decisions are made.

Looking further ahead, I hope we will see further measures to make walking, mobility scooter use, and cycling better for all. These measures are good for safety, good for our health, and good for the environment.

But the decisions are not mine to make, so please have your say!

Cllr. Julian Dean

Following the initial award of government active travel funding to help the country emerge from coronavirus crisis and support active travel in May this year, we introduced a trial one vehicle flow, contraflow cycle lane and 20 mph speed limit on New Street, Shrewsbury.

Prior to the introduction of the trial scheme local concerns had been raised in relation to pedestrian safety on New Street, and a feasibility study was carried out in 2017 to look at appropriate options for mitigation.

The removal of the traffic lane is intended to create a safer distance between pedestrians and passing vehicles, and also facilitate the reallocation of this road space to allow provision of a contraflow cycle lane for westbound cycle movements only, providing improved road safety for all road users and quality of life for the local community.

The trial scheme has now been in operation for six months and could continue on an experimental basis for up to 18 months. There is now the option funding to make the scheme permanent if desired, and we're now seeking your views as to the way forward.

You can comment on this trial scheme by clicking on the 'How to get involved' tab.

If you wish you can also download, print, complete and send a pdf version of the survey to:

Tell Us, Shropshire Council, Shirehall
Abbey Foregate, Shropshire

A plan outlining the trial scheme that is currently in place is attached to this page.

Please note that the original formal traffic regulation consultation is still open for you to comment on, and runs in parallel to this informal consultation, which takes on board resident and user comments.


Have your say on the New Street trial by completing a short survey.

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