Shropshire Council

Key junctions improvements and works updates

Under the SITP improvement work is being carried out between February and December 2017 to improve four major junctions around the ‘inner bypass’, at Meole Brace roundabout, Sutton Park roundabout, Reabrook roundabout, and English Bridge Gyratory/Coleham Head, including improved crossings at many of these junctions.

Meole Brace roundabout: 10 February to 30 May 2017

Work to create a new link road and shared-use pathway through Meole Brace roundabout in Shrewsbury, and to upgrade the existing traffic signals at the island. Our press release gives more information about this work. We've also put together a document showing the various stages of construction from different aerial views.

Sutton Park roundabout: 10 April to 7 May 2017

Resurfacing work on the roundabout. Find out more about this work.

Reabrook roundabout: 8 May to 28 July 2017

Work to improve and resurface the roundabout, including: carriageway widening to improve traffic flows; cycleway and footway crossing improvements; improved street lighting; drainage work, and resurfacing.

Haycock Way will be closed entirely and Old Potts Way will be closed from Scott Street to the roundabout, with signed diversions in place (see map below), and two-way traffic lights on Pritchard Way and Bage Way.

Take a look at our press release for more information about this work.

English Bridge gyratory / Coleham Head: 31 July to late October 2017

The upgrading of footway materials to improve the aesthetic appearance of the area; improvements to footway and cycle facilities along Abbey Foregate; and upgrading the traffic signals and pedestrian crossing facilities. Regular progress updates will be added to this page once work is underway. Take a look at a plan of the work at the gyratory, and the plan of work at Coleham Head.

Update - 24 August 2017

Works are progressing as planned, with the northern footway revised layout beginning to take shape. The current traffic management layouts have had minimal impact on traffic, which is flowing well around the gyratory system. Temporary pedestrian facilities are in place and local businesses are being liaised with and accommodated within the working areas.

Works will commence at Coleham Head / Londgen Road junction on Tuesday 29 August under temporary traffic signals with closure of old Coleham junction.

The Old Abbey Foregate junction (up to Railway Lane) will be closed on Tuesday 29 August to allow the works to progress at this junction. Temporary diversion routes will be in operation.

Our leaflet gives more information about the work. Copies of the leaflet are also available from Abbey Foregate Post Office.

Update - 14 August 2017

To date works are progressing as planned. We have undertaken the clearance of the existing splitter islands, decommissioned the Abbey Foregate traffic signals, removed redundant signage and partially cleared some of the old footway paving.

Traffic management arrangements were successfully adjusted and scaled back to accommodate the Flower Show last weekend.

Temporary walkways are in place and traffic is flowing well under the current lane closures, with no significant delays. The works on Old Potts Way have been partially completed and the planned one-way closure [on Old Potts Way] will no longer be required.

Update - 7 September 2017

Works at English Bridge Gyratory are continuing as planned, with areas of new footway surfacing completed between English Bridge and The Abbey. A number of compliments have been received from members of the public regarding the finish.

Temporary footways and crossing points are in place, with access maintained to businesses and to the Sixth Form College. The closure of Old Abbey Foregate and related diversion is in place and operating as planned. Local bars are taking advantage of the closure by holding a street festival.

Traffic signals at Coleham Head are now in operation. Whilst there are some minor delays at peak times the signals are being manually controlled by our contractor to minimise disruption as much as possible.

Update - 27 September 2017

Work at the gyratory is progressing as planned. Footpath resurfacing works on the northern footway have been completed, with large sections being opened to pedestrians. New signing and street furniture is being installed throughout and the new traffic signal equipment is due to be installed in early October. Work has now begun on the southern footpath with pedestrians being diverted along the northern section.

The first phase of the Old Abbey Foregate works has been completed and the junction has been reopened to traffic. Following requests from local businesses the footway improvement works are being extended up to Railway Lane. This work will begin on 16 October and is due to be completed by 5 November.

Traffic is flowing well around the gyratory with some minor delays at the Coleham Head junction during peak times, and every effort is being made to minimise disruption.

There will be a one-way closure of the Coleham exit off the gyratory for one night on 9 October.

The night time (8pm to 6am) resurfacing of the gyratory and all approach roads is due to begin on 30 October, when the gyratory and all approach roads will be closed to through traffic, with access being maintained for residents and businesses only. The planned completion for this phase of the work is 10 November.


A number of unforeseen drainage issues have been encountered at Coleham Head meaning this part of the work will now take an estimated three weeks longer than originally planned. The temporary traffic lights and closure of Old Coleham will remain in operation for this period.

Resurfacing work will now start at Coleham Head on the evening of 23 October for two nights (from 8pm to 6am), and from 6am on 25 October until 6am on 26 October there will be a 24 hour closure of Coleham Head junction, to enable the road to be excavated and reconstructed in the vicinity of the new island. The resurfacing will be finished off on the evening of 27 October, between 8pm and 6am.

Update - 11 October 2017

Footpath enhancement and re-paving work at the English Bridge gyratory is continuing as planned and is due to be completed by early November. Traffic and pedestrian management is operating well with no significant delays or impact.

New traffic signals, signing and street furniture is beginning to be installed with the new improved pedestrian crossing facilities due to be operational by mid-November.

The extension of the footway improvement works on Old Abbey Foregate will now begin on 23 October.

The additional drainage works at Coleham Head are nearing completion and the new crossing facilities, improved junction layout and landscaping are due to be completed by the end of October.

Update - 2 November 2017

Footway paving works at English Bridge gyratory are now nearing completion, with the upgraded and improved footway and cycle facilities in operation along the northern section.

The traffic lights and signal equipment are being installed and are due to be in operation in the week commencing 13 November.

The night-time closure for carriageway resurfacing will commence this evening (Wednesday 1 November) with the gyratory and all approach roads being closed from 8pm until 6am for the next 10 weekday nights. Work is due to be completed by 6am on 15 November.

Pedestrian access will be maintained during the closure, with site staff posted at each closure point to advise if necessary. There are still some temporary walkways and crossing points in operation along Abbey Foregate and the gyratory, until the traffic signals are fully operational.

Anybody needing to access residential properties within the closure will be escorted through; anyone needing access to properties outside the closure will need to follow the relevant signed diversion route.

Coleham Head junction is now completed, with the new upgraded mini roundabout fully functional and operating well. The improved crossing facilities on Coleham Head and Moreton Crescent are being well utilised by pedestrian and cyclists.

The extended works down Old Abbey Foregate have commenced, with the footways being widened and paving upgraded up to Railway Lane.

December 2020 - updates

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