The Shrewsbury North West Relief Road (NWRR) will provide a new, single carriageway road linking the northern and western parts of Shrewsbury. It will include a new bridge over the River Severn and its flood plain, and a new bridge over the Shrewsbury-Chester railway line. The NWRR will connect the A5 at Welshpool Road roundabout in the west to the Ellesmere Road roundabout in the north.
The cost of constructing the NWRR is estimated to be £71m. In March 2019 the Department for Transport awarded £54m towards the construction of the road and Shropshire Council will provide the balance of the cost, and responsibility for any cost increases.
In August 2019 Shropshire Council withdrew its planning application for the Oxon Link Road in Shrewsbury, and will now include the proposed road within the planning application for the NWRR. By combining the schemes, the Oxon Link Road can more easily contribute to the strategic objective of the NWRR, whilst also better delivering on the link road’s specific goal of facilitating the Shrewsbury West Urban Extension (SUE).
A public consultation will be held for six weeks from 2 March to 13 April to give stakeholders and residents an opportunity to comment on the combined scheme in advance of the planning application which will be submitted in Spring 2020. Details of the consultation can be found here.