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 was held in early 2020 to give stakeholders and residents an opportunity to comment on the combined scheme in advance of the planning application, which is due to be submitted in early 2021. This consultation is now closed but details can still be found on our consultation portal.
A NWRR planning application was due to be submitted in July 2020, but this was put on hold while we considered the implications of the funding announcement for the Severn Valley Water Management Scheme (SVWMS). This process has now been completed and the following concluded. The planning application will be for a road scheme only and will include a viaduct across the River Severn and its flood plain at Shelton, instead of an extended embankment design that was proposed in the public consultation earlier this year.
The planning application for the road will be submitted on Friday 19 February 2021, and engagement with landowners and stakeholders will continue. Clearly, the planning process will present a key opportunity for the whole community to engage in the decision-making process.