Shropshire Council

Social distancing in Shropshire market towns

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High St, Shrewsbury closureWe're putting in place measures to ensure that people can safely and easily visit and navigate the county’s market towns in line with social distancing regulations and latest guidance from government.

The development of these measures has been derived from town centre visits and discussions with councillors, town and parish councils, business improvement districts, chambers of commerce, and our highways and transport officers.

The measures are for public safety and to support town centre recovery in line with the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions. Details of work that is in place or has been agreed is as detailed below.

For more information about these and all other road closures please visit the interactive roadwork map page.

Please note: dates given below are subject to traffic regulation orders (TROs) being in place and traffic management plans being approved, and in accordance with government guidelines.

All of the schemes will be temporary, but we'll monitor and evaluate each one to see if there's a positive impact that would justify possible future permanent solutions.

This information is correct as of 20 November 2020. Updates and latest information, including plans/drawings where considered to be helpful, will be made available as soon as possible on this webpage.

Any concerns with the measures can be reported by phone on 0345 678 9006 or via our online reporting form. Please quote 'Social Distancing Highways' in the box for details of the enquiry.

Our highways and transport officers are monitoring town centres during the pandemic. If there are issues or if staff notice any areas of concern, adjustments or new measures can be implemented.

Please note: Where people are stepping off the footway for social distancing reasons we are placing advisory signage advising drivers to reduce speed to 20mph.

Choose a town to see what measures are in place there:

Bishop’s Castle

Church Street

Prohibition of parking.


High Street

Saturday market stall holders are creating a socially-distanced set-up.

Church Stretton

High Street/Sandford Avenue

Provision of additional footway width. A one-way system on High Street to facilitate extending the one-way down Shrewsbury Road, providing single lane traffic and potential for social distancing.


Cross Street

Traffic management measures have been introduced on a short section of Cross Street in Ellesmere to provide extra footway width and social distancing.


King Street

From 2 December 2020.

Closure between 10am and 3pm on Friday and Saturday for pedestrianisation/re-allocation of road space.

Market Drayton

High Street

Suspension of parking close to the post office.

Much Wenlock

High Street

Traffic management measures have been introduced on a short section of High Street to provide extra footway width and social distancing, with closure of adjacent parking bays. Parking is suspended as directed on site by signs and traffic measures. 


Church Street

Has been made one-way with reallocation of pedestrian space and loading bays. Alternative disabled parking has been provided at the side/rear of Festival Square.


Castle Street

Suspension of bus lane from the Castle Street/Chester Street junction to the Castle Street/Pride Hill junction to provide additional footpath width for pedestrian use.

Two pay and display parking areas on Castle Gates will be 'Loading only' at any time, and the existing loading and disabled bays near H&M will remain.

New Street

Following the trial of a one-way system and contraflow cycle lane this has been implemented to enable safer travel for cyclists and pedestrians and is in place from the junction with Park Avenue (near The Boathouse) to Quarry View near the B4386 Copthorne Road, Frankwell.

Traffic will only be allowed to travel in a northeast-bound direction (towards Frankwell) with a contraflow cycle lane in the opposite direction. A signed diversion route for southwest-bound traffic will be in place.

Work has been undertaken to open up cycle access off Frankwell/Copthorne Road, and an alternative pedestrian and cycle route into the town centre using Water Lane and the riverside towpath has been introduced, with two-way cycle lane provision from Porthill Road.

High Street / Wyle Cop

From 2 December 2020.

High Street be closed to motorised traffic between its junctions with Wyle Cop and Milk Street daily between 11am and 4pm.

During this period, pedestrians will be able to use the entire highway space on this section of High Street. Traffic will be rerouted via Town Walls, Murivance, St Chad’s Terrace, Claremont Bank and Lower Claremont Bank. Access for emergency vehicles and cyclists will be retained on High Street.

The temporary closure will facilitate deliveries at times when pedestrian footfall levels would be anticipated to be lower.

During these hours Wyle Cop will remain open downhill and will be closed uphill.

The Square

To help reduce risks four benches have been removed from The Square following reports from officers of inappropriate use and social distancing not being suitably applied.

We're keen to ensure that seating remains available for the general public, and nine benches remain in The Square and around the Old Market Hall to support the local businesses and act as resting points for the public.

The area in The Square will continue to be reviewed as we progress through the many important lines of work, and to help ensure that there is a balance between all issues being raised and the need for open space/seating. In doing so we need to ensure that it's used in a safe and responsible manner.

Pride Hill

A number of benches and planters have been removed at the top of Pride Hill, as well as some smaller seats in the middle section, to allow space for the general public to move through and to help allow social distancing. These areas were too crowded to allow the public to observe social distancing guidelines, and at the top of pride Hill affected queues for local businesses.

Victoria Quay

The temporary closure introduced in July has been removed, but will remain under review. Visit our interactive roadworks map for details of all road closures.


The temporary closure introduced in the summer has been removed, but will remain under review.

Footfall will continue to be monitored, and people visiting Whitchurch are being urged to follow the latest social distancing guidance, and to ensure that face coverings are worn where required, and should any measures need to be reinstated this will be the case following appropriate advice.


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