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A529 in Market Drayton to close for safety improvement work

The A529 in Market Drayton is to close for 19 days starting later this month for the next stage of safety improvement work on the road.

Work will be carried out between Great Hales Street and Phoenix Bank River Tern Crossing from 30 January to 17 February, from 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. During these times signed diversions will be place and businesses will be open as normal.

The work is being carried out as part of the Government-funded A529 Safer Road Fund scheme to improve safety between Hinstock and Audlem. Work began in October 2019 and has involved various safety improvement measures at key locations – including Mount Pleasant crossroads.

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This next phase of work will reduce the speed limit on the northbound approach to Market Drayton from 60mph to 50mph. The existing 30mph speed limit within Market Drayton will also be extended southbound by approximately 85 metres.

A central, physical island will also be installed, to satisfy requirements raised by the police.

There will be improved pedestrian access from the Newport Road (swimming centre) car park towards the town centre, an urbanisation of the approach to Market Drayton, maintenance of the existing road and footpaths, and an extension and upgrading of street lighting.

Richard Marshall, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways, said:

“The award of this funding from the Department for Transport has already enabled us to carry out essential and much-needed safety work and reduce risk of injury or accident on the A529 – and the work has had a huge impact on safety. I’m pleased that this next phase of work is now being carried out and I thank people for their understanding while the road is closed.”

Access to residential and business properties within the works will be maintained during the road closures.

The Safer Road Fund work on the A529 is being carried out by Kier, supervised by WSP and project managed by Shropshire Council.

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