WHAT IS THE 'ROAD TO RUIN'?
The North West Relief Road in Shrewsbury, Shropshire is a disaster. Decades in the making it's a solution for a world that no longer exists.
The bypass won't solve Shrewsbury's traffic or air pollution problems, but it will create 48,000 tonnes of CO2e, even though Shropshire Council declared a climate emergency in 2019.
It will destroy ancient trees, including the famous 550 year old Darwin Oak; rip up 4km of hedgerows, impact SSSI wetlands; and destroy vital nature habitats.
It makes a mockery of Shropshire Council's claim to take the climate & ecological emergency seriously.
A record-breaking 5,000 objections have been submitted against the road and even Shrewsbury Town Council says it doesn't want it to go ahead.
We believe the price tag has likely doubled from £81m to around £160m, with Shropshire on the hook for 100% of any overspend. Towns and villages across Shropshire are desperate for investment, but the council refuses to change course.
It's a financial and environmental disaster!
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We need as many objections as possible! Anyone can object to the scheme whether they live in Shropshire or not, since the council is using £54m of UK taxpayer money from the Department for Transport. So far the vast majority of objections have been from Shropshire residents shocked at the council's plans.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Check out Better Shrewsbury Transport for more on the history of the road, the destruction it will cause, and the better ways Shropshire could spend the money.