WHAT IS THE "ROAD TO RUIN"?
The North West Relief Road is a £87m bypass for Shrewsbury that will link the northern and western parts of the town. It is a 30 years out of date solution that won't fix Shrewsbury's traffic congestion problems. On some roads, it will make traffic 150% worse!
It is a FINANCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER for Shropshire.
It will cost Shropshire at least £28m with no upper limit to our liability (since the county will have to pay for any overrun costs).
It will also generate 70,000 tonnes of CO2 (more than flying everyone in Shrewsbury to New York and back) and destroy SSI wetlands, ancient oak trees and vital natural habitats. This from a council that declared a Climate Emergency in May 2019!
Better solutions to the town's traffic congestion issues exist. Check out Better Shrewsbury Transport for more on these.
We argue that the millions being spent (£20m per mile!) would be better invested in local services and sustainable transport in towns across Shropshire. Why should Ludlow, Oswestry, Bishop's Castle and Bridgnorth pay for this costly disaster in Shrewsbury?
HOW DO WE STOP IT?
The planning application is now live and Shropshire Council's Planning team is taking comments up until the decision is made.
Since the road is being part-funded by a £54m grant from the Department for Transport, anyone in the UK can object to it. Is this how you want your taxes spent?!
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