On Jan 19th 2011 Shropshire Council's Cabinet confirmed that the NWRR was no longer an active scheme and that the Council would concentrate on the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Strategy.
This was a great victory for all those who fought this ridiculous scheme for so long, but unfortunately it could be resuscitated sometime in the future. Recent Shropshire Council planning documents continue to make reference to it.
SFoE’s objections to the NWRR included:
1. It made Shropshire Council’s core strategy unsound for 2 main reasons:
- it ran counter to objectives to protect the environment
- it would not have been deliverable in the plan period (to 2026), a point the Council did not contest
2. Nothing in the plan relied on it – again something SC admitted.
SFoE led a long and vigorous campaign on the NWRR. We are now concentrating on other sustainable transport issues in Shrewsbury.
OLD NEWS OF THE CAMPAIGN
NWRR subject of great debate at the Shropshire Council Core Strategy hearings, (19th Nov 2010)
Our man at the hearings, Dave Green reports that,
The NWRR came up on Thursday, I argued the NWRR makes the core strategy unsound for 2 main reasons,
1, it runs counter to objectives to protect the environment,
2, it's not deliverable in the plan period (to 2026), a point the Council haven't contested.
plus the Council have admitted that nothing in the plan relies on it.
There was also some interesting discussion about what's now called the 'Oxon link rd' (ie Churncote to the old A5). That area is earmarked as the S'bury
West 'sustainable urban extension' with the developers promising to build that bit at no cost to the public purse. Other developers are hotly
contesting this and argued very strongly that the costs of this make the scheme undeliverable and it should therefore be deleted from the strategy (though it could come back in as normal housing land in the next stage of the process).
I also attended the launch of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership in Ludlow on Nov 18th. There was a lot of talk about how tight money is and for the need for creative thinking, then when I attended the transport workshop what did I see on the list of priorities but the NWRR. I soon told them what I thought of that (majoring on it's undeliverability rather than our core objectons), hopefully my message got across. There seems to be stronger business pressure for the Hereford by pass so I guess if the LEP backs any major scheme it's likely to be that one.
NWRR BACK IN THE BOTTOM DRAWER
It was made clear on Tues 13th July that the NWRR 'hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell' of getting funding and will have to go back in the bottom drawer. Cllr Martin Taylor Smith reckoned it'll stay there for 10 years at least. By then it will be even more expensive and more outdated than it is now so we believe the scheme is now if not dead then at least mortally wounded. Thanks to all who helped with the campaign. We will of course continue to campaign for more sustainable transport solutions for Shrewsbury.
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FoE organised walk the route and have a picnic, Sunday 25th April - click opposite to hear interviews.
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12/05/2010 NWRR work halted for now!!
The consultation will be finished off and the NWRR should be discussed at the Scrutiny meeting on July 13th. The only thing that's stopped for now is progressing the business case.
Hear interviews on Radio Shropshire during FoE's walk of the route, Sunday 25th April
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What the Election candidates think:
In a BBC Radio Shropshire debate held on Wednesday 21st April, Mr Tandy said: "I think the north-west relief road would relieve traffic but it's only for a minority of people.
"We need an integrated bus and public transport system. At this moment in time I am for it."
Mr Kawczynski, who has held the seat since 2005, said: "I think given the state of the public finances it is not guaranteed that any government of any colour will be forthcoming with this money and I have warned the council to take that into consideration and personally I have said it will not be a priority for me."
Mr West said: "Unless we have an integrated transport solution just at the moment I wouldn't [support the relief road]. But I think it's right and proper for politicians to listen to the people. My opinion is that we need to have a solution, which makes it easy for people to get to Shrewsbury and not drive through it."
Download the latest leaflet and evidence below!
NWRR leaflet 9.4.10.pdf
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The North West ‘Relief’ Road
WHAT IS IT?
Shropshire Council are considering building a North West ‘Relief’ Road for Shrewsbury joining up the A5 to the west with the Battlefield Link Rd to the north. They are carrying on with this at great cost, despite controversy over the scheme and a very small chance of it getting funding. It will be competing with schemes from areas with much worse congestion in a very tight economic period.
FLOOD DEFENCES ARE NO LONGER CONNECTED
Shropshire Council and the Environment Agency have now abandoned any thoughts of linking the NWRR to a flood defence scheme for Shrewsbury.
WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE?
Shropshire County Council did a lot of good work on transport in Shrewsbury which is already showing benefits in reduced traffic and increased cycling, walking and bus use. We support these schemes and think that they should be continued and expanded.
Trials of ‘Smarter Choices’ have shown that just giving people individual, targeted information and advice on public transport plus walking and cycling facilities can cut journeys by up to 14%, at much less cost than building the NWRR and with no damage done.
WHAT SHROPSHIRE COUNCIL SHOULD DO.Drop the NWRR and work on more sustainable, feasible and acceptable ways of controlling Shrewsbury’s traffic.
FOR MORE DETAILS see:
ORGANISATIONS THAT OPPOSE THE
PROPOSED SHREWSBURY NWRR
Shrewsbury Friends of the Earth,
Shrewsbury Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
Shropshire Wildlife Trust,
Mount Residents Group, HCF Residents Group
None of the candidates for Shrewsbury in the last general election supported it.
The Environment Agency, English Nature and the Berwick Estate have all expressed concerns about the scheme.
Updated June 2010
FOR MORE DETAILS see,