Shrewsbury had an almost continuous riverside path along the Severn as the river loops around the town. However there was a section missing between Welsh Bridge and the train station which meant that people wishing to commute to work or travel by bike in the North of the city had to negotiate busy roads to get to their destination. Existing paths were poor between Falstaff Street, Hubert Way and the Flaxmill.
“ I am delighted that all the initial hard work that went into creating these important paths has now come to fruition. These routes will hopefully encourage more people to cycle and walk into town, to school or just to the nearby shops. ”
The scheme focused on developing a riverside promenade along Smithfield Road and a pedestrian and cycle crossing at Welsh Bridge, to link the traffic-free route through the Quarry to the bus and railway stations. The scheme improved existing paths surfaces and drainage as well as completing a new traffic-free path from Greenfields recreation ground towards the primary school. A new route connecting Castle Foregate and Ellesmere Road was developed, plus improvements to crossings and junctions, the introduction of contra-flow cycle lanes and construction of a new entrance to the bus station.
The scheme has improved walking and cycling connections between the town centre, the bus and railway stations and the areas to the north and west of Shrewsbury. This is encouraging people to leave their cars at home for trips into town or to local amenities. The scheme provides a direct route for hundreds of pupils that can be used all year round for their daily trip to school. The paths across Greenfield recreation ground provide hundreds of pupils with a direct route to the nearby primary school. The routes also connect to National Cycle Network Route 81 for longer journeys.
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