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Shrewsbury to remain open for business during essential road closures

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Shoplatch in Shrewsbury will be closed to traffic on two Sundays next month to allow essential drainage and gas works for Mardol House in Shrewsbury to be carried out. The road will be closed on Sunday 7 June 2015 and again on Sunday 14 June 2015, in both instances from 8am Sunday morning to 6am the following day, Monday morning. During the closure through traffic will be diverted via the Town Walls and Claremont Bank route.

The road closures are required for drainage and a gas supply to be connected to Mardol House and the new student accommodation - both are required to be completed and tested before the handover date in September this year.

The work has been scheduled for early June to avoid the busiest times of the year in the town centre.

The closures have been planned to take place after the Shrewsbury Cycle Grand Prix on 31 May, and to avoid the Carnival and other Summer Season events - ensuring this major route is available for use on weekdays and Saturdays.

In order to minimise any further future disruption Shropshire Council's street works team have arranged further planned work, involving a temporary crane installation on High Street and maintenance work in Shoplatch, to take place at the same time.

Shropshire Council is reminding people that the market hall and other local shops and businesses will be open as normal while the work is carried out, and is working with stallholders to minimise any possible effects from the work.

And, every Sunday onwards from Sunday 7 June 2015, people can pay £1 for all day parking in long stay car parks or £1 for the maximum stay period in short stay car parks.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council's Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

"The arrival of the university into Shrewsbury is a very exciting time for the town, and as part of the preparations for its growth we unfortunately need to close roads for a short period to get the work completed. The nature of the job means a road closure is necessary to complete it properly and quickly. We've taken care to try to minimise any disruption and want to thank everyone in advance for their understanding while the work takes place."

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