Major study could shape the future of transport in Shrewsbury
The ‘Movement and Public Realm Strategy’, led by the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan Partnership, will involve detailed research and discussion before a new strategy is proposed in the future.
One of the most contentious issues about the big city plan during a major consultation early last year was that the bus station could be scrapped.
The current plan includes a “transport hub” where The Gap parking lot is on Raven Meadows, with space to park between 400 and 450 cars.
Concerns have also been raised about how new developments will rub shoulders with the city’s most historic and beautiful buildings.
The Big Town Plan Partnership says it will consult with a range of public and private sector partners, as well as community groups, ahead of broader public consultation later this year.
This study, undertaken by transport planners and designers, PJA, will examine these comments in detail, as well as conducting extensive engagement and research before making recommendations.
Councilor Ed Potter, deputy leader of Shropshire Council and representative of the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan Partnership, said: ‘The smooth flow of people is absolutely vital to the future of Shrewsbury and follows the master plan vision which has generated so much useful discussions and debates over the past year. .
“The travel and public realm strategy will address many important works already underway, such as the local transport plan, the High Street weekend light traffic trial, the planned transformation of the the city and, of course, the development of Riverside.
“As this work progresses, we will seek to engage people and seek out their perspectives and what is important to them in different ways.
“This will be a holistic, integrated plan for the whole city – which is why the Greater Shrewsbury City Plan Partnership leading this work is important – all partners working together for the greater good of the city.”
Councilor Alan Mosley, leader of Shrewsbury Town Council and representative of the Big Town Plan Partnership, said: ‘Shrewsbury is a wonderful town, defined by its narrow streets and historic layout, and no one is looking to change that, but I think that most people recognize that car congestion in the downtown core needs to be a thing of the past.
“It needs to be easier for people to get to Shrewsbury in different ways – whether they’re walking, cycling, using public transport or even using the river. We also want to promote these alternative modes of transport within the framework of the initiatives of the partners on climate change.
“This report will be an essential part of the plan for the great city, given the many interconnected elements that have long been debated.”
James Handley, Board Member of Shrewsbury BID and member of the Big Town Plan Partnership, said: “From a business perspective, it’s about creating the best access and the best public realm for the center -city and its businesses prosper.
“As well as improving access to the town center on foot and by bike for people who live in or near Shrewsbury, we want to ensure that high quality, accessible parking for buses, trains and cars are available for people and visitors coming from further afield. abroad and for people who have specific access requirements.
“PJA is well respected and already knows Shrewsbury from having worked on projects here in the past, so we look forward to working with them on this project with real positivity.”
For more information on the Public Realm movement and strategy, and the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan, visit www.shrewsburybigtownplan.org