Despite the good intentions of Arriva and Amey, this week’s update has to report that drivers of the 64 bus have found it impossible to negotiate Mill Road/Wood Lane crossroads whilst parts of the junction are excavated. Consequently, Arriva has instructed its drivers to avoid Mill Road until the traffic lights have been removed. This means that the service through Hodnet has also been disrupted, with no buses along Drayton Road and the top of Shrewsbury Street. Journeys from both Shrewsbury and Market Drayton are for the time being both approaching Hodnet from Espley Roundabout; on reaching Station Road they are turning around at the Fire Station. They then return to Espley roundabout before turning right or left towards their destination.
Samantha Pedley, Amey Customer Liaison Officer, has informed the webteam that their site agent has been assessing the situation and was hopeful that the buses would be able to negotiate the obstacles, but Arriva has decided this is not possible at present.
Amey currently expect the excavations at the crossroads to be completed by the end of next week (Friday 18 Jan.) at which point the traffic lights should also be removed. Amey and Arriva are monitoring the situation. It is hoped that the buses will revert to the original diversion route once the crossroads are cleared.
The section of Drayton Road between Wollerton and Lostford will continue to be closed even after the the work at the crossroads has been completed.