News Archives

A Summer of Disruption in Marchamley

This week Severn Trent Water has written to residents in Marchamley setting out details of work to replace water mains in the area. The letter states that the work will start in the week commencing 20 May and will be completed by the end of September.
In order to help residents to be as fully informed as possible STW is hosting a drop-in session at the Marchamley Club on Wednesday 24 April between 4.00 and 7.00pm.
The company has provided the following map and description of the work:
Marchamley Water Mains Map 2019
More information about the work are available from the following either:

  • Catherine Webb, Tel. 07971-304604
  • STW’s Planned Improvements page [Updated 17 Apr. Link now to project page]

To report problems with water or sewerage services call STW on 0800-783-4444
We intend to add updates to the Hodnet website as the work progresses.

Disruption on A442 for Four Weeks

People using the A442 through Peplow may have spotted signs indicating that the road will be closed from 5 April 2019, for 13 days, though no reason is stated.
The section of road covered is between Espley Roundabout (A53 junction) and Peplow/Radmoor Crossroads.
Around the same time residents living along this section of the road have received letters indicating that during this period resurfacing work will be carried  out. This is good news as the condition of this section of the A442 has been poor for far too long.
At present the information about the project on (Works Ref. UJ212RS/845190) shows the dates of the work to be from 27 May to 10 June. There is obviously some confusion as the attached site notice clearly gives the starting date as 5 Apr. 19. The relevant detail reads:

Description of restriction: Traffic will be prohibited from using A442 from the A53 Espley Roundabout to Peplow
Date & Duration: 5 April 2019 for 15 days
Purpose: Carriageway resurfacing.
Alternative Route : Via Waters Upton, Crudgington, High Ercall, Great Wytheford, Shawbury and the A53
For further information about road closures and roadworks in Shropshire contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006

Things are complicated further because also carries information about tree cutting work on this same section of the road starting on Monday 25 March, and continuing until 12 April. It reads:

A442 From Radmoor Crossroads to A53 Espley Roundabout, Hodnet
25 March — 12 April
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: from 362380, 326085 to 363451, 322361 No more than 100m at any point
Works description: Tree Cutting
Responsibility for works: Shropshire
Works reference: UJ015282008881

It is not clear how the two projects will work alongside each other, but the next four weeks look like they will involve significant disruption for Peplow residents and commuters along the A442!
In the meantime resurfacing work along The Avenue in Peplow continues and at some point will also interfere with traffic flow along the A442.

Wood Lane, Wollerton Roadworks, 21 to 29 March 2019

UPDATE 23 March:
A further notice on indicates that a section of Wood Lane will be completely closed from Mon. 25 till Wed. 27 Mar. It reads:

Wood Lane, Wollerton, Shropshire
25 March — 27 March
Delays likely Road closure
Works location: Wood Lane from X junction leading to Mill Road to The Woodlands
Works description: Installation of new BT poles and cable for provision of service to customer
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Works reference: BC005WP00400500237901608

This project is within the period covered by the notice below, but indicates that over the three days mentioned the road will be closed to through traffic. has announced over a week of disruption on Wood Lane Wollerton from Thursday 21 March. The notice reads:

Roadworks SignWood Lane, Wollerton, Shropshire
21 March — 29 March
Delays possible Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: (PCP6) Opposite Corner of Woodlands on Wood Lane
Works description: Build 1 precast chamber 1310mm x 610mm x 1265mm deep in Footway, Install 5m of 1 way poly duct in Verge,Provide 1 Cabinet and base (NGA cabinets)
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Works reference: BC005WP00400500272264600

Resurfacing on The Avenue, Peplow – March 2019

Recently, Shropshire Council have circulated letters to residents on The Avenue in Peplow with details of resurfacing work to be carried out there between 18 and 28 March. The annotated image below is taken from the information which accompanied the letter, and shows the location of the work.
The letter reads:

Dear Resident / Business Owner
I am pleased to inform you that Kier Highways have been instructed by Shropshire Council to carry out Carriageway Resurfacing and Civils works at the above location.
Works are programmed to be carried out commencing 18th March we envisage the work being completed by 28th March.
For safety reasons due to the width of the carriageway the work will need to be carried out under a road closure of The Avenue from Junction A442 to Junction Woodlands from 08.00am – 17.00 pm Monday to Friday. Please expect delays in this area during the works.
During the closure access to the works area will be restricted to:

  • Essential Highway Personnel,
  • Local residents who live and reside within the road closure,
  • Businesses located within the closure (if applicable),
  • Pedestrians, Dismounted Cyclists and Equestrians,
  • Emergency Service Vehicles

Please do not hesitate to seek guidance during the undertaking of the above work from the operatives on site.
The programme is liable to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather. All changes will be highlighted on the Advance Warning signs.
Should you have any queries or wish to discuss any of the above please donot hesitate to contact Shropshire Council’s Highways Customer Services Centre on 0345 6789006.

Note: Information about this project is also available on the website which indicates that for the whole or part of this period there will be traffic lights on the A442 at the junction with the Avenue.

Location: A442 – Junction of The Avenue
Description: Traffic Management for resurfacing works on The Avenue – Traffic control (two-way signals)
Permit status: Granted
Works ref: UJ212RS/845710-1

Finally, there is also a “future planning” entry on indicating that “A442 From Radmoor Crossroads to A53 Espley Roundabout,” will be closed for resurfacing work from 27 May to 10 June 5 April for around two weekssee this post. Whilst the disruption is not to be looked forward to, regular commuters along this route will in time appreciate the improvements to the surface on this section. No plans have been announced at present to resurface the A442 to the south of Radmoor Crossroads.

Wollerton Water Main Replacement Completed!

Yesterday, the webteam was informed that the reinstatement of the road surface on Drayton Road had been completed. The contractor’s intention was therefore by the end of the working day, to remove the signage and return to the status of the road to being legally open to traffic. Whilst this was not as early as hoped at the end of last week, the project has been completed on schedule.
We are sure that residents in the areas affected by the work over the last 22 weeks whilst benefiting from the upgraded water main, will appreciate the removal of the road closure, as will drivers who frequently use Drayton Road. The end of the work also means that the 64 bus service will be able to revert to its normal route.
A similar project is about to start in Marchamley with work commencing on 18 March and continui9ng until 26 July. We will try and provide updates on progress there.

Wollerton Water Main Replacement – Update 3 March 19

We have received the following update from Samantha Pedley, Amey Customer Liaison Officer:

“The pipework is all complete but there is some reinstatement work still to be completed.
We are expecting this to be done over the weekend with final sections done on Monday, however, it is possible this may extend to later in the week.
As soon as we have completed the reinstatement, we will remove the signage and leave site clear.”

Wollerton Water Main Replacement – Road to Re-open Next Week?

Wollerton Road Closure Map Oct 2018 to March 2019The webteam have been informed by Severn Trent’s contractor Amey, that good progress has been made on Phase Two and there is a real possibility that Drayton Road will be reopened sometime next week. If it is the work will be completed a week ahead of schedule.
The traffic lights at the junction with Mill Road and Wood Lane, which had been reinstated a while ago, have now been removed. This will enable the 64 bus to once again use Mill Road as part of its diversion route.
The site agent has requested the company responsible for replacing the tarmac surface to do so next week. If they do, the site will be completely cleared and the road opened by the end of the week. If for some reason the sub-contractors are unable to complete the resurfacing as planned, reopening the road will be delayed until the following week.
More details on whole project.

New Dog Walk in Wollerton

A recent work party undertaken by members of the Hodnet Footpath Group [HFG] means a footpath through the fields in the centre of the village is now accessible to a wider group of users. This is a quiet/pretty route that runs from the road next to the former Squirrel Pub to the road bend by the entrance to the Tennis Club, all as featured in part of the Hodnet Walks 2 leaflet.
For some time now the hedge by The Villa (at the Tennis Club end of the route) has been heavily overgrown and impeding walker access, but this has now been cut right back and the path cleared and levelled. In addition, the various stiles on the route which were not previously ‘dog friendly’ now have dog gates/access provided.
As ever, dog walkers should keep their animals under control when walking (and on leads in fields with livestock present), and clear up any dog faeces.
HFG undertakes various works in and around the village to improve local footpaths, and welcomes others who may wish to get involved. See our webpage on this website for more details.
The photos below illustrate the improvements.

Hedge – before work

Hedge – during work

Hedge/path – on completion

Hedge/path with 1st customer!

Dog access by former Squirrel Inn

Dog Gate by old railway line

Dog Gate by The Villa

A442 Closed by Stranded Lorry

According to a report on the Shropshire Star website, the A442 was closed for over three hours yesterday after a lorry went off the road and became stranded on the verge.

Picture: Operational Patrol Unit on Twitter
The report states that police were called shortly after 9:00am, and began advising travellers to find alternative routes.The incident happened between Espley Roundabout and the junction with the Avenue in Peplow.
Official diversions were put in place by noon when the road was completely closed whilst the vehicle was recovered. From the picture below it appears that two large recovery units attended the scene. The road was reopened around 3:00pm.
According to local reports the articulated lorry was carrying a consignment of cheese.
Picture: Operational Patrol Unit on Twitter

Shrewsbury Street Roadworks – 11 to 13 Feb. 2019

The following information about disruption on Shrewsbury Street over the next three days has recently been posted on

Roadworks SignShrewsbury Street, Hodnet
11 February — 13 February
Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: From 24 to 26 Shrewsbury Street, Hodnet
Works description: MJ Quinns are to run approx. 25m of ducting from pcp floor box to DSLAM floor box
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Works reference: BC005MQ1W00000HODNETPCP2