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A442 Roadworks – Monday 4 Feb. 2019

Information from

Roadworks SignA442 From Radmoor Crossroads to A53 Espley Roundabout, Hodnet
04 February
Delays likely Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works description: Scoping for pothole funding works 2018
Responsibility for works: Shropshire
Works reference: UJ20570054197-015-01A

Fly-Tipping Alert – January 2018

It has been a while since we highlighted the problems of fly-tipping – the last time was in 2014.
This weekend a local resident has sent us the following photographs of rubbish recently dumped over a gate close to the junction on the A53 bypass with section of Station Road leading to Stoke-on-Tern.

The rubbish appears to be a mixture of domestic and building waste.
The incident has been reported to Shropshire Council, but as the rubbish has been deposited on private land it may be the responsibility of the land owner to cover the cost of removing it.
If you know anything about this, or any other fly-tipping incidents, please contact West Mercia Police on 101, or Crime stoppers on 0800 111 555.
Keep Britain Tidy say:

Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted. The courts have various powers available to them to tackle fly-tipping, including imprisonment, substantial fines of up to £50,000 orders to pay costs and an order to deprive rights to a vehicle used to commit the offence.

Three days of disruption on Shrewsbury Street – 21 to 23 Jan.

An announcement on is warning of three days of works on Shrewsbury Street from Monday. The notice reads:

Roadworks SignShrewsbury Street, Hodnet
21 January — 23 January
Delays likely Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: From 24 to 26 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

Wollerton Water Main Replacement – Update 17 January

Update Friday 18 Jan: We have been informed this afternoon that the traffic lights will be removed by the end of today. Samantha Pedley of Amey also said that she would be informing Arriva, that the 64 will be able to use Mill Road from tomorrow. Whether or not it start doing so tomorrow or on Saturday is not clear at the time of writing.

The webteam has been informed that Severn Trent Water’s contractors Amey are making progress with Phase 2 of the water main replacement. So far they have not been able to remove the traffic lights from the Mill Road/Wood Lane cross roads and so it has not yet possible for the 64 bus to return to using the intended diversion route.
This week’s update from Samantha Pedley, Amey Customer Liaison Officer reads:

We have now competed phase 1 and started the road closure on phase 2 from Wollerton crossroads towards Drayton fields, we are on schedule to complete by the target date. We are hoping to achieve getting the traffic light signals removed by the end of the week although the road closure will still be in place.
We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding during these works.

Full details of the ongoing project to replace the water mains in Wollerton can be found in our earlier post 22 Weeks of Roadworks in Wollerton.

Wollerton Water Main Replacement – 64 Buses Avoiding Crossroads

Roadworks SignDespite 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.

Tree Trimming in Marchamley – 11 Jan 18 has published information about possible delays in Marchamley tomorrow, Friday 11 January, whilst Western Power cut back trees from near overhead power-lines. The description of the location may not be immediately clear to local residents, but the map on the website suggests the work will take place on Eastlands.

Roadworks SignC2073 From Hodnet A53 North Junction to Weston Junction Marchamley
11 January
Delays likely Traffic control (two-way signals)
Works location: Outside Kuringa
Works description: Tree trimming – No excavation
Works reference: DY525M51250590673

Wollerton Water Main Replacement – Road to be Closed, Buses to be Diverted

Work on Phase 2 of the Wollerton water main replacement will start in earnest on Monday 7th January when a Road Closure Order comes into effect between Wollerton crossroads and Lostford. The order is expected to remain in place until Friday 8th March. Throughout this period drivers are reminded that whilst access to properties in this area will be maintained, travelling through the length of the works will not be possible for a significant proportion of the closure. Drivers should therefore use alternative routes until the road is fully opened after the work is completed.
One group of drivers who will be taking this advice are those who work for Arriva. For the duration of the closure the 64 bus route in both directions will be diverted along Mill Road. From Monday this will add extra time to the journey between Hodnet and Market Drayton, and may also delay the service in the direction of Shrewsbury. Besides Mill Road, the temporary route will include a section of the Hodnet bypass. The webteam have been informed by Arriva, that their drivers will be instructed to treat the part of Mill Road where there are dwellings (i.e. between the crossroads and Wollerton Old Hall) as Hail and Ride, this will enable passengers to board and to alight from buses at any safe location. Drivers using Mill Road should also be aware that they may encounter larger vehicles than they would normally expect.
The following update was provided to the webteam on Friday 4th Jan. by Samantha Pedley, Amey Customer Liaison Officer. Amey are the contractors carrying out the work for Severn Trent Water.

We have now set up four way traffic lights on the junction of Mill Road and Main Road, as we intend to start excavating on phase 2 from 07/01/19 in the direction of Lostford. Please be aware there will be access to properties only. Traffic will not be able to pass through at any time whilst we’re on site.
Work in the village is now complete with only a small excavation area next Wollerton Old Hall Gardens. The road closure was removed before Christmas and traffic can get through to the village by either end. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these works.

Full details of the ongoing project to replace the water mains in these parts of Wollerton are in our earlier post 22 Weeks of Roadworks in Wollerton.

A442 Roadworks – 7 to 11 January 2019

The following notice has been posted on warning of five days of disruption on the northern end of the A442 in Peplow. The work is planned to start on Monday, 7th Jan.

Roadworks SignA442 From Radmoor Crossroads to A53 Espley Roundabout, Hodnet
07 January — 11 January
Delays likely Traffic control (Stop/Go boards)
Works location: A442 Espley Roundabout to Radmoor Farm junction
Works description: TM for Coring Gang
Responsibility for works: Shropshire Council
Works reference: UJ1021250536

Wollerton Water Main Replacement – Phase 2 about to commence

When Severn Trent Water announced 22 Weeks of Roadworks in Wollerton, Phase Two (on the old A53, Lostford) was scheduled to commence on 7 January 2019. That date is still shown on the relevant page of the STW website.
Today, has circulated an email alert containing information stating that the second phase of work will now begin on Wednesday, 2nd January. It is not clear if the starting date for Phase Two has been brought forwarded because Phase 1 was completed ahead of schedule, but if local residents were expecting the work not to start this week they should be aware that STW’s plans seem to have changed.
The three notices (here, here and here) all cover the dates of 2 to 15 January, a period when there will be 4 way lights controlling traffic at the junction of Drayton Road, Mill Road and Wood Lane. These will not only inconvenience local residents, but anyone who uses this route to travel between Hodnet and Tern Hill.

Local Plan Review – Preferred Sites Consultation

At the end of November 2018 Shropshire Council launched its Local Plan Review – Preferred Sites Consultation. The consultation will be open until 31 January 2019. [Update – 10 January: Shropshire Council has announced that the consultation has been extended by a week. The new closing date is Friday 8 February.] More recently, through its Newsroom website it has announced local meetings in Highley and Bridgnorth in early January. At present there are no details of when a similar meeting will be held in the Market Drayton area.
Hodnet is included in the Market Drayton Place Plan Area as a Community Hub along with Hinstock, and Woore. Copies of the full Consultation and Questionnaire are available, as are separate sections for each of the Place Plan Areas. Documents for Market Drayton are:

The image below is taken from p.114 of the Consultation document and it shows two proposed sites for residential developments, one to the side and the other to the rear of Hodnet School. The text states:

Over the period to 2036, it is considered Hodnet should provide around an additional 52 dwellings to supplement the existing committed sites. This moderate level of additional growth will provide an opportunity to deliver a range of accommodation types to help meet local housing needs and support investment in community facilities and infrastructure improvements where these are required as a result of development.


Delivery will primarily be through development of a site to east of Shrewsbury Road on land adjacent to the primary school for around 40 dwellings. The balance will be delivered through infill and conversion opportunities within the development boundary, along with affordable housing exception schemes for local needs.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the consultation should read the information on the main Consultation page and then respond via the email address on the “How to get involved” tab.