Proposals for improving transport, travel and public spaces in Market Drayton have been published by Shropshire Council, with local residents and businesses encouraged to comment on which of the ideas they would like to see progressed – if funding becomes available.
Proposals include improvements to public realm and crossings on key streets in the town centre, a new walking and cycling circuit which will make better use of the River Tern, improvements to bus routing, and road safety improvements at key junctions.
These suggestions have been put forward following extensive data analysis, site assessments and engagement with council officers and local councillors.
Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways, said: “This is very much an emerging list of projects for Market Drayton and that could be carried out in the coming months and years, if there is public support, and if funding can be secured. We hope it’s a list that will grab people’s attention and generate debate and discussion. It’s exciting to be able to put these ideas on the table and ask local people what they think.
“We hope that this exercise helps demonstrate to people that the council is working hard on ways to improve transport, and access investment, in Market Drayton.”
The outcomes of this public engagement exercise will be critical for helping to develop a ‘future connectivity plan
s’ for Market Drayton.
Proposals that will improve local transport, enhance quality of place, support local health and wellbeing, and strengthen the local and wider regional economy, are being considered.
Whilst there is currently no budget available to take the identified schemes forward, the final future connectivity plan
s will assist Shropshire Council in trying to secure external scheme funding from The Marches LEP, Government and the private sector.
Carbon reduction is a key consideration within each of the projects and all align with the council’s wider climate programme and commitments.
The proposals for Market Drayton are:
Improving walking and cycling connections to, from and within the town would encourage and enable more journeys to be made by sustainable transport modes.
This package of measures would deliver improved walking and cycling connections to the existing National Cycle Network and a new ‘Market Drayton Greenway’. The Greenway would create a circuit for walking and cycling which connects to key employment sites such as Tern Valley Business Park, Muller and Palethorpes and supports safe walking and cycling journeys alongside the A53 and River Tern.
Also, to support enhanced public transport movements in Market Drayton and to strengthen connections to key employment sites, the following schemes have been proposed:
- Improved bus servicing to the town centre core – regular and reliable bus services.
- On demand electric hopper bus serving residential and employment sites as well as local services and amenities.
- Improved on street bus facilities – more dropped kerbs for mobility impaired users, high quality shelters and electronic boards with real-time service information for passengers at each bus stop.
- Enhanced bus station – redevelopment of the existing bus station to create an inviting and attractive public transport hub.
SHROPSHIRE STREET/ST MARY’S STREET/HIGH STREET PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTS
This scheme will deliver streetscape and public realm improvements on Shropshire Street, St Mary’s Street and High Street to deliver a high quality, attractive public environment in the town centre.
These improvements will help make the town centre a more attractive place to live, work and visit and help to support existing and new town centre businesses.
CHESHIRE STREET PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTS
This scheme would deliver public realm and crossing improvements to support safer pedestrian movements into the town centre from Frogmore Road and the Bus Station.
The scheme would help tackle the problem that existing crossing points are not provided on the pedestrian desire line into the town centre.
NEWCASTLE ROAD/A53 SAFETY IMPROVEMENT SCHEME
This scheme would see a redesign of the Newcastle Road/A53 junction to enhance overall junction safety by reducing traffic speeds on the approach into the town centre, widening the pedestrian footways surrounding the junction and enhancing visibility for vehicles turning onto the A53 from the town centre.