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The road ahead
Shropshire could see some big changes in its transport infrastructure over the next 20 years... funds allowing.
Plans to introduce road charges in Shrewsbury have been dropped by Shropshire County Council after a study suggested it would be "difficult to balance in cash-flow terms".
More than £2m was spent by Shropshire County Council, on top of £800,000 central government funding, in researching the possible introduction of a congestion charge in Shrewsbury town centre and tolls on the proposed North West Relief Road.
However, even with backing from the Transport Innovation Fund (TIF), the studies suggested that the road pricing schemes wouldn't generate enough revenue to make them worthwhile.
The council is currently looking at other ways to fund the proposed North West Relief Road.
North-west relief road in red (approximate route)
What campaigners said about the road pricing proposals before the results of the study
For - by John Everall
I feel that we cannot ignore the unique opportunity that the Transport Innovation Fund presents and how the proposed measures link in with our wider vision for Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury is continuing to grow and we cannot stand still, the study is looking at ways to improve the local environment and aid the local economy as this happens.
As a 'New Growth Point' the town could see an extra 3,500 new homes in the area by 2016, also we are working to get the Wolverhampton to Telford high-tech corridor extended to Shrewsbury. It is essential that developments such as these are backed up by investment in infrastructure.
Against - by Geoff Black
The No Way! group is a coalition of environmental groups, residents' associations and concerned individuals. We are united in our opposition to the Shrewsbury NW Relief Road and are extremely concerned that the plans are being steamrollered through by the council.
The group has long campaigned against the road, not only on environmental grounds, but also because the scheme is totally out of proportion to the perceived 'congestion' in the town centre. The road would devastate some of the highest quality landscapes around Shrewsbury, including Shelton Rough, Laundry Terrace (below Berwick House), the Old River Bed, Cross Hill and Hencott Pool.
Also, for Shrewsbury to be the only town in the region with a congestion charge will give negative signals that will send shoppers elsewhere. It is disgraceful that Government is being asked for massive funds without public consultation - or does the council know the intense hostility to its proposals and is afraid to confront it?
last updated: 03/01/2008 at 17:50
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