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Get your kicks on the A53
The new Hodnet and Wollerton bypass
The new Hodnet and Wollerton bypass
The new £14 million Hodnet bypass has finally opened.

However, while many locals are looking forward to reduced traffic through Hodnet and Wollerton, others fear that the bypass will affect the area's economy.
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The new Hodnet bypass is 6.61 km long (just over 4 miles).

The bypass was built by the Shropshire County Council at a cost of £14 million.

Hodnet has links to both the Robin Hood and King Arthur legends.
It may only be four miles long, but the new bypass will undoubtably have a huge impact upon life in both Hodnet and Wollerton.

Hodnet in particular has suffered with the volume of cars and HGVs passing through its small streets.

Some believe that the village's name comes from the Welsh 'whawdd' meaning peaceful and 'nant', meaning valley. Over recent years, only half of that description has proven accurate.

The village lies on a crossroads. The A442 passes through north west to south east and the A53 passed south west to north east. The A53 is a major route, taking traffic (including a large amount of freight) from Shrewsbury to Stoke.

Now peace might once again reign in Hodnet.

The new roundabout, just outside Hodnet
The new roundabout in construction, just outside Hodnet


The new single carriageway road stretches east away from the A53, just south of Hodnet, before it then meets the A442 at a new roundabout just outside the village. The new roundabout also provides a route into Hodnet itself.

During construction
During construction
The bypass then follows the line of Webster lane eastwards, before heading north over Station road down to the river Tern east of Wollerton.

The river is crossed a second time, as the bypass then rejoins the A53 close to the Ternhill roundabout.


Traffic in both Hodnet and Wollerton (just to the north east) will be drastically reduced. To minimise the sound of nearby traffic, the new road has been constructed using a special low-noise material, while earth mounds will also reduce noise pollution.

An extensive programme of planting will also minimaise the visual impact on the surrounding landscape.

Wildlife will also get a good deal out of the new bypass.

No more dashing across the A53!
Woodland, wetland and wildflower areas will provide important new habitats. Culverts will also allow animals to pass safely under the new roads.

The Shropshire Wildlife Trust have given their seal of approval to the new works.


Those businesses in Hodnet that rely on passing trade fear that their livelihood will be hit pretty hard by the new bypass and are urging people to support their local shops and restaurants.

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