Council bosses in Shropshire are working with the Welsh Assembly on plans to dual the A5 around Oswestry.
Shropshire Council’s leader said he was “absolutely confident” the measure for the road between Montford Bridge and Ruabon would go ahead.
Councillor Peter Nutting said he was working on the plans with colleagues from the Welsh side of the border, with the Assembly keen to bring economic benefits to both sides.
He said he was delighted full council signed off the government’s £54.4m funding for the Shrewsbury north west relief road last week.
Walking Dead co-creator to launch new zombie exhibition
Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard is opening a new zombie exhibition in his home-town of Shrewsbury.
He is one of the co-creators of the comic book series, which has been turned into a successful TV series, and a collection of his drawings will be on display at the town's museum and art gallery from 1 June.
Mr Adlard will also be giving zombie-drawing lessons to visitors on the opening day and displaying artwork created for other comic series,
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The addition sees West Midlands Railway services calling at Wellington, Telford, Shifnal, Cosford and Wolverhampton hourly and operating during off-peak hours Monday to Saturday
Meanwhile, a new hourly Sunday service between Birmingham and Shrewsbury has been introduced, calling at all stations between Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury.
And at night, trains to Shrewsbury are set to continue to depart Birmingham until about 22:30 on weekdays and 23:00 on Saturdays.
"I can’t emphasise enough what fantastic news this is for Shrewsbury and the whole of Shropshire," said Shropshire Council's director of place, Mark Barrow.
A more frequent service plays into exactly what we are trying to do in Shropshire by showcasing what we have and supporting businesses. Shrewsbury has 6.2m people living within an hour and a half of it and we want more day visitors - this feeds into all of that."
Shrewsbury's CCTV system won't be switched off despite a funding cut, the council leader has promised.
Peter Nutting said his authority had been forced to reduce the amount it contributes to running costs, because of budget cuts, but he said he'd go to partner agencies like the emergency services to ask for bigger contributions.
Shropshire Council pays up to £200,000 a year to fund the CCTV cameras in the town, and Mr Nutting said "it will be saved, but we have to change the way it's funded".
West Midlands Ambulance Service says it's going to be relying less on motorbikes and response cars and more on traditional ambulances in the future.
Mark Docherty, its executive director of clinical commissioning, said: “We invested a lot in response cars, a lot of motorcycles and even bicycles. But what we found was that it was all well and good getting a paramedic there, but what do they then do with the patient?"
Mr Docherty said he also wanted more defibrillators "on every street corner", so that if someone suffered a cardiac arrest, they could get help quickly.
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The hospitals in Shrewsbury and Telford have found £32m to spend on recruiting staff, improvements to buildings and new equipment.
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SaTH) says the money has come from a combination of cutting waste, smarter spending and an increase in funding.
Earlier this month, a health watchdog said "further urgent action" had been taken against SaTH, which was already in special measures amid safety concerns over emergency and maternity services. The Care Quality Commission said it would be sharing details of its latest findings in a report.
SaTH says £15m of the £32m will be spent on 200 doctors, nurses and other clinical staff, along with £7m on improvements in radiology, including a new CT scanner.
The money is also set to be spent on new wards, maintaining existing buildings, and improving IT systems, according to the trust which runs Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford's The Princess Royal.
Meeting ambulance target in county 'would cost £45m'
Rail timetable changes are set to be introduced across the West Midlands from Sunday.
West Midlands Railway is bringing in a number of new services, including one extra train an hour between Shropshire and Birmingham on weekdays and Saturdays and more trains on Sundays, additional evening services from Worcester and Hereford to Birmingham and an extra evening service between Kidderminster and Worcester.
It is also adding more carriages to services between Coventry and London and new direct trains to destinations such as Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe.
While Shropshire councillors have voted in favour of declaring a "climate change emergency", there was a reluctance to set a firm date for becoming a carbon neutral authority and one councillor suggested the threat was exaggerated.
Councillor Ed Bird (below, left), the Conservative member for Shifnal South and Cosford, said: “Like many things I don’t think climate change is as bad as is being made out,” and he questioned whether it was really a priority for people in the county.
The Conservative leader of the council, Peter Nutting (above, left), also had concerns, saying: "We are making so much progress but what I do not want to do is put undue pressure and targets on us by setting dates that are even more ambitious than those suggested by scientists.”
But Julian Dean, leader of the Green Party group said, “If you are not frightened, you are not paying attention" and added, “there are opportunities now. If we get it right we can make a difference. We can do rapid transitions. We have to.”
About 100 climate change protesters gathered outside the council's Shirehall, to call on the authority to take action.
Shropshire Council has voted to declare a "climate emergency", in line with dozens of other local authorities around the country.
A Labour motion called for Shropshire Council to make a pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2030, but it was rejected in favour of a slightly watered-down version put forward by the Conservatives and amended by the Liberal Democrats.
It said the council should write to the government to ask it to "be ambitious in its plans for carbon reduction targets" and set a national aim of achieving this by 2030.
Earlier, the Conservative leader of the council Peter Nutting said work was being done, but he didn’t think the council should commit itself to the date of 2030.