A5 in Shrewsbury to undergo £8.75m roundabout revamp

Preston Boats roundabout
Image caption The Preston Boats roundabout, where the A5 meets the A49, will be replaced with traffic lights

Plans have been unveiled for an £8.75m upgrade to the A5 around Shrewsbury in a bid to reduce congestion.

The Highways Agency project, funded by the government's Pinch Points scheme, is due to see work on four roundabouts outside the town - Emstrey, Preston Boats, Churncote and Edgebold.

Work is expected to start in November and be completed by early 2015.

It includes the replacement of Preston Boats roundabout with a traffic light controlled junction.

Other phases of the project will see carriageways widened, realigned and in some cases traffic lights introduced.

The work is due to take place overnight to minimise disruption.

Claire Wild, responsible for transport at Shropshire Council, said, despite the inconvenience, there would be long-term benefits on one of the busiest stretches of road in the county.

The plans are going on display at Salop Leisure on 11 and 12 September.

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