In terms of the North West Relief Road, I can see that the impetus for it comes from a desire to reduce traffic congestion through Shrewsbury.  Also, given the importance of the A5/M54 transport corridor for trade with Ireland (North and Republic) the scheme can be seen as part of the national road infrastructure improvement strategy.  However, I don’t believe the current proposal meets either of these objectives and on initial examination appears over-priced.  Furthermore, the traffic flow projections upon which the scheme is founded are obviously out-of-date, being devised before Coronavirus altered the way the economy now seems to operate and how we can now expect to live.  I therefore think that the scheme needs to be paused and completely re-evaluated as part of a more environmentally friendly and sustainable transport strategy for Shrewsbury and the wider Marches area.

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