New electronic road signs to help Shrewsbury drivers at key locations
The 12 Variable Message Signs (VMS) in Shrewsbury will be used to inform drivers of delays, works and incidents on the road network, as well as to warn of possible traffic jams related to events or festivals and to let visitors know which use or avoid parking lots. They will also be used to warn drivers of road closures due to flooding or other emergencies.
Other important public messages will also be posted where appropriate, the Shropshire Council said.
Signs will be located on the A49 south towards the Battlefield roundabout; A53 southwest to the Battlefield roundabout; A51125 to Heathgates roundabout; A5112 south Bage Way to Reabrook roundabout; A5 west to Preston Island roundabout; A458 north to A5; A49 north towards the Méole Brace roundabout; A458 east towards the Churncote roundabout; A5 south towards the Churncote roundabout; B4380 East, Shelton Road; A5191 South castle front door; and the roundabout of the English bridge A458.
The panels are being installed and should be operational from the fall once testing and commissioning is complete. Placing the signs online on the national road network may take longer due to the finalization of the provisions relating to the power supply.
The VMS panels were supplied as part of the £ 12million externally funded Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Program (SITP), which also helped improve major roundabouts and junctions in Shrewsbury, as well as roads, sidewalks, cycle signage infrastructure and street furniture in the city center.
Councilor Steve Charmley, member of the cabinet responsible for highways, said: “The introduction of these signs is great news for road users in Shrewsbury and the surrounding area.
“They will be able to see and receive real-time updates as they travel about traffic jams, roadworks or road closures, as well as useful information on which parking lots to use, events happening in the city and other important messages.
“It will help people decide which routes to take and which to avoid, optimize the use of parking spaces in the city center, reduce traffic jams and support trips around the city. “