Shropshire

Shropshire Lodge Hill tourist route closed for repair

A Shropshire road will be closed for five weeks for repairs after a wall was damaged during a crash.

Work to repair the Lawley Culvert, which carries the Longnor to Chatwall Hall road over a watercourse, started on Tuesday.

The work will involve rebuilding the culvert's wall, which collapsed last year when it was hit by a vehicle.

To prevent the new parapet being damaged in a similar way, the road will be widened slightly at the culvert.

A spokesman for Shropshire Council said the road would be excavated and a reinforced concrete slab installed.

The new parapet will then be built on top of it and the road surface replaced.

Because of the narrow nature of the road, it would be necessary for safety reasons to close it to both traffic and pedestrians for the duration of the work.

'Will cause inconvenience'

When the road is closed, traffic will be diverted via Enchmarsh, Comley and Holyhurst.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council's cabinet member for transport, said: "It is appreciated that the closure of the road will cause inconvenience, but I hope that people will understand that it is necessary for safety reasons.

"Every reasonable effort will be made to reopen the road as soon as possible."

Tim Barker, Shropshire Councillor for Burnell, said: "This route is widely used by locals for essential travel as well as by tourists and others to access the Lawley and Lodge Hill for recreation.

"Its closure will inconvenience many, but I hope that all will appreciate that the work has to be carried out, and that every effort will be made to keep the disruption to a minimum."

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