A5: Shropshire

Transport written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport

(1) what plans he has to widen the A5 between Wolfshead and Queen's Head; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the condition of the A5 between Shrewsbury and the Shropshire/Wales border; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chris Mole Chris Mole Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

There are currently no plans to widen the A5 between Wolfshead and Queen's Head. The A5 Queen's Head to Wolfshead widening scheme was submitted in the Regional Funding Advice submission to the Government at the end of February 2009. The West Midlands Regional Assembly's decision was not to prioritise the scheme for funding in the period 2009-19.

The A5 between Wolfshead roundabout and Shotatton is currently in good condition. The section of carriageway from Shotatton to Queen's Head is due to be surface dressed between June and July 2010 to improve the condition of the surface. A survey is currently programmed to identify the causes of a surface water drainage issue approximately 400 metres south of the Queen's Head Junction.

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