A5 closures 25 September – 12 October


What we’re doing and why? What are the benefits?

We’ve identified a number of improvements that we need to complete along the A5 between Weirbrook and Five Crosses. We need to improve the emergency lay-bys, drainage and carry out some resurfacing. We will also renew the road markings in the area. This will improve the safety of the road by improving the emergency lay-bys, provide a smoother surface, improve drainage and clearer road markings.

When will this work take place?

We plan to complete the work from 19 September to 11 October. To minimise the disruption to road users work will be completed at night between the hours of 20:00 and 6:00. Our days of work will be between Monday to Friday. During total carriageway closures a traffic lane will remain accessible for emergency vehicles, access to frontages will be maintained with the use of escort vehicles.

Phase 1A:

19 September – 20 September (2 nights): We will be working using traffic lights just south of the Queens Head junction

Phase 1B:

23 September – 24 September (2 nights): We will need to close the A5 between Mile End and Holyhead Road at Weirbook.

Phase 2A:

25 September – 27 September (3 nights): We will need to close the A5 between Mile end and Queens Head

Phase 2B:

30 September – 11 October (10 nights): We will need to close the A5 between Mile End and Five Crosses

Whittington Road will remain open between Oswestry and Whittington. Signage will be provided in Oswestry to advise traffic not to use Whittington Road to gain access to the A5 or diversion route.

Between Whittington and Five Crosses a 24-hour 40mph speed limit will be in place for the duration of phase 2B.

During the closures we will provide a signed diversion route.

Diversion 23-24 September

(Phase 1B – 2 nights)

Diversion 25 September – 11 October

(Phase 2A & 2B – 13 nights)

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained throughout the closures.

I would also like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption to those living close to the work. We’ll make every effort to carefully manage noise levels and additional lighting to minimise the impact.

Find out more

If you have any questions, or if you would like to know more about our work, please call us on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk. You can also visit our website at highwaysengland.co.uk/roads/ or write to us at Highways England, National Traffic Operations Centre, 3 Ridgeway, Quinton Business Park, Birmingham, B32 1AF.

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