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Road through Pant, Shropshire

Pant bypass – update

2020 Update – In the Budget in March 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced funding towards the Pant and Llanymynech bypass project. The funding will enable consultation on the plans and there are still many issues to be addressed including the actual route of any new road.

As in previous consultations, there are many views in favour of a bypass, including from local MPs, Shropshire Council and Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council but residents will be able to put their comments forward about any negative aspects, not least the replacement of a 30 mph road with a much louder one with a probable national speed limit.

PROs cited include: Less traffic through the villages, fewer accidents and delays, less pollution along the A483 and a quieter village.

However, so villages list CONs including building on a floodplain, increasing noise in the environment due to higher speed traffic and less potential trade at the pub and shop.

Once details of the consultation are announced, and how residents can have their say, we will publish them here.

Road through PantOCTOBER 2014: News that the Welsh Assembly Government has commissioned a new feasibility study has reignited the prospect of a bypass for Pant and Llanymynech.

It was 13 years ago that the UK and Welsh Governments first agreed to put forward bypass plans to reduce traffic through the two villages on the A483, but nothing came of them. Now, Welsh Assembly Transport Minister Edwina Hart AM has given the go-ahead for a new report, which could lead to a Pant bypass.

The news has been welcomed by Owen Paterson, MP for North Shropshire, William Powell, Liberal Democrat AM for Mid and West Wales, Llanymynech Councillor Arthur Walpole and Dilys Gaskill, Chair of Llanymynech and Pant Parish Council.

A bypass brings with it the prospect of safer roads and less noise for the village, but the downside may be that local businesses which rely on the passing traffic may suffer and even close. What do you think?

Please do let us know your thoughts on the bypass and/or what else could be done to improve our village!


A483 speed limit review

A483 speed limit review

We understand that there will be a review of the speed limits on the A483 that runs through Pant in Shropshire from its junction with the A5 to the border with Wales.

Road sign in Pant Shropshire

A review of traffic speed limits is planned for next year

Residents and visitors to Pant will know that the A483, the main road that runs through the village, attracts a very large volume of traffic each day, much of it using the road as a major route between North and Mid Wales.

At times the road is very busy. Recent road improvements include the installation of a pedestrian crossing near to the Memorial Hall and the Co-operative shop as well as the siting of two traffic speed indicators, in the village near to the Cross Guns Inn.

Either side of the village the speed limit is 40 mph while in the village itself, the speed limit is 30 mph. However, traffic driving through the village often sets off the speed indicators showing that the vehicles are travelling faster than the speed limit of 30 mph.

EM Highway Services, which maintains the A483 in the West Midlands on behalf of Highways England has confirmed that in the next financial year (2016/17) there will be a review of the current speed limits on the road.

According to EM Highways Services this review will look at the existing speed limits and take into account volume of traffic, speed of vehicles, collision history etc.

It will also consider if the current speed limit is appropriate, if it should be reduced or if additional measures are required to assist in compliance with the speed limit.

However, EM Highways Services  went on to say that the review will be dependent on budgetary allowances, which have not yet been allocated for 2016/17.

Also, at this stage, there is scope for public consultation into the speed limits or the A483 more generally.

The speed limit review is to review current speed limits against the latest guidance on implementing speed limits. This is to ensure the existing speed limits are appropriate, to identify possible areas where revised speed limits may be justified or where extra engineering measures may be required to assist in regulating vehicle speeds.

According to EM Highway Services: “The process is data lead and there is no scope in the review to carry out public consultation. If the review was to recommend a revised speed limit then consultation and advertising of the revised speed limit would be carried out.”

If you have specific concerns about the A483 in Pant, please make them known directly to Highways England, especially as the planned review is not due to start until next year at the earliest.

Highways England is contactable by calling 0300 123 5000 or by email on Area9Hail@emhighways.co.uk.

Publicans’ bypass warning

Publicans’ bypass warning

Of the four pubs in Pant and Llanymynech, two are likely to close if a bypass for the A483 goes ahead, warns Pant publican.

Cross Guns, PantAlison Foden of the Cross Guns in Pant says that she can understand why some residents want a bypass for the village, but warns that a drop in trade caused by people missing the village on their travels could ultimately close the pub.

Speaking recently, Alison said: “We rely on passing trade during the summer to make the pub successful and to support the leaner winter trading months. Between October and March we rely on our locals to break even during these spells.”

The A483 is a popular route from the North through to Mid Wales and in the summer months is used by a large number of tourists in addition to a high volume of commercial traffic.

Alison Foden of the Cross Guns Inn, Pant

Alison Foden of the Cross Guns Inn, Pant

According to Alison, who runs the Cross Guns Inn with partner Iain Jones, if that passing trade of tourists is lost during the summer months, there isn’t enough pub trade in the two villages to keep all four pubs open.

Adds Iain: “We understand the need for a bypass, but I am sure it would kill two of the local pubs.”

A number of other businesses in the two villages, including shops, a café and car wash, might also be affected if a bypass is built, reducing the range of amenities for local people.

Many residents in Pant and Llanymynech are keen for a bypass to be built, even though a recent meeting heard that it is unlikely to be built in the next five years. Other commentators, though, have suggested reducing the speed limit through the village and others have suggested banning lorries and large vehicles on certain stretches of the A483 as a low tech and low cost way of improving safety.

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