Planned road closures in Shrewsbury as Network Rail ‘pigeon proof’ local bridges: Shrewsbury station in the sun

Tuesday 16 Mar 2021

Planned road closures in Shrewsbury as Network Rail ‘pigeon proof’ local bridges

Region & Route:
Wales & Western: Wales & Borders

Network Rail is ‘pigeon proofing’ a number of bridges in Shrewsbury as part of a seven-week plan to help improve the town centre. 

The work on Castle Foregate Railway Bridge and the surrounding bridges will provide a safer and more hygienic environment for people in the town, as pigeon droppings can damage structures and can cause a slippery surface that can lead to slips, trips and falls.

Shropshire Council and Network Rail – the bridge owners - have agreed a joint solution to the problem, which will see special netting installed under the bridge, above the pavement. The bridge will also be cleaned.

The project continues until the end of April with work taking place overnight to minimise disruption to road users.

Daniel Brookfield, asset engineer at Network Rail, commented:

“Working alongside Shropshire Council, we are looking to resolve the long-standing issue of pigeon mess under the bridges at Castle Foregate and the surrounding area.

“This work will make a real difference for local residents and visitors to Shrewsbury as well as protecting our historic railway bridges for future generations.” 

Tim Pritchard, Shrewsbury Programme Manager with Shropshire Council added:

“We’re all too aware of the problems caused by pigeon droppings on the pavement under the railway bridge and we know it has long been a cause of concern for visitors to the town centre.

“Over the years a number of measures have been taken to try and prevent pigeons from roosting under the bridge, though with limited success. Now, working with Network Rail were confident that we’ve found a solution that will put an end to this problem – which I know will be welcomed by many people.”

Network Rail teams are aware that work will be happening close to people’s homes and will minimise disruption as much as possible.

All necessary precautions will be taken to keep the community safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19, by working within current Government guidelines. 

Notes to Editors

A more detailed outline and timescale of the road closures and work can be seen from the attached map and table below:

Map Reference



Yellow – Red Lion Bridge (Private Road)

Monday 8 March to Wednesday 10 March

10.00 pm and 06.00 am

Red – Great Western Bridge (Private Road)

Wednesday 10 March to Wednesday 17 March

10.00 pm and 06.00 am

Green – Castle Foregate Street (Lane closure)

Wednesday 17 March to Friday 2 April

10.00 pm and 06.00 am

Blue – Cross Street (Road closure)

Monday 19 April to Friday 23 April

10.00 pm and 06.00 am

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