A53 Hodnet Bypass, Shropshire

Client: Shropshire Council
Completed: 2009

Hodnet A53

A53 Hodnet Bypass is a major bypass in the County of Shropshire and opened to traffic in September 2003.

The scheme is 6.6 kilometres long, approximately 4 miles and provides a complete bypass of the villages of Hodnet and Wollerton together with the improvement of the remainder of the A53 to the A41 at Ternhill roundabout.

Moore Environment were involved for the whole term of the project, from early detailed design of the road scheme to implementation on site, including a five year aftercare period and the preparation of a landscape and environmental management plan for long term care.

The team were responsible for the landscape and environmental design of the scheme, including the creation of new wetland areas and the introduction of a number of techniques that were innovative at the time.   These measures helped contribute to the achievement of an excellent environmental performance for the scheme on site.

Key features of the scheme included:-A53 Hodnet Species Rich Grass

  • Approximately 100,000 native trees and shrubs were planted on site. All plants were contract grown from locally collected seed sources to enhance the establishment rate
  • 8 hectares of species rich grassland were created in selected locations on soils or growing substrates of low nutrient value
  • Creation of wetlands – 4 hectares of new wetland created in the Tern valley using natural ground water
  • The opportunity was also taken during the works to improve the Tern River channel, restoring several sections of the river by creating new meanders, ox bow pools, shallow margins and cliffs for sand martins and enhance the habitat value of the river
  • 4 attenuation ponds were also created to ensure Sustainable Urban Drainage for the scheme. These work with roadside swales to balance and clean up road runoff before it reaches local watercourses.

More information can be found on our Case Study Sheet available for download here

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