A one-way system will be coming to Wem when the town is hit by six weeks of roadworks.

Wales and West Utilities will begin work on Aston Street and Station Road on September 18 as part of a upgrade scheme on gas pipes to benefit residents and businesses.

The work will see more than 427 metres of metal pipes changed for plastic ones.

However, the lengthy works have led to anger from some residents who are concerned about congestion.

Wales and West Utilities operational manager for Shropshire, Dave Wood, said: “This six-week scheme is essential to keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses – and make sure the gas network is fit for the future.

“In agreement with Wem Town Council, and so that road users, pedestrians, and our colleagues are kept safe while we work, a partial road closure, as well as a one-way system, will be in use.”

The level crossing will be closed to all traffic for three weeks, while access out of Station Road will be via Whitchurch Road.

Mr Wood added: “Our agreement allows us to keep our traffic management system in place for the duration of our works.

“We will work as quickly and safely as we can to complete this essential work and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, we expect to complete our work on October 30.

“Before starting this work, we will write to all homes and businesses in the area, letting them know what to expect. Members of the public can also always approach the team on site with any questions.”

Questions about the work can also be directed to the Customer Service Team on freephone 0800 912 2999 or via email at enquiries@wwutilities.co.uk

They can also be contacted via Twitter @WWUtilities of Facebook.com/WWUtilities