New automatic rising bollards could be installed in Oswestry town centre

Highways officers working for Shropshire Council are looking to spend thousands of pounds on a new automated rising bollard system in the centre of Oswestry, a news report in the local media has been able to reveal.

The town centre road is currently closed to cars between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday.

At the moment, the road is shut off by manual lockable bollards, and Shropshire pays Oswestry Town Council £12,000 a year to open and close them.

Under the new plans, a single, larger bollard would be installed and would be raised and lowered automatically after a timer was set. It would have sensors installed to ensure nothing was obstructing it. Before rising, a warning would sound for 20 seconds and a red light would flash. Once it was in place, a red light would remain on.

In an emergency, the bollard could be lowered by entering a code into a keypad on a nearby pillar which will house the controls, or by the use of a fob.

The scheme is believed to cost £50,000.

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