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From:  Meole Brace (SJ491105)
To:  Ditherington (SJ503145)
Via:  Shrewsbury town centre
Distance:  3.4 miles (5.5 km)
Meets:  A5112, B4380, A458, A528, B5062
Former Number(s):  A49
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Route outline (key)
A5191 Meole Brace – Ditherington

The A5191 follows much of the pre-bypass route of the A49 through Shrewsbury.

The road starts at the Meole Brace roundabout where the B4380 follows the first A5 southern bypass and the A5112 runs along the first eastern bypass. We head north, crossing the Rea Brook immediately and continuing along the residential Hereford Road, soon going over the Shrewsbury to Machynlleth railway line. As the road approaches the town centre the Rea Brook (whose route here was far more winding) is crossed again and we join a gyratory on the A458 on the far side.

There now follows a multiplex with the A458 but maps are unsure as to which number is dominant. Either way, we leave the gyratory by crossing the English Bridge over the River Severn and run through the town centre on the original route of the A5. We climb Wyle Cop and then join a one-way loop. From this point on the road appears to be pedestrianised, or at least a shared space, and runs straight through the narrow streets of the town's shopping area.

Northbound A5191 traffic bears left into the High Street then left again at the far end into Shoplatch. We descend slightly then bear right into Bellstone, which is two-way. After passing the Rowley's House Museum we cross one set of traffic lights to reach a second set, from where the A458 leaves the multiplex by continuing ahead across Welsh Bridge. The town-centre loop bears right onto Smithfield Road, which may or may not be the eastern end of the A488. This is a two-way road along the bank of the Severn ending at a gyratory within sight of the castle and past the railway station.

If we continue along the town-centre loop from here we head south, now one-way once more. We climb Castle Gates to pass the library and level out onto Castle Street. We then bear left into St Mary's Street, passing the church of that name before descending the narrow Dogpole to return to the High Street and complete the loop.

St Michael's Street

Returning to the gyratory by the station, the A528 leaves at its northwestern corner and the A5191 at its northeastern, the only corner on the far side of the railway line. We head north along Castle Foregate, which starts off industrial but which soon becomes residential. The road continues into the suburbs and presently reaches a roundabout where it ends, meeting the A5112 a second time.

An amended OpenStreetMap trace for this route awaits uploading to the SABRE Wiki.

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