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Road closure: Shropshire gears up for one of UK's longest diversions

Drivers face massive disruption from tomorrow, as work begins to rebuild a level crossing, which will mean the closure of one of the Midlands' busiest roads.

The crossing at Onibury village in Shropshire goes over the A49 which carries 6000 vehicles a day.

Watch the video below to see how traffic travelling between the north and south of the county will have to make one of the UK's longest ever diversions - 60 miles via Kidderminster and Bridgnorth....

The closure is from 1 July 1st - 9 July.

Network Rail says the work is essential.

Onibury level crossing has been closed at short notice several times recently for essential maintenance, which has caused disruption for the local community and commuters.

The level crossing is due to be closed at the beginning of July to allow engineers to completely renew the crossing and fully upgrade the track.This will help to prevent repeated closures in the future and allow us to continue operating a safe and reliable railway.

– Jeff Davies, route safety and asset management director for Network Rail Wales