A50 Growth Corridor: Uttoxeter
The A50 Growth Corridor projects are part of a multi-million pound Government investment. The aim is to:
- cut congestion
- address safety concerns
- support local businesses
- create more jobs and opportunities for Staffordshire people
Highways England manages the A50 trunk road. The Government announced proposals to improve the A50 around Uttoxeter. This is part of the National Infrastructure Plan. It was announced in the Autumn Statement in December 2013.
The Government then incorporated this into The Road Investment Strategy (2014) and Delivery Plan. These are underpinned in law by the Infrastructure Act 2015. Highways England has appointed us to be its delivery partner for the projects.
We are delivering these works through two separate and discrete projects:
Project A: Western Junction
This is being carried out by Tarmac and project managed by Amey on our behalf as part of the Infrastructure + strategic partnership. Its construction began in June 2016 and was open traffic in December 2018.
It delivers a grade-separated junction on the A50 to the West of Uttoxeter and will provide improved access to new housing and employment sites to the south of the A50. It also improves access to the existing and new JCB factories to the north of the A50.
Project B: Eastern Junction
This is located to the East of Project A. Highways England is currently considering how to take this project forward.
Enquiries about Project B should be sent to:
The A50 Growth Corridor projects are part of a multi-million pound Government investment. The completed Project A will cut congestion, improve road safety, support local businesses and create more jobs and opportunities.
A new date has been set for a weekend road closure near Uttoxeter.
Work on the A522, north of the A50 between the new roundabout and JCB World Parts Centre, is now planned from 8pm on Friday, January 25th until 5am on Monday, January 28th.
The A522 will be closed to all vehicles in both directions to allow some surface finishing off work to integrate part of the new junction with the A522 carriageway.
Pedestrian and bicycle access between Uttoxeter and JCB will be maintained throughout the weekend, but signposted diversions will be in place for all vehicles. Travelling from Uttoxeter, diverted traffic will join the A50 at the new junction, continue to Blythe Bridge and take the A521 to Tean and then the A522 towards Lower Tean and Checkley. Travelling to Uttoxeter the route is reversed.
We are delighted that this major piece of engineering is such a success and will deliver so many benefits, supporting the creation of new jobs and more homes locally, while cutting congestion and improving road safety.
Other work scheduled in the area includes the overnight closure of the A50 between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter for five nights from Wednesday, January 16th to Sunday, January 20th inclusive.
The details are:
- A50 closed overnight eastbound only on Wednesday, January 16th;
- A50 closed overnight westbound only on Thursday, January 17th;
- A50 closed overnight in both directions Friday, January 18th; Saturday, January 19th; Sunday, January 20th.
All closures will be from 8pm until 5.30am and take place between the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter and the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge.
Signposted diversions will be in place and the route will be the same for vehicles travelling in both directions. From the east, traffic will be diverted northwards from the A50 at Uttoxeter on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along The Dove Way and stay on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent, before joining the A500 and then the A50 to Blythe Bridge. The route is reversed from the west.
Importance of the A50
The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands and the planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.
Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England. We will continue to update you as the project progresses.
If you have a query for us about Project A, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to us (freepost address):
FAO Lance Foxall
Senior Civil Engineer
Business Reply Service Licence No ST1649
A50 Growth Corridor Team
1 Staffordshire Place
Please send correspondence to Staffordshire County Council and not East Staffs Borough Council.