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Easing of Coronavirus restrictions

Stafford Western Access Route

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Work is now under way on the multi-million-pound Stafford Western Access project which will boost growth and ease congestion in the town centre.

It will enable millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development to take place and improve traffic flow in the town centre, particularly by the railway station.

The new road will link the A34 Foregate Street at Madford Retail Park to the A518 Newport Road Castlefields junction. The road will help improve traffic flow in Gaol Square, Newport Road (east of Kingsway), Station Road, Chell Road, A34 Foregate Street (south of the scheme) and Doxey Road.

The road is being funded by developers and with £15.5million secured by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Local Growth Fund. It will support the construction of up to 2,350 houses and the creation of 100 jobs.

The scheme will include improved conditions for bus services, pedestrians and cyclists. There will also be environmental benefits through the redevelopment of areas of derelict land and landscaping along the route.

Scheme detail:
  • An improved junction on the A34 Madford Retail Park to provide additional lanes. The route will pass between the Lidl and Tenpin buildings before crossing the River Sow and Doxey Road car park on a low viaduct.

  • The route will connect into a new enlarged roundabout to replace the existing mini-roundabout access to the Doxey Road car park.

  • The section of Doxey Road that is fronted by the Castletown properties will be re-aligned to provide a buffer between the residents and the new road. The existing road will remain as a service access to these properties.

  • The section of Doxey Road between Timberfields Road and the West Coast Main Line bridge will be re-aligned to improve the approach to the railway bridge.

  • A new section of road will be constructed between the West Coast Main Line bridge and the Martin Drive/ Rose Hill roundabout on the existing Castlefields estate.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport David Williams said:

“The Stafford Western Access Route is a huge project for the county town and for Staffordshire. It is critical for Stafford’s future growth and to see the progress so far – particularly considering pandemic restrictions – is rewarding to the county council, communities and our businesses.

“The route really is taking shape now and people can see how it will make a difference to the town – enabling both housing and business development and easing congestion in the centre of Stafford and near the railway station.

“The river bridge construction is a critical phase of the project, connecting the northern section to Doxey Road. We’re pleased we have been able to continue work safely through the pandemic.

“We have ensured communities have been kept informed and involved throughout the project and we are always keen for any feedback from residents and businesses.”

LEP chairman Alun Rogers said:

“We’re pleased to see such rapid progress at one of our major projects which will deliver growth, attract investment and support job creation for our communities.

“Covid-19 has hit our economy hard, as it has nationally, and so continuation of the Stafford Western Access Route and other projects will be vital for our longer-term recovery. The completed route will complement successful delivery of the Stafford Gateway project and our future HS2 connection.

“The project demonstrates to people, business, future investors and the Government the successful working across the public and private sectors in Staffordshire.”

Coming up

Doxey Road Railway Bridge Closure

The works to the bridge deck are progressing well with all utility companies onsite undertaking their programme of works.

We have reviewed our programme and sequence of operations and pleased to confirm we are currently on programme to reopen the bridge week commencing 5th July as stated in our previous correspondence subject to any unforeseen circumstances.

We will continue to maintain pedestrian and cycle access throughout, however, please do take extra care when navigating through this section of works.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and if you require any further information please contact us by email at

staffordwestern.accessroute@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

Links

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