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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.

Mark Winnington, our Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said:

“The Stafford Western Access Route is an essential part of Stafford’s ambitious growth plans. It will enable future development contained in the borough’s local plan – notably the delivery of thousands of new homes and business, office and retail space. It will also reduce congestion in the town centre, particularly around the railway station.”

Progress so far

Please see our Project Updates page.

August 2020

We continue to make good progress on the scheme, we have now finished all our driven and bored displacement piling works and most of the heavy machinery associated with these works has now left site, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and patience during this phase of works.

Madford Retail Park

 Madford Retail Park has an upcoming diversion in place, the existing access to Madford Retail Park from the A34 Foregate Street will be closed and all traffic will be diverted along Foregate Street. Access will be then be via Greyfriars Place, whilst we carry out the carriageway widening to the new entrance into Madford Retail Park (see drawing SWAR/SK/56 - 932 KB ).

To reduce the amount of potential traffic congestion along the diversion route, existing on-street parking along Greyfriars Place will be unavailable during this phase of works. 

There will be 2-way traffic lights by the existing mini island of the retail park to manage the traffic flows and the pedestrian diversion routes will be reintroduced to keep pedestrians clear and safe away from the works.

Originally it was planned this phase of works would be carried out in 5 phases and run over a period of 5 months, however, to minimise the disruption we have taken the decision to implement a full closure and diversion which will reduce this programme of works to 1 month throughout September, with a planned start date of 1 September 2020. 

Doxey Road

The new section of Doxey road is progressing well and we will soon be diverting traffic onto this new section of carriageway on Doxey Road.

When travelling into Stafford and out towards Doxey Village, all traffic will now be rerouted onto the new section of Doxey Road and onto a section of the new roundabout and then re-join on to the existing Doxey Road as you approach the mini roundabout into Sainsburys. (See drawing SWAR/SK/58 - 804 KB ).

The existing Doxey Road will now be access only for property frontages in the Castletown area and a one-way route will be implemented. 

These changes will be effective week commencing 17 August 2020 subject to any unforeseen circumstances.

There will be two-way traffic management in place just after Timberfields Road junction whilst we carry out works in that area, these traffic lights may move along this stretch of road as we progress with the new footpath works. The pedestrian access route will remain as it currently is using the existing Doxey Road Route. 

Martin Drive/Unicorn Way

We are continuing with the drainage works and surfacing at Martin Drive will commence in August. Hoarding has been erected to start works on the retaining wall on the south west side of the railway bridge. 

June 2020

Please find below further details of pre-cast driven piling works required to the viaduct foundations.

As stated in previous correspondence, further limited works to the viaduct foundations are due to commence on Monday 15th June 2020.

The time taken to complete these works will depend on the hardness and variability of the ground encountered at depths of over 20 metres below the surface but it is anticipated that this phase will take up to 15 working days. The work is likely to be intermittent to suit the phasing of the works and when the plant moves to different areas and prepares for installation.

We will continue to monitor these works by our noise engineers to ensure compliance with the specification and planning conditions.

We appreciate this is not the most ideal time to be carrying these works, however, it is crucial that these works are carried out to allow the works to progress and move on to the next phase of the scheme construction, which continues to make good overall progress. 

If you require any further information please contact us by email at staffordwestern-accessroute@staffordshire.gov.uk

2020-06-09 Letter Piling Works (118 KB)

When are the works taking place?

The proposed start date is summer 2019.

When will the works be completed?

The works will be completed in the autumn of 2021.

Will I be able to access my home/business?

Yes, although there may be occasions when access will be restricted due to the construction works but we will give you advance warning of any works that will directly affect you and accommodate individual requirements.

What effect could the works have on me?

There may be delays to travelling traffic during the construction phase but once complete, the new road will help alleviate congestion in and around Stafford town centre.

Noise and dust may cause a nuisance to local residents during the works but we will employ industry best practice techniques to mitigate this.

How you can help us

You can help us to get the job done with the minimum of fuss by following this advice:

  • Please keep children away from the works to ensure their safety.

  • Please drive appropriately through the works.

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