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Stafford Western Access Route

SWAR 2

The new road will provide a strategic link between the north and west of the town. The route will connect A34 Foregate Street at the Madford Retail Park junction with A518 Newport via the existing Martin Drive and Kingsway. The project will include:

  • The estimated cost of construction is £30m.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.

Progress so far

Please see our Project Updates page.

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.

Where can I find out more?

Background

SWAR 5

We submitted a planning application for the Stafford Western Access Route and you can review the information on our Staffordshire planning web pages.

Funding for the scheme was announced by the Government in summer 2014 as part of an £82 million growth deal for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. A public exhibition which detailed the plans was held in Stafford in October and November 2014.

The route will connect A518 Newport Road with A34 Foregate Street, removing traffic from congested town centre roads, benefiting business and allowing better access to new housing.

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.”

Historic works to date include

  • Flood compensation works at Doxey Marshes and the realignment of Broad Meadow Drain adjacent Doxey Road were completed in early 2017.

  • Trial piling at Doxey Road Car Park was completed in February 2017.

  • Road improvement works on A34 Foregate Street, including a signal junction at Browning Street which was completed in July 2017.

  • Creation of Castlefields cycleway (Kingsway and Martin Drive) and the introduction of double yellow lines in Castlefields (Kingsway/Martin Drive/Redgrave Dive/Rose Hill) and Castle Way. Completed in June 2018.

  • Works to Pans Drive completed in July 2017.

  • Utility diversions.

  • Building surveys at Castletown, Lidl and Ten Pin.

Business case

The latest version of the business case, along with a detailed technical drawing (1.9 MB) of the proposed scheme and accompanying documents are available.

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