Posted on Monday 20th July 2020
Work to build a new main road junction to provide access to a housing development is set to begin next Monday, July 27.
The junction on the A51 at Great Haywood near Stafford will provide access to the development. This section of the A51 will have its speed limit reduced from 50mph to 40mph at the junction. A new speed limit of 30mph will be introduced on Little Tixall Lane east from the junction to the road bridge. The limit will be 40mph from the bridge to the Coley Lane junction.
As part of a speed limit review of the A51, the 40mph speed limit will be extended from the new junction to the A51/Toldish Lane junction. There will also be reductions from 60mph to 50mph on sections of the road north of Great Haywood and Little Haywood.
The 20-week junction construction will include the introduction of passing places on Little Tixall Lane east and retaining walls on the new access road and Little Tixall Lane east. A new bus stop will be installed on the A51 south-east of the new junction. In addition, a storage pond will be created between Little Tixall Lane east and crossing points for horse riders on the access road. No vehicles will be able to access Little Tixall Road west between the access road and Marlborough Close, where bollards will be installed. The junction works are being paid for by the housing developer.
For the work to be carried out safely, there will be temporary traffic signals at times on the A51 and Little Tixall Lane closed from Marlborough Close to the Coley Lane junction for pedestrians and vehicles.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:
The creation of safe access to the new housing development in Great Haywood provides the opportunity to introduce safety measures and other improvements in the immediate area.
The A51 is a busy road and while necessary to reduce speed at the new junction, our review found that reduction north and south of the junction will improve overall safety, which is an absolute priority to us.
These schemes will bring long-term benefits to the village and to motorists using the A51. We’d like to thank people in advance for their patience while this work is carried out.”