Posted on Thursday 2nd July 2020
The first phase of works to widen a busy road in Stafford will begin next Monday, July 6.
The work taking place on the A513 Beaconside will provide suitable access to Taylor Wimpey’s Marston Grange housing development. It is being carried out by Staffordshire County Council’s highways team on behalf of Taylor Wimpey North Midlands.
The 13-week scheme will involve the widening of the embankment on the northern side of the road between the junction of Marston Lane and Parkside Avenue (east). The newly formed embankment will create a new section of road to allow utility companies to divert services. Initially work was due to begin in spring though was delayed as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.
When this phase of the scheme has been completed, work can begin on transforming a section of Beaconside into a dual carriageway from Parkside Avenue to the A34 traffic island junction. Permanent widened junctions will be created at Newbold Drive and Andrus Way to provide access to Taylor Wimpey’s Marston Grange development. The second phase of works will take approximately nine months.
All works are being paid for by Taylor Wimpey. The main road widening work is due to begin early in 2021.
During the first 13-week phase, work will take place off-peak between 9.30am and 3pm with temporary traffic signals in place. This will be extended to 4.30pm during the school holiday period. The current temporary traffic signals at the Newbold Drive/Beaconside junction will be removed during off-peak hours and replaced with two-way traffic lights.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:
This is the first stage of works to widen this section of the A513 Beaconside to provide access to the Marston Grange development.
When the scheme is complete there will be improved traffic flow due to the creation of a dual carriageway and permanent junctions to the development, meaning traffic will not have to queue if heading towards the A34. We anticipate this first phase will finish in June.
Temporary traffic signals will be in place during the works period and so we would like to thank people in advance for their patience.”
Taylor Wimpey’s technical director David Ameghino said:
The work to widen the A513 Beaconside was part of our planning agreement for Marston Grange, and we hope that once it is complete, residents will see a big improvement in journey times.
All of this work will be completed with the full approval of Staffordshire County Council and we hope to keep inconvenience to the local community to a minimum. However, there will be some disruption at times, so we’d like to thank the local community for their patience whilst we undertake these works.”