A50 Growth Corridor - Uttoxeter
The A50 Growth Corridor projects are part of a multi-million pound Government investment. The aim is to:
- cut congestion
- address safety concerns
- support local businesses
- create more jobs and opportunities for Staffordshire people
Highways England manages the A50 trunk road. The Government announced proposals to improve the A50 around Uttoxeter. This is part of the National Infrastructure Plan. It was announced in the Autumn Statement in December 2013.
The Government then incorporated this into The Road Investment Strategy (2014) and Delivery Plan. These are underpinned in law by the Infrastructure Act 2015. Highways England has appointed us to be its delivery partner for the projects.
We are delivering these works through two separate and discrete projects:
- Project A, currently being constructed, will deliver a grade-separated junction on the A50 to the West of Uttoxeter. This will provide improved access to new housing and employment sites to the south of the A50. It will also improve access to the existing and new JCB factories to the north of the A50.
- Project B, is located to the East of Project A. Highways England is considering how to take this project forward.
We’re pleased to say that last month’s closure of the A522 for the installation of ducting for new electricity cables and both water and gas mains was a success and the work finished a day ahead of schedule.
The work is all part of the process of realigning the A522 north of the A50 so that traffic using the A522 can flow freely while the embankments and supports are created for the new bridge over the A50.
The realignment should be ready in March. When the final work takes place to link the new stretch of carriageway to the existing A522, the A522 will be closed completely between the A50 overbridge and JCB World Parts entrance (JCB access is maintained from the north) for the weekend. The date is still to be confirmed – and will be widely publicised when it is - but it is expected to be either the weekend of the 4th and 5th March, or the 11th and 12th March. It will definitely not be the weekend of the 18th and 19th, when the Midlands Grand National takes place at Uttoxeter racecourse.
As usual, diversions will be signposted.
Also, beginning this month, a single lane will be closed, off-peak, for approximately 800 metres, between 9.15am and 3pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 9.15am to 2pm on Fridays between January 9th and February 28th. The eastbound exit slip road to the A522 will be closed during those times. There will be no closures at weekends.
A short diversion will be signposted and traffic can still join the A50 eastbound at that junction.
This is so sheet piles used for an earlier phase of the bridge construction can be removed and temporary scaffolding and formwork can be installed to prepare for the construction of the north abutment wall of the new bridge spanning the A50.
Bulk fill deliveries to the north embankment will also begin in mid-January continuing into the summer. Lorries will stay to A-roads and avoid Uttoxeter as much as possible. Dust monitoring will be in place and control measures will be put in place if necessary.
If you have a query for us about the A50 Growth Corridor development, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to us at (freepost address):
FAO Lance Foxall
Business Reply Service Licence No ST1649
A50 Growth Corridor Team
Please send correspondance to Staffordshire County Council and not East Staffs Borough Council.