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.

Projects

We are delivering these works through two separate and discrete projects:

Project A: Western Junction

This is being carried out by Carillion and project managed by Amey on our behalf as part of the Infrastructure + strategic partnership. Its construction began in June 2016 and is on course to be completed in November 2018. 

It will deliver a grade-separated junction on the A50 to the West of Uttoxeter and 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: Eastern Junction

This is located to the East of Project A. Highways England is currently considering how to take this project forward.

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Latest News

20 October 2017

All the material needed to build the embankments has now been delivered. Although the delivery vehicles were routed to arrive and leave via the A50, avoiding the town, now there will be significantly fewer journeys to and from the construction site every week.

Also recently complete is the work to cast the reinforced concrete deck on the new bridge spanning the A50.

The next step will be to remove specialist safety equipment from the new bridge, which was attached before it was lifted into place by crane in July. The safety equipment allowed a great deal of work to be done without affecting the dual carriageway below.

As mentioned in the previous update, part of the A50 will be closed one-way for five nights next week. On October 23 and 24, the A50 will be closed westbound, along with the outside lane of the eastbound carriageway. On October 25, 26 and 27, the A50 will be closed eastbound, along with the outside lane of the westbound carriageway.

The closures will be from 8pm until 5.30am and happen between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands.

The diversion route will be the same for vehicles travelling in both directions. From the east, traffic will be diverted northwards from the A50 at Uttoxeter on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along The Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent, before joining the A500 and then the A50 to Blythe Bridge.

The Shell petrol station, which stands on the westbound carriageway a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout, will open as normal and access will be maintained at all times via the A522.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while the work is done. 

Importance of the A50

The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands and the planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.

We are delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England. We will continue to update you as the project progresses.

Contact details

If you have a query for us about the A50 Growth Corridor development, please e-mail us at a50growthcorridor@staffordshire.gov.uk

Or write to us at (freepost address):

FAO Lance Foxall
Business Reply Service Licence No ST1649
A50 Growth Corridor Team
Wedgwood Building
Tipping Street
Stafford
ST16 2BR

Please send correspondence to Staffordshire County Council and not East Staffs Borough Council.

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