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: 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.
Carillion Update: In light of the news about Carillion, we thought it would be helpful to explain its connection to Project A and offer reassurance, if needed, that the project will continue on schedule.
Carillion’s collapse is terrible news for its employees, and worrying too for others indirectly affected by it. All those affected have our sympathy.
Project A is being delivered by Staffordshire County Council, on behalf of Highways England, to support business and unlock land for new housing and economic growth. It involves building a new bridge across the A50, building three new roundabouts, new slip roads, link roads and removing the old bridge. Highways England has been monitoring the situation for some time and has developed contingency plans to ensure the continued safe delivery of any schemes that Carillion is involved in.
Carillion’s involvement is as part of a Joint Venture partnership, with Tarmac, which manages the work on site at Uttoxeter.
We’ve had several detailed conversations with the Joint Venture to understand the situation and the clear intention is that work will continue as planned on this important project. For instance, the overnight carriageway closures mentioned in the previous newsletter are still scheduled for the end of this month.
We will update you again in due course, but please contact us in the meantime if you have any concerns.
The A50 Uttoxeter Growth Corridor Project A is scheduled to be completed later this year.
All the work is underway to complete the bridge, adjoining roundabouts and slip roads on and off the A50.
Drainage and carriageway work is progressing on the south embankment, while the bridge deck itself should be waterproofed and completed by March. We’ve been coordinating with the utility companies so they can install all the necessary pipes and cables and we’re also pleased to say that as a lot of the raw materials have been delivered, there are 100 fewer lorry journeys a week to and from the site now.
Later this month we need to close part of the A50 one-way for six nights. This is to set up temporary narrow lanes, which will enable our contractors to work close to the road as safely as possible. A permanent, enforced 50mph speed limit will also be in place from the end of January to protect the workforce.
On January 29, 30 and February 3, the A50 will be closed westbound. On January 31, February 1 and February 2, the A50 will be closed eastbound.
The closures will be from 8pm until 5.30am and will 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 is on the westbound carriageway a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout, will remain open as normal and access will be maintained at all times via the A522. Full access will also be maintained at all times to The Parks restaurant, which is open as usual.
We would like to apologise for any disruption and thank you for your patience and understanding while this important 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.
Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England. We will continue to update you as the project progresses.
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 (freepost address):
FAO Lance Foxall
Senior Civil Engineer
Business Reply Service Licence No ST1649
A50 Growth Corridor Team
1 Staffordshire Place
Please send correspondence to Staffordshire County Council and not East Staffs Borough Council.