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.
Enquiries about Project B should be sent to:
Engineers worked round-the-clock from the evening of Friday 28 September until 3.15am on Monday 1 October to remove the bridge which carried the A522 across the dual carriageway near Uttoxeter.
As you will know from previous updates, it’s being replaced by a new bridge, with three new roundabouts, new slip roads and link roads to support business and unlock land for new housing and economic growth, while cutting congestion and improving road safety.
As well as demolishing the bridge, teams removed street lighting, safety fencing and carried out drainage works at the same time.
During the weekend engineers flattened the 25ft high bridge by using machinery to break it up from the top down. All material from the bridge will be recycled.
Once the bridge deck was dismantled and the rubble removed, the central support and side walls were also pulled down, with water sprayed when necessary to control dust levels.
Teams will need to return to remove the very last part of one final bridge support, and are already in the process of working out how this can be done with minimal disruption. We will update you when a timetable is in place.
Protective matting was removed from the A50 carriageway before the road was reopened between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter.
The next phase of work begins on Monday, 8 October, when A522 New Road will be closed to vehicles from the Shell garage entrance for approximately 400 yards west towards Tunnicliffe Way. This is to reconstruct the carriageway, install ducts and pipes for future power, broadband and energy supply needs in the area for housing and industry.
The A522 will reopen in early December, with the Project A worked planned to finish on Friday, 14 December and again diversions will be in place similar to the earlier closure of the A522. More details can be found here.
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 Project A, please e-mail us at email@example.com
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.