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.
We will be closing part of the A50 one-way for five nights in October to remove safety equipment that has allowed a great deal of work to be done on the new bridge without affecting traffic flows on the A50 below.
Work was scheduled to take place over five nights beginning Monday, October 16. However due to delays arising from recent high winds and heavy rain, the closures have been rescheduled and will now begin on Monday, October 23.
The revised schedule means that 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.
We’ve chosen to do the work overnight to reduce the disruption. The diversion route will be signposted on the nights and publicised beforehand, and I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their patience.
Months of preparatory work and planning came to a successful conclusion early in July when the beams for a new bridge were successfully lifted into place across the A50.
Working within a tolerance of a few millimetres, a 750 tonne crane lifted the six steel beams, weighing approximately 270 tonnes in total, into place over the weekend of 7 to 10 July.
To minimise the inconvenience to the public as much as possible, a great deal of work had been done in advance so what remained could be completed, safely, within one weekend.
In fact, although the A50 was scheduled to reopen at 5.30am on Monday morning, the workforce excelled itself and the road reopened at approximately 10pm on the Sunday night.
Although official diversions were in place for the weekend, and warnings to seek alternative routes were placed on the M1, M6, A38 and on national radio, we know the roads around Uttoxeter were busy at times that weekend and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding.
The bridge will eventually carry the A522 across the A50 and the upgraded junction will make it easier and safer to get on and off the A50 and open up land for new housing and economic growth.
Now that the beams have been laid work will continue to build up the embankments either side of the A50 and to lay reinforced concrete on the bridge deck to form the support for the road. Both the A50 and the A522 will be unaffected by this.
If you have a moment, there’s a 60 second film showing time lapse images of the 47 metre long beams being lifted into place.
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.
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 correspondence to Staffordshire County Council and not East Staffs Borough Council.