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.
26 May 2017
The A50 westbound is scheduled to be closed overnight for five consecutive nights from Monday, June 5th, to Friday, June 9th between the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands, and the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge.
This is the diversion route.
A50 diversion Route 5th to 9th June (221Kb)
Details of the works below:
27 April 2017
Preparations are well underway now for this summer’s major engineering work.
The next major step will be the delivery of six steel beams, each 47 metres long, for use in the new bridge across the A50.
To allow delivery and unloading to be done safely, and to minimise disruption, the A50 westbound is scheduled to be closed overnight for five consecutive nights from Monday, June 5th, to Friday, June 9th.
Darryl Eyers, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, said: “This is a logistically complex operation and the only safe way to do this is to close the A50 westbound.
“To minimise inconvenience to the public we are arranging for the closures to take place overnight with a well signposted diversion route which is suitable for all vehicles, including HGVs.”
The eastbound A50 will be unaffected by the closures.
Advance notices warning of the closures will be put in place by Highways England on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes on the nights.
The westbound A50 will be closed between the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands, and the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge.
Traffic will be diverted northwards from the A50 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.
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.
Darryl Eyers added: “We will provide more information nearer the time, but we’re giving plenty of warning so people can plan ahead. I’d also like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding.”
If you have a query for us about the A50 Growth Corridor development, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please send correspondance to Staffordshire County Council and not East Staffs Borough Council.