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:
We’re pleased to say that despite some bad weather in recent weeks the A50 Uttoxeter Growth Corridor Project A is still on schedule for completion later this year.
The final steps to waterproof the bridge deck will be completed by the end of this month, while work is about to begin on surfacing the slip roads.
Originally the intention was to widen the A50 carriageway by a short distance in both directions by creating third lanes between the new bridge and the A5030 roundabout. These third lanes are designed to integrate with ‘Project B’, the second phase of the multi-million pound upgrade of the A50 at Uttoxeter.
Work by Highways England is under way to consider available options, costs and benefits to help inform the case for Project B to be included in the next phase of its Road Investment Strategy. It is therefore proposed that the road widening be postponed until it is necessary.
If we widened the dual carriageway now, unnecessarily, the concern would be that the new eastbound lane would confuse drivers approaching the roundabout or even be mistaken for a layby. The work westbound would affect the Shell petrol garage, just west of the A5030 roundabout, when it is not necessary.
Instead, it’s proposed to improve the entrances to the Shell petrol garage, making it safer for customers to access.
These proposals to defer the road widening and improve the petrol garage access will be formally, publicly considered by Staffordshire County Council in the near future, but we wanted to let you know now.
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.