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.


Latest News

3 July 2017

Please be aware that the A50 at Uttoxeter will be closed in both directions on the weekend of Friday 7 July from 8pm to 5:30am Monday 10 July 2017.

The closure is to allow six steel beams, each 47 metres long and weighing approximately 45 tonnes apiece, to be lifted by crane and placed across the dual carriageway to form the backbone of a new bridge linking with the A522.

  • To allow the work to be done as quickly and as safely as possible, the A50 will be closed in both directions from 8pm on Friday, 7 July until 5.30am on Monday, 10 July.

  • The closure will be between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands.

Advance notices will be put in place by Highways England on its wider A-road and motorway network, including the M1, M6 and A38, to encourage traffic to take alternative routes and signposted diversions will be in place, suitable for all vehicles including HGVs.

The media has been notified and national radio stations will also be told nearer the time so they can include the closure in travel bulletins.

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.

  • Access to Alton Towers for visitors travelling from the east will be unaffected. Those travelling to the theme park from the west will see notices directing them to initially follow signs for Cheadle.

  • 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 already done a lot of preparation so we can plan this work into one weekend, but there will undoubtedly be some extra traffic in the area and I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding and suggest you allow extra time for your journeys.

Once the beam installation is complete work will continue to build up the embankments either side of the A50 and to construct a reinforced concrete bridge deck over the beams. Both the A50 and the A522 will be unaffected by that work.

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.

Highways England’s investment in this key highway is part of a huge £1.8 billion investment to modernise the Midlands strategic road network. This investment will help create a safer, more accessible network and keep traffic moving, while unlocking economic growth with support for new jobs and homes. Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England.

The diversion route:

PDF Document A50 diversion Route (221Kb) 

Contact details

If you have a query for us about the A50 Growth Corridor development, please e-mail us at a50growthcorridor@staffordshire.gov.uk

Or write to us at (freepost address):

FAO Lance Foxall
Business Reply Service Licence No ST1649
A50 Growth Corridor Team
Wedgwood Building
Tipping Street
ST16 2BR

Please send correspondence to Staffordshire County Council and not East Staffs Borough Council.

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