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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.

12 June 2017

You may have noticed increased activity recently at the works site. Last week, we took delivery of six steel beams, each 47 metres long and weighing approximately 45 tonnes. They will form the base for the new bridge spanning the A50.

As the date approaches for the installation of those beams across the dual carriageway I particularly want to draw your attention to two closures of the A50 in the near future. Both closures are between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands.

Overnight Closures

  1. Next week, there will be overnight closures on five consecutive nights from Monday, 19 June to Friday, 23 June on the westbound carriageway between 8pm and 5.30am. The eastbound carriageway is not affected. This is to allow a crane to lift each of the beams and attach safety equipment to be fitted prior to installation.
  2. Between 8pm on Friday, 7 July and 5.30am on Monday, 10 July the A50 will be closed in both directions to allow a crane to lift the beams for installation across the dual carriageway.

On both occasions advance notices will be put in place by Highways England on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes and signposted diversions will be in place, suitable for all vehicles including HGVs.

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.

This is a major piece of civil engineering work which will benefit the residents of Uttoxeter and improve road connections across the Midlands and I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding while this major project takes shape.

We’ve already sought to minimise any inconvenience by doing much of the preparatory work overnight and we’re making every effort to encourage ‘through traffic’ to avoid the A50 altogether, but it might be worth allowing a little extra time for local journeys on the weekend in question.

31 May 2017

The main activity in June will see work continue in preparation for the installation of the new bridge across the A50.

As mentioned in the previous update, the A50 westbound is scheduled to be closed overnight for five consecutive nights from Monday, June 5th, to Friday, June 9th to allow the delivery of six steel beams, each 47 metres long.

Once the beams are in the compound by the A50 they must be prepared for installation, which includes lifting each one by crane for safety equipment to be attached.

To minimise disruption and to keep everyone safe during a potentially dangerous operation the westbound carriageway is due to be closed again overnight from Monday, June 19th to Friday, June 23rd   inclusive.

The eastbound carriageway is not affected.

All closures will be between 8pm and 5.30am, apart from on Thursday, June 8th, when the westbound carriageway will close at 10pm.

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.

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.

County Councillor Mark Winnington said: “Traffic will be directed away from the A50 as much as possible and there will be a well signposted diversion in place for all traffic. I’d like to thank people in advance for their patience and understanding.”

Once delivery of the beams has begun there will be a 50mph temporary speed limit in place on the A50 westbound carriageway through the works area to support public and workforce safety.

The diversion route:

PDF Document A50 diversion Route 5th to 9th June (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 Stafford ST16 2BR

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

 

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 5, to Friday, June 9.

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.”

31 March 2017

Work to realign the A522 by creating 300m of new carriageway was successfully completed on the weekend of March 25th and 26th.

Realigning the road in this way creates space for the work to continue on constructing the north side embankment for the new bridge over the A50 and will reduce disruption to those who use the A522 regularly.

As well as advance publicity, signposted diversions for all vehicles were in place at the weekend, while access was maintained to Tunnicliffe Way and The Parks restaurant from the south and JCB World Parts from the north.

Work was completed ahead of schedule and in time for the Monday morning rush hour.

Darryl Eyers, Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, said: “A lot of planning was involved in preparing for this work to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“We did our best to make sure everyone knew about the work and why it was so important, and we appreciate people’s patience and understanding.”

The next phase of work will now begin, with the building up of the northern embankment by the A50. Lorries delivering the material for that will stay to A-roads only and avoid Uttoxeter as much as possible. Dust monitoring will be in place and control measures will be put in place if necessary.

March 2017

Looking ahead, the main news is that part of the A522 will be closed for a weekend in March to allow for the integration of 300m of new carriageway.

The slight realignment of the A522 creates space for the work to begin on constructing the north side embankment of the new junction and bridge over the A50. It also allows traffic to continue to flow freely on the A522 while that work takes place.

A552 closure - Friday 24 March

The intention is for the A522 to be closed completely from 8pm on Friday, March 24 to 5am on Monday, March 27, between the junction of Tunnicliffe Way and the main entrance to JCB World Parts.

Access to Tunnicliffe Way and The Parks restaurant from the south of the A50 will be maintained at all times, as will access to JCB World Parts from the A522 from the north.

Diversions will be signposted. Information will be publicised through newspapers, radio and social media, both several weeks in advance and just before the event.

Incidentally, the work has been timed to avoid the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter racecourse, which is being staged the previous weekend, on March 18th.

30mph speed limit

When the road reopens there will be additional 30mph signs, periodic speed camera enforcement and an electronic vehicle-activated sign in place to highlight that the current alignment has changed. The temporary 30mph speed limit will be enforced though the roadworks.

Additional off-peak closures

In other news, occasional off-peak closures of 800m of single lane on the eastbound carriageway will continue over the next couple of months.

Recent closures have allowed sheet piles used for an earlier phase of the bridge construction to be removed and the installation of temporary scaffolding and formwork to prepare for the construction of the north abutment wall of the new bridge spanning the A50.

Deliveries

Bulk fill deliveries to the north embankment began last month and will continue into the summer. Lorries will stay to A-roads and avoid Uttoxeter as much as possible.

Dust monitoring will be in place and control measures will be put in place if necessary.

January 2017

We’re pleased to say that last month’s closure of the A522 for the installation of ducting for new electricity cables and both water and gas mains was a success and the work finished a day ahead of schedule.

The work is all part of the process of realigning the A522 north of the A50 so that traffic using the A522 can flow freely while the embankments and supports are created for the new bridge over the A50.

The realignment should be ready in March. When the final work takes place to link the new stretch of carriageway to the existing A522, the A522 will be closed completely between the A50 overbridge and JCB World Parts entrance (JCB access is maintained from the north) for the weekend. The date is still to be confirmed – and will be widely publicised when it is - but it is expected to be either the weekend of the 4th and 5th March, or the 11th and 12th March. It will definitely not be the weekend of the 18th and 19th, when the Midlands Grand National takes place at Uttoxeter racecourse.

As usual, diversions will be signposted.

Also, beginning this month, a single lane will be closed, off-peak, for approximately 800 metres, between 9.15am and 3pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 9.15am to 2pm on Fridays between January 9th and February 28th. The eastbound exit slip road to the A522 will be closed during those times. There will be no closures at weekends.

A short diversion will be signposted and traffic can still join the A50 eastbound at that junction.

This is so sheet piles used for an earlier phase of the bridge construction can be removed and temporary scaffolding and formwork can be installed to prepare for the construction of the north abutment wall of the new bridge spanning the A50.

Bulk fill deliveries to the north embankment will also begin in mid-January continuing into the summer. Lorries will stay to A-roads and avoid Uttoxeter as much as possible. Dust monitoring will be in place and control measures will be put in place if necessary.

December 2016

In early January an 800m stretch of lane 1 on the A50 will need to be closed, including the exit slip road.

Expected dates for the closure are from 9th January until 28th February, but these are subject to confirmation in the New Year.

The closure is needed to allow the safe removal of sheet piles and installation of scaffolding and shutters ready for work on the north abutment of the proposed overbridge.

The lane will be closed between the Pigeonhay Lane overbridge and the A522 junction on the eastbound section of the A50.

To minimise disruption any closures will take place during off-peak periods:

  • Monday to Thursday 09.15hrs to 15.00hrs
  • Friday 09.15 to 14.00 hrs
  • Weekends no closure

Traffic management and a diversion will be in place:

PDF Document A50 January to February diversion route (274Kb)

Drivers will need to continue on to the B5030 Roundabout before returning westbound and taking the Shell Garage exit slip road.

November 2016

Next month, utilities along the existing A522 will be relocated in preparation for the realignment of the A522 and the construction of a new bridge to carry the A522 over the A50.  Unfortunately the road is not wide enough to remain open to traffic while this work is carried out. 

A short section of the A522 will need to be closed just north of the A50 for up to five days, from Monday 12 December until Friday 16 December to allow the teams to carry out this task safely.

We have identified a diversion route along similar roads to the closed section. The chosen diversion is the only acceptable route as it has to be suitable for all traffic, including HGVs. This route will be clearly signed.

There will be little impact on vehicles travelling south on the A522 towards Uttoxeter: they will be diverted onto the A50 just past JCB World Parts for a short distance to the B5030 roundabout where they can then proceed into the town.  

Any vehicles travelling east along the A50 towards JCB World Parts will be able to exit the road on the slip road onto the A522 as normal.

The diversion for vehicles travelling north-west on the A522 is along the A50 towards Blythe Bridge, onto the A521 then back east along the A522.  Only vehicles going to JCB World Parts and Beamhurst will travel all or most of the full diversion.  Vehicles travelling to Draycott, Tean, Checkley and Fole will not travel the full diversion route.

October 2016

It’s a busy time as A50 Uttoxeter Growth Corridor Project A construction work continues, with the focus on keeping inconvenience for the public to a minimum.

Two sets of roadworks are planned this month, but both are scheduled outside peak time to reduce congestion.

A single lane closure will be in place eastbound for almost all of October, west of the McDonald’s roundabout to improve safety during the insertion of piles into the ground. It will operate between 9.15am and 3pm Mondays to Thursdays, and 9.15am and 2pm on Fridays. The eastbound exit slip road to the A522 will also be closed during those times. There will be a short diversion route signposted. There are no roadworks at the weekend.

The other work takes place on October between1am and 4am on Wednesday 12th for the removal of 11,000 volts overhead power lines crossing the carriageway. The A50 will be closed completely in both directions between the roundabout with the B5030 at Uttoxeter and the roundabout with A521 near Blythe Bridge. Diversion signs will be in place on the night, directing traffic to the A51, A34 and A500. If necessary the closure will be repeated at the same time on Thursday the 13th.

Piling work begins this month to prepare the foundations for the new bridge. Delivery for the embankment material continues, as does regular checking of the dust monitors around the site, which show no cause for concern.

Finally, a specialist engineering technique begins in October, which involves drilling new utilities pipes and cables under the dual carriageway. This will last five weeks and not affect A50 traffic at all.

August 2016

A slip road on the A50 is being closed overnight for the installation of safety barriers.

The closure lasts from Monday, August 15, to Friday, August 19, inclusive, between 7pm and 5am, and has been timed to minimise inconvenience to the public.

The exit slip road from the eastbound A50 on to the A522, just east of the JCB World Parts Centre, will be closed between those times, but the access road at that junction will remain open. A diversion will be signposted.

The eastbound dual carriageway will also have one lane closed overnight in that area from the Pigeonhay Lane bridge to almost opposite the Shell garage.

The previous week the westbound carriageway also had one lane closed between 7pm and 5am, from 200 yards west of the McDonald’s roundabout to the Pigeonhay Lane bridge. Access to the A522 and the Shell garage was not restricted.

The lane closures are to allow the installation of safety barriers for engineers working beyond the hard shoulders of the dual carriageway on preparations for the new bridge and junction.

Lorries have begun arriving with deliveries of foundation material for use in the embankments on either side of the dual carriageway. Construction traffic is restricted to weekdays and is asked to bypass Uttoxeter as much as possible. Strict dust controls are also in place and unloading will be suspended if the wind is too strong.

July 2016

Controls put in place to protect residents

Material will begin arriving soon to be used in the foundations of the embankments which will support the new bridge across the A50.

Construction traffic will bypass Uttoxeter as much as possible and will not use New Road between The Three Tuns public house and the Shell garage, while no deliveries will take place at weekends.

At the same time a strict system of dust control will be in place, including routine visual inspections. There will be a damping down operation in place on the site, all lorries will have their wheels washed before leaving and unloading will be suspended if the wind is too strong.

On top of those measures, dust gauges will be installed in all directions around the site so we can regularly assess the effectiveness of the on-site controls.

Preparations are also underway at the moment to build a new 300m stretch of the A522, north of the A50, which will let us keep traffic flowing on the A522 while the embankment north of the A50 is completed.

Throughout the summer, the A50 will be largely unaffected, with only occasional night time closures of the nearside lanes. These will be listed on the Staffordshire County Council A50 Growth Corridor website when specific dates are confirmed.

Other overnight road works being carried out on the A50 are separate to this project and the responsibility of ‘Balfour Beatty Connect’. Please direct any enquiries about those to the Connect Roads website.

June 2016

In the last couple of weeks you may have noticed increased activity around the A522. We are preparing to build a 300 metre stretch to replace part of the existing road, which will let us keep traffic flowing on the A522 while the embankment north of the A50 is completed.

During construction of the new part of the A522, which will take several months, there will be temporary traffic lights. These will not be there all the time, only when necessary, and will be manually controlled at peak times to give priority to prevailing traffic flows.

Other work being done during these early stages includes new drainage work and importing material for the base layers of the new embankments north and south of the A50. Construction traffic will be kept off New Road between The Three Tuns public house and the Shell garage.

Throughout the summer, the A50 will be largely unaffected, with only occasional night time closures of the nearside lanes. These will be listed on the Staffordshire County Council A50 Growth Corridor website when specific dates are confirmed.

Other overnight road works being carried out on the A50 are separate to this project and the responsibility of ‘Balfour Beatty Connect’. Please direct any enquiries about those to the Connect Roads website.

May 2016

After successful completion of the preparatory stages, the next phase of work will begin in mid-June.

The A50 will be largely unaffected at this stage with only occasional night time closures of the nearside lanes.

The initial focus will be north of the A50. A new stretch of the A522, approximately 300 metres long, will be built north of the current road. When that stretch opens in the New Year, it will keep traffic flowing on the A522 while the embankment north of the A50 is completed and utilities diverted.

During construction of the new part of the A522 there will be temporary traffic lights. These will not be there all the time, only when necessary, and will be manually controlled at peak times to give priority to prevailing traffic flows. 

April 2016

Preparatory work has been continuing apace in recent weeks and overnight lane closures on the A50 to allow the surveying of drains and clearance work were completed safely and successfully.

At the same time we have cleared land north of the A50 for the site compound, erected fencing and laid down an access road from the A522 for the compound. Temporary utility supplies are currently being installed in the compound area.

BT has also completed cabling realignment works alongside the A522, south of the A50. All businesses were consulted with minimal disruption.

March 2016

Traffic management has begun on the A50 as part of 'Project A' .

One lane on both the eastbound and westbound carriageways will be closed at night as scheduled below.

These night time closures will allow our teams to survey the drains and continue some of the clearance work in safety:

March single lane night closures:

    • Eastbound closed on  17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 29th, 30th, 31st.                                    
    • Westbound closed on 21st, 22nd, 29th, 30th, 31st.

April single lane night closures:

    • Eastbound closed on 4th.                                    
    • Westbound closed on 4th.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

The main contract work is scheduled to start in late Spring.

Other road works

Please be aware that there are other road works taking place on the A50 being carried out by 'Balfour Beatty Connect'. These are separate from the 'Uttoxeter Growth Corridor Project A' works and are not under the county council's control. Any enquiries should be made direct through the Connect Roads website.

Secretary of State for Transport drops in

The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, met engineers on site of the A50 scheme in Uttoxeter. He came to see how the investment will help improve links between the East and West Midlands and deliver better journeys for the 37,000 motorists who use the road daily.

He said: “We are investing in the A50 to support jobs and help the economy to grow, but it will also hugely improve links between the East and West Midlands.

“It is fantastic to see this scheme now underway and I am delighted our investment will ensure faster, more reliable journeys and lay the ground for thousands of new jobs and houses for the people of Staffordshire.”

February 2016

Clearance of the site is progressing well, as we continue to fell trees and remove hedgerows. Ecologists survey all the areas where clearances are planned before any work starts. This fully complies with the legislation which protects nesting birds, and we will only work within the legally permitted time period before the nesting season.

This work will continue until the end of February.

Some clearance work is currently happening near The Parks Restaurant car park. We’re happy to say that all businesses are open as usual, and we have put up signs to confirm this.

Here’s a reminder of the immediate schedule:

February into March 2016

    • Traffic management will start on the A50. Lane one will be closed occasionally, with both day time off-peak or night time closures to allow our teams to survey the drains in safety.
    • Installation of site fencing is on schedule and will be complete by 23rd March.
    • The access road to the site compound north of the A50, is being built.

March 2016

    • The site compound will be installed ready for when the main contract work starts in spring.

April

    • BT will lower existing ducts and cables adjacent to the A522. This will need temporary traffic signals which will be manually controlled at peak periods.

The main contract work is scheduled to start in Spring.

January 2016

If you came along to our public information event in December, thank you. We were extremely pleased with the turn out. Over 400 local people took time out of their day to visit the exhibition, ask questions and leave feedback.

As we move into the New Year, here are the next steps for 'Project A'.

Week commencing 11 January 2016

    • Site clearance works start within the limits of the project until the end of February. This will include the removal of trees, hedgerows and the treatment and removal of a knotweed area in accordance with national legislation.
    • The site clearance work will be monitored by ecologists.
    • Archaeological trial holes and survey works are also planned in January.
    • New boundary fencing, including post and timber fencing and stock proof fencing, will commence on 11 January and run until the 23 March.

February 2016

    • For public and workforce safety, lane one of the A50 will be occasionally closed to traffic at off-peak times during the day. These closures will happen wherever access is needed for site clearance and drainage surveys, and will continue as required for      three weeks. 

February/March 2016

    • The A50 Project A site office compound will be installed, north of the A50 adjacent      to the A522.
    • Work will start next to the A522 on the north side of the A50 to relocate BT cables and ducts. This work will require some temporary traffic signals which will be manually monitored at busy times

November 2015

On Wednesday 9 December from 11am until 8pm we will be holding an informal drop-in event in Uttoxeter Town Hall to update residents with the latest news from the project's partners.

This event will be a great opportunity for you to see what will happen when work starts on 'Project A' in the New Year and to ask the team any questions.

If you think this events will be relevant you your colleagues, friends and family, please share the details.

July 2015

Following the granting of planning permission the county council has been carrying out more detailed planning, costings and land acquisitions.

While these processes are still ongoing it is expected work on Project A will now start in early 2016 and last for 2 years.

Further consultation take place on Project B at a later date.

November 2014

Proposals for Project A have now been formally approved. The application was supported by Staffordshire County Council’s Planning Committee on November 6. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government agreed the decision on the application was a matter for the local authority.

Work on the scheme is now expected to begin in the spring and will take approximately a year to complete.

September 2014

Project A: The County Council has requested additional information from the Project Team to inform the planning application decision process. This additional information can be viewed online within the application documents and relates to new reports on ecology matters. The expected date for the planning application to be decided is now 6 November 2014.

In addition, the Project Team is seeking to acquire some third party land, upon which to construct the highway works. The process of acquiring this land has started, with negotiations ongoing to acquire the land and rights required. However, at the same time the County Council has made a Compulsory Purchase Order covering all the lands to be acquired, to ensure that any land that cannot be acquired by agreement can be acquired compulsorily. In addition, the County Council has completed a procurement process via the Midlands Highways Alliance and appointed a joint venture between Carillion and LaFarge Tarmac to be the construction partner for the civil engineering works. The Project Team is now working with the contractor to develop the construction plans in accordance with the agreed design. Construction of Project A will be commissioned as soon as the relevant third party land has been acquired. This is expected to be in Spring 2015, with the build time estimated to be 9 to 12 months.

Project B: Whilst an early indicative design for Project B was previewed during the Project A public consultation, the preferred design option has not yet been selected. To inform this decision, the Project Team commissioned a detailed traffic model of the town, which was completed in September 2014. Work has now started on producing an options appraisal for Project B, which will be subject to an extensive public consultation exercise in early 2015. Once a design option has been selected, a planning application will be submitted and the process of land acquisition started.

June 2014

The planning application for Project A has been submitted to construct a new grade separated junction on the A50(T), including associated link roads to the A522, the demolition of an overbridge and associated landscaping.

The application (ES.14/11), which is accompanied by an Environmental Statement (ES), is now valid and the documents have been published.

The ES contains a series of technical documents and a ‘Non-Technical Summary’ is provided. The application documents are also available for public inspection at the Staffordshire County Council Offices, No.1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford and can be accessed via the internet at any library.

Consultation, publicity and notification of the application will be commence very shortly and we will provide updates here from time to time.

May 2014

In response to the public consultation, the design for Project A has been further refined. Key changes are:

The southern access road to the grade-separated junction has been realigned to enable the retention of the majority of The Parks restaurant site.

  • The impact of changes to traffic patterns from Project A on New Road is to be assessed and mitigated where appropriate/feasible.
  • Enhanced cycle and footpath links have been incorporated.

The design for Project B continues to be developed and comments received on this second project during the initial consultation will be analysed and incorporated into the emerging designs. These will be issued in advance of the public consultation for Project B.

It should be noted that the County Council has commissioned a traffic model of Uttoxeter Town in order that the impact of Project B on the local road network can be fully understood. Design change options are currently focused on options to mitigate the closure of the A50/B5030 (‘McDonalds’) and A50/Derby Road roundabouts on access to the town.

Also under consideration is a bridge for pedestrian and cycle use in the vicinity of the A50/B5030 crossing (‘McDonalds’ roundabout’).

March 2014

Feedback on the public consultation: This consultation ran from the 24th February until 10th March 2014 and focused primarily on proposals for Project A.

The public consultation for Project A was well attended by residents and businesses in Uttoxeter, the majority of which expressed their support for the project. In total, 730 members of the public, stakeholder and businesses attended one of the consultation events, with 350 other individuals providing feedback via a survey form or by providing written comments:

  • 79% of survey respondents agreed that traffic congestion along the A50 in Uttoxeter was a problem and action is needed to mitigate this.
  • 66% of respondents agreed that a new grade-separated junction near the A50 west of Uttoxeter is needed to support new business, job creation and housing development.
  • 56% of respondents agreed that a new grade-separated junction and changes to the road layout in the east of Uttoxeter will reduce travel times along the A50 and benefit local businesses and motorists.
  • 60% of respondents agreed that the A50 Growth Corridor will encourage economic growth and job creation within Staffordshire.

Full details of the public consultation are available in the report submitted with the planning application.

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