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Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening?

On July 7 2014 the Government announced funding for the Stafford Western Access Route project as part of a £82.2 million growth deal for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. As part of this, funding has been allocated for the Stafford Western Access Route.

A new road connecting the A518 Newport Road via Martin Drive, Castlefields to the A34 Foregate Street, along with a range of sustainable transport measures.

When will the work start?

The proposed start date is early 2019.

Why are the improvements needed?

A public consultation into the Stafford Western Access Route was carried out in December 2009 and was backed by the majority of respondents. The project was postponed by the Government in 2010 as it reviewed its spending priorities.

Stafford has been labelled as a 'Growth Point' for the West Midlands. The town's economy and population is set to grow due to housing, business and retail development, as well as becoming a military garrison town.

The road is being constructed to relieve the predicted congestion from this growth.

What changes are being made?

The proposed scheme would be carried out in three phases

  • Section A: A34 Foregate Street to Timberfields Road/Doxey Road Junction (approximately 700 metres)

  • Section B: Along Doxey Road from Timberfields Road up to and including Doxey Road Railway Bridge (approximately 160m)

  • Section C: Doxey Road (west of the Railway Bridge) to Martin Drive, Castlefields (approximately 320 metres)

Why have you chosen this route?

During a public consultation in 2009 we explored four possible routes and this was the preferred option. This design will result in the least impact on Stafford during the construction phase, will benefit local residents and has the least impact on the environment.

What will the A34 Foregate Street junction look like?

Our experienced engineers have reviewed many options to improve this junction as part of the scheme design. The balance of cost, available land and functionality have been considered which has resulted in the development of the current layout.

The scheme will carry out improvements to the existing signalised junction and, together with improvements at Browning Street, will reduce congestion. Pedestrian facilities will be improved while providing access to the businesses at Greyfriars Place.

Why do you need to change Browning Street junction?

To reduce congestion while improving the efficiency of the highway network, it is essential to carry out modifications to Browning Street junction to compliment the upgrade work required at A34 Foregate Street junction.

How will the scheme deal with flooding?

The new road will be on viaduct (similar to the A34 Queensway) through Pans Drive, as part of the design development our engineers will review flood plain modelling information to determine the clearance required.

What is the proposed green space in front of Doxey Service road?

The area of land in front of Doxey Service Road will be planted to screen the new road from the fronting properties at Castletown. The proposals are indicated on the drawing linked to below:

PDF Document Planning - Enhanced general arrangement (1.9 MB)

What impact will it have on Doxey Marshes?

Of course with any major scheme extensive environmental assessment reports are being carried out as part of the planning application process. This preferred option skirts the very edge of the marsh and to compensate for this we plan to reinstate a currently destroyed piece of the marshland.

We will also plan to create a visitors’ recreation area for people to come and enjoy the marshes more.

How much will it cost?

It is estimated that the costs of delivering the scheme, which will be completed in phases will be around £35 million and the extra costs will be shared between partners and developers.

The benefits of investment in the access road will:

  • Support the economic growth of the town,
  • Help ease congestion through the town centre,
  • Support the development of much needed new homes,
  • Improve road safety and reduce journey times,
  • Reduce congestion around Stafford station and Chell Road,
  • Assist in providing improved sustainable transport measures on Chell Road.

What will be the impact on people living close to the proposed route?

We have chosen a design which will have the least impact on communities and in fact residents living closest to part of the route will see the road moved further away from the frontages of their homes.

If the planning application is approved, the county council will publicise details of how and when the improvements will be carried out. As always our experienced major projects team will manage traffic to help keep disruption to an absolute minimum during the construction stages.

What happens next?

We are finalising the design of the scheme and residents will be able to see the scheme in more detail at two drop-in information events planned for the autumn.

Where can I find out more?

You can find out more by contacting the project team at staffordwestern.accessroute@staffordshire.gov.uk

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