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Stafford Western Access Route

Our Major Projects team are developing plans to construct the Stafford Western Access Route.

The new road will provide a strategic link between the north and west of the town. The route will connect A34 Foregate Street at the Madford Retail Park junction with A518 Newport via the existing Martin Drive and Kingsway: 

  • The existing traffic signals junction at A34 Madford Retail Park will be upgraded to provide additional lanes and the route will pass between the Lidl and Tenpin buildings before crossing the River Sow and Doxey Road car park on a low viaduct.

  • The route will connect into a new enlarged roundabout to replace the existing mini-roundabout access to the Doxey Road car park.

  • The section of Doxey Road that is fronted by the Castletown properties will be re-aligned to provide a buffer between the residents and the new road. The existing road will remain as a service access to these properties.

  • The section of Doxey Road between Timberfields Road and the West Coast Main Line bridge will be re-aligned to improve the approach to the railway bridge.

  • A new section of road will be constructed between the West Coast Main Line bridge and the Martin Drive/ Rose Hill roundabout on the existing Castlefields estate. 

The estimated cost of construction is £30m.

PDF Document Map of the chosen route (229 KB)

PDF Document Western access improvement leaflet (329 KB)

PDF Document SWAR planning 05 - enhanced general arrangement (960 KB) 


The county council submitted a planning application for the Stafford Western Access Route and you can review the information on the Staffordshire planning web pages.

Funding for the scheme was announced by the Government in summer 2014 as part of an £82 million growth deal for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

A public exhibition which detailed the plans was held in Stafford in October and November 2014.

If approved, the preferred route will connect A518 Newport Road with A34 Foregate Street, removing traffic from congested town centre roads, benefiting business and allowing better access to new housing.

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Environment and Transport, said:

“The Growth Deal will not only help boost our economy further but will help deliver better jobs and prospects for local people across the county.

“Here in Stafford, the investment in this relief road is long overdue and to get the funding confirmed in the summer was great news for everyone who lives, works and visits the county town."

Business Case

The latest version of the business case, along with a PDF Document detailed techincal drawing (1.9 MB) of the proposed scheme and accompanying documents are available.

When are the works taking place?

The proposed start date is early 2019.

When will the works be completed?

The works will be completed in Spring 2021.

Will I be able to access my home/business? 

Yes, although there may be occasions when access will be restricted due to the construction works but we will give you advance warning of any works that will directly affect you and accommodate individual requirements.

What effect could the works have on me?

There may be delays to travelling traffic during the construction phase but once complete, the new road will help alleviate congestion in and around Stafford town centre.

Noise and dust may cause a nuisance to local residents during the works but we will employ industry best practice techniques to mitigate this.

How you can help us

You can help us to get the job done with the minimum of fuss by following this advice:

  • Please keep children away from the works to ensure their safety.
  • Please drive appropriately through the works.
  • Check your shoes before entering your property or car to make sure there is no bitumen from the works.   

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