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A50 Growth Corridor update: November 2016
As you will be aware, Staffordshire County Council is carrying out a major junction improvement project on the A50 at Uttoxeter on behalf of Highways England.
The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands and the junction improvements, when complete, will help create a safer, more accessible network and keep traffic moving, while unlocking economic growth with support for new jobs and homes. The project involves realigning the A522 and the construction of a new bridge to carry the A522 over the A50.
Next month, utilities along the existing A522 will be relocated in preparation for the realignment. Unfortunately the road is not wide enough to remain open to traffic while the work is carried out. Therefore 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 are required to identify 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. The 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.
The project to upgrade the A50 was announced at the end of 2013 as part of the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan. The Highways England investment is part of a £1.8 billion investment to modernise the Midlands strategic road network. The opening of the realigned A522 is on schedule for early 2017.
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.
We will continue to update you as the project progresses.
Cllr. Mark Winnington
Cabinet Member for Economic Growth
Best Kept Village 2016
Thank you John and Pauline Jilbert, Sam Bailey and all residents who help to keep Denstone looking so lovely, not just for the Best Kept Village judging but throughout the year. I must also thank All Saints School for the wonderful posters they produce for the Best Kept Village and Bob Wright for putting these up throughout the village.
This year we were awarded a Highly Commended in our category with Bramshall coming first, Hoar Cross second and Kingstone third. I don’t have the judges’ comments as yet but will post these on-line and on the noticeboard in the Village once received.
Chair of Denstone Parish Council
The Neighbourhood Watch page is now entitled “Neighbourhood Watch and Police” and includes links to two relevant Web sites that you may find useful:
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Staffordshire
Important News from Neighbourhood Watch
Each household in the parish should have received an information sheet with the Parish Newsletter, explaining how to get a SmartWater kit at a low price, provided that you are (or become) a member of the local Neighbourhood Watch. Please contact Bob Crompton of Neighbourhood Watch if you have any queries or didn’t get your info sheet.
Please click the links below for details of the local “Smart Water Initiative”:
Download the NHW Bulletin regarding “Smart Water” (May 2012)
Download the NHW Newsletter (Issue 1 - April 2012)