A50 Updates

A50 Growth Corridor update: April 2017

Despite the recent poor weather, we remain on schedule to complete the work later this year. Surfacing of the new slip roads and three roundabouts has been completed recently and the next main piece of work will take place in June. This is when we will integrate the new slip roads on and off the A50 into the existing dual carriageway. To do this as safely and quickly as possible, while keeping inconvenience to the public to a minimum, there will be a series of overnight closures between the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter and the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge:

Wednesday, 13 June from 8pm to 5.30am
Westbound carriageway closed. Eastbound carriageway open as usual.

Thursday, 14 June from 8pm to 5.30am
Eastbound carriageway closed. Westbound carriageway open as usual.

Friday, 15 June from 8pm to 5.30am
Carriageway closed in both directions.

Saturday, 16 June from 5.30am to 8pm
Inside lanes of both carriageways will remain closed.

Saturday, 16 June from 8pm to 5.30am
Carriageway closed in both directions.

Sunday, 17 June from 8pm to 5.30am
Carriageway closed in both directions.


The closures have been scheduled so that on Thursday, June 14 traffic heading towards Stoke-on-Trent will be able to get away from the popular Ladies’ Night event at Uttoxeter racecourse without any difficulty. The dates of this work may change due to weather conditions and we will notify you if that is necessary.

During the closures, we will put a fully signed diversion route in place, suitable for all vehicles, including HGVs. Highways England will put advance notices warning of the closures on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes on the nights of the closures.

Traffic heading east 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 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 and then on to the A500. The route is reversed from the west.

The Shell petrol station, which stands on the westbound carriageway a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout, will remain open as normal and access will be maintained via the A522.
We would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience.


Re Carillion Collapse


In light of the news about Carillion, we thought it would be helpful to explain its connection to Project A and offer reassurance, if needed, that the project will continue on schedule.

Carillion’s collapse is terrible news for its employees, and worrying too for others indirectly affected by it. All those affected have our sympathy.

Project A is being delivered by Staffordshire County Council, on behalf of Highways England, to support business and unlock land for new housing and economic growth. It involves building a new bridge across the A50, building three new roundabouts, new slip roads, link roads and removing the old bridge. Highways England has been monitoring the situation for some time and has developed contingency plans to ensure the continued safe delivery of any schemes that Carillion is involved in.

Carillion’s involvement is as part of a Joint Venture partnership, with Tarmac, which manages the work on site at Uttoxeter.

We’ve had several detailed conversations with the Joint Venture to understand the situation and the clear intention is that work will continue as planned on this important project. For instance, the overnight carriageway closures mentioned in the previous newsletter are still scheduled for the end of this month.

We will update you again in due course, but please contact us in the meantime if you have any concerns.


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.

Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England.

We will continue to update you as the project progresses.

Mail the A50 Growth Corridor Team at a50growthcorridor@staffordshire.gov.uk

Visit the A50 Growth corridor web page at https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/transport/staffshighways/roadworks/schemeinfo/eaststaffs/A50-Growth-Corridor/A50-Growth-Corridor.aspx