A50 Updates

A50 Growth Corridor update: October 2017


I’m pleased to say that all the material needed to build the embankments has now been delivered. Although the delivery vehicles were routed to arrive and leave via the A50, avoiding the town, now there will be significantly fewer journeys to and from the construction site every week.

Also recently complete is the work to cast the reinforced concrete deck on the new bridge spanning the A50.

The next step will be to remove specialist safety equipment from the new bridge, which was attached before it was lifted into place by crane in July. The safety equipment allowed a great deal of work to be done without affecting the dual carriageway below.

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, part of the A50 will be closed one-way for five nights next week. On October 23 and 24, the A50 will be closed westbound, along with the outside lane of the eastbound carriageway. On October 25, 26 and 27, the A50 will be closed eastbound, along with the outside lane of the westbound carriageway.

The closures will be from 8pm until 5.30am and happen between the A521 roundabout at Blythe Bridge and the B5030 roundabout at Uttoxeter, where McDonald’s stands.

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.

I’d like to thank everybody for their patience and understanding while the work is done.

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