Work set to start on major and long-awaited link road for Stafford

Written by on May 29, 2019

Main work on a long-awaited link road in Stafford will begin in the coming weeks- and is expected to last for more than two years.

The Stafford Western Access Route will link the A518 at Newport Road with the A34 at Foregate Street.

Staffordshire County Council announced in 2010 that there would be a bid for Government funding for the project. It said that the route would remove traffic from congested town centre roads, benefiting business and allowing better access to new housing to the west of Stafford.

The road is expected to improve traffic flow in Gaol Square, Newport Road east of Kingsway, Station Road, Chell Road, A34 Foregate Street south of the scheme and Doxey Road.

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership secured £16.1million through the Government’s Local Growth Fund and developers are also providing funding.

Now the main works for the route are due to begin in July and last until September 2021. Amey Highways will be carrying out the work on behalf of the county council and LEP.

 
The new single carriageway route will be 750 yards (1.2km) long. The scheme is also set to include a 3m shared footway and cycleway; traffic signal-controlled junctions at Foregate Street and Madford Retail Park; a new viaduct and embankment between Greyfriars Place and Doxey Road crossing the River Sow; and roundabouts along Doxey Road, near Doxey Road Car Park and Saint Gobain.

Residents and businesses can find out more about the scheme at a public information event being held at Conservative Association in Castle Street, Stafford, on Monday June 3 between 2pm and 7pm.

An image of what the Stafford Western Access Route is set to look like from above. Image courtesy of Staffordshire County Council (Image: Copyright Unknown)
A letter sent to residents and businesses said: “To undertake the works safely there will be a variety of traffic management measures used, including road closures, traffic signal control, give and take, lane closures along A34 and pedestrian diversion routes, all of which will be advised as the works progress.

“Initial construction works include the installation of approximately 1,580 piles to allow for the construction of the viaduct foundations between Greyfriars Place and Doxey Road from July 2019 until January 2020. Inevitably there will be some noise and vibration coming from the site.

“We have been working closely with the contractor and Stafford Borough Council’s environmental health team to ensure the noise and vibration is kept to a minimum.

“The scheme, by its nature, is large and complex and cannot be carried out without causing disruption to traffic. However, our contractor Amey Highways will work hard to ensure delays are kept to a minimum and access is maintained to properties and businesses.

“Although every endeavour will be made to minimise disturbance, we apologise for any inconvenience caused to the public during this period.”

 
Speaking at Thursday’s full county council meeting, Stafford West member Carolyn Trowbridge said: “The Stafford Western Access Route is really needed to deliver growth in this area. Is everything in place for it to start in July and do we have contingency in place to get the job finished?

“The work on the smart motorway at Junction 13 and 14 is going to cause considerable disruption on the roads on the roads in Stafford. I want reassurance for the people of Stafford the access project will run as smoothly as possible.”

Councillor Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, responded: “Comparing it with Junction 13 I would say there is a major difference; the county council will be doing the Stafford Western Access Route and Highways England are doing Junction 13.”

Speaking after the meeting he added: “The Stafford Western Access Route is an essential part of Stafford’s ambitious growth plans. It will enable future development contained in the borough’s local plan – notably the delivery of thousands of new homes and business, office and retail space. It will also reduce congestion in the town centre, particularly around the railway station.

“We’re now looking forward to construction work getting under way in the summer and hope people will come along to the public information day on Monday June 3 to find out more about the scheme.”

 


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