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New stretch of road to help drivers

Work to create a new 300-metre stretch of the A522 begins this month, as part of the A50 Growth Corridor project.

Throughout this phase of work, the A50 itself will be largely unaffected, with only occasional night-time lane closures planned.

The new stretch of A522, just north of the existing carriageway, will help keep traffic flowing during roadworks on the A50 in the New Year.

The Uttoxeter Growth Corridor Project A is being delivered by Staffordshire County Council on behalf of Highways England, and aims to greatly improve journeys on the A50, a key route between the East and West Midlands.

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, said:

This is the next step in a huge project to unlock economic growth by supporting extra housing and a new business park, while generally improving accessibility and safety.

During the construction of the new part of the A522 there will be temporary traffic lights, but these will not be there all the time, only when necessary, and will be manually controlled at peak times to give priority to prevailing traffic flows.”

When the new stretch opens in the New Year, it will keep traffic flowing on the A522 while the embankments north and south of the A50 are completed and utilities diverted.

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.

The materials required to build the new embankments on either side of the A50 will start arriving on site in August. Construction traffic will be kept off New Road, between The Three Tuns public house and the Shell garage. Deliveries will be via the A50, and measures will be in place to keep the road clean and any dust in the area to a minimum.

Once completed, a new multi-level junction on the A50, to the west of Uttoxeter, will provide improved access to a new housing and employment site to the south, and the new and existing JCB factories to the north of the A50.