Highways England: Have your say on £17.5 million plans for A500
Highways England will hold three public exhibitions this month
Drivers, residents and businesses are being invited to find out more about £17.5 million plans to widen the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent.
Highways England will hold three public exhibitions this month where it will be unveiling proposals to add an extra lane to the D-road between Porthill and Wolstanton.
It will also see a 50mph limit brought in on the stretch – which is currently subject to the national speed limit – to improve safety and traffic flow and bring it in line with other sections of the dual carrigeway.
The work will also see:
- A new pedestrian and cycle path constructed along the northbound carriageway;
- New safety barriers put in;
- The existing steel central reservation fence replaced with a concrete barrier to reduce the need for future maintenance;
- Upgraded signs installed;
- Drainage improved;
- Lighting replaced and;
Work has already started on vegetation clearance with main work set to begin this month (March) after the start date was brought forward from spring 2020.
Mike Hillier, Highways England senior project manager, said: “The A500 connects the M6, A50, Nantwich, Crewe and other Cheshire towns with the city of Stoke-on-Trent. It carries thousands of vehicles a day through the city for business and leisure.
“Over time, the number of vehicles using the A500 has increased, leading to an increase in collisions, congestion and delays.
“These exhibitions offer an insight into how we plan to tackle congestion on one of the busiest roads in Stoke-on-Trent.
“We’re really keen to hear from members of the public, motorists that use the road and businesses in the area to see what they think about our plans. We look forward to meeting those that come along to the exhibition.”
The work, scheduled to take around 18 months to complete, will take place at the same time as the £40 million Etruria link road project, which will connect Wolstanton junction to Festival Park.
The consultation events take place at:
- Bradwell Lodge Community Centre, in Bradwell Lane, Porthill, on March 12 between 3pm to 7.30pm;
- Middleport Medical Centre, in Newport Lane, on March 13 between 9.30am to 4.30pm;
- Wolstanton Retail Park on March 16 between 10am to 2pm.
Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “Anyone who travels on this section of the A500 will know just how busy it gets, particularly at peak times in the morning and evening. Stoke-on-Trent is a fast growing and developing city and it’s imperative we have a transport network that matches our high aspirations.
“The work to widen the A500 by Highways England will improve traffic flow, which is good news for residents, commuters and businesses. We will be working closely with Highways England to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum during the works.
“Alongside this work, we are hoping to start the development of our Etruria Valley Link Road scheme later this year, which will create a new route into the city centre and support business by opening up acres of brownfield development land.”
Currently the stretch leading up to the Basford roundabout from Junction 15 of the M6 is 50 mph with a national speed limit from Wolstanton towards Cheshire. In the current 50mph area around the A50 junction, police have been staging regular speed operations with hundreds falling foul and ignoring the limit.
To find out more about the scheme, head online to the website.