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Consultation starts on major new road for Etruria Valley and A500 upgrade

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 12:56pm

Councillor Jack Brereton - cabinet member for regeneration and transport and David Frost - Chairman of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Residents and businesses are being invited to find out more about plans to create a new road into Stoke-on-Trent’s city centre and upgrade part of the A500.

The first phase of works would involve a £40 million project to create a new link road between the A500 and the city centre through the Etruria Valley site.

This involves:

  • Building a new road from the Wolstanton junction of the A500 to Festival Way in Etruria Valley, including bridges and a roundabout;
  • Improving the two roundabouts at the Wolstanton junction;
  • An extension to Shelton Boulevard;
  • Replacing the canal bridge at Newport Lane and connecting Newport Lane to the new link road.

Highways England is also planning widen the A500 from two to three lanes between the Porthill and Wolstanton junctions.

If a planning application is successful, main work on the Etruria Valley link road project is expected to start in April 2018 and be completed towards the end of 2019.

Four drop-in events will take place next week to provide information on the proposals for both schemes, which are aimed at reducing congestion, creating better access, and improving safety.

As part of the consultation events, residents will be asked for their views on the Etruria Valley link road project, while the Highways England team will be providing information and answering questions at this stage.

People attending the consultation exhibitions will be able to see the plans and ask questions of the project teams. The events will be on:

  • Monday, 13 March, 9am to 3pm, at Bradwell Lodge Community Centre, Bradwell Lane, Porthill, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 8PS.
  • Tuesday, 14 March, 1pm to 6pm, at Middleport Medical Centre, Newport Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3NP;
  • Wednesday, 15 March, 9am to 3pm, at Middleport Medical Centre, Newport Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3NP. Highways England will attend this event;
  • Thursday, 16 March, 2pm to 8pm, at Bradwell Lodge Community Centre, Bradwell Lane, Porthill, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 8PS. Highways England will attend this event.

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