A500 Etruria widening

Widening the A500 between Wolstanton and Porthill junctions near the Etruria Valley development.

Region:  West Midlands
Start date:  March 2019
Cost:  £16.5 – 17.5 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  July 2020
Programme:  

Progress report

We’ve completed our work to widen the A500 between Porthill (A5271) and Wolstanton (A527) three months earlier than we anticipated. We’ve widened this 1km stretch from two lanes to three and all lanes are now open for traffic.

This will provide more capacity to ease congestion and improve journey time reliability, so that road users can plan their journeys with greater confidence. This section of the A500 will require less maintenance in coming years, so the need for overnight closures and diverted traffic is greatly reduced.

It will also reduce delays and the likelihood of collisions, particularly on the road section next to the Etruria Valley Stoke-on-Trent Growth Deal development site. The widening will support new development opportunities, attract employment investment and create jobs, key for the long-term growth of the Stoke-on-Trent economy.

We’ve also lowered the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph, making this stretch consistent with the majority of the A500 in this area, allowing traffic to flow better.

As well as widening this stretch, we’ve also:

  • installed new signage
  • improved the drainage
  • replaced the lighting
  • resurfaced the carriageway with a smoother surface
  • replaced the central reserve safety fence with a concrete barrier to reduce the need for future maintenance

With all lanes now open, we’re completing the finishing touches over the summer, including the final landscaping works. To allow us to complete the remaining works safely we’ll need occasional overnight closures of the A500 and will provide a clearly signed diversion route while the road is closed. We’ll also need a final weekend closure of the A500 southbound from 9pm, Friday 10 July to 5am, Monday 13 July.

At Highways England, we believe in a connected country and our network makes these connections happen. We hope you notice the difference and the newly-widened section helps you connect better with friends, family and businesses, whenever it is safe to do so.

We recognise that the work will have caused inconvenience and we sincerely apologise for any disruption. We’re exceptionally grateful for your patience while we carried out this important work.

Timeline

Date Event
February 2019 Start of works
March 2019 Begin main construction along verges
February 2020 Complete main construction along verges. Start work in central reserve.
July 2020 Complete central reserve works and resurface A500.
July 2020 End of work

Why we need the scheme

The section of the A500 around the urban area of Stoke-on-Trent suffered from:

  • congestion
  • journey time delays
  • closely spaced junctions
  • places where the traffic merges in a non-standard way
  • a high number of collisions at these junctions and merge points as a result of the high volume of traffic

The finished scheme will also support the Etruria Valley Development by allowing the A500 to accommodate the new traffic this development will generate.

Aims

The aims of the scheme were to:

  • improve safety
  • reduce delays and queuing
  • improve journey time reliability

The scheme in detail

The government announced this scheme in August 2014 as part of its Road Investment Strategy (RIS).

We've widened the A500 to provide and additional lane in both directions between the A5271 (Porthill) and A527 (Wolstanton) junctions.

The scheme will help facilitate the Stoke Growth Deal (Etruria Valley Development) proposed improvements at the A500 Wolstanton junction.

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 August 2020 to 29 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 31 August 2020 to 5 September 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 5:04 am
Location : The A500 southbound between the A527 South and the junction with the A52 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 8 August 2020 to 21 November 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 4:01 am
Location : The A500 southbound entry slip from the A53 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 8 August 2020 to 21 November 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 4:01 am
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 17:04 on 5 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 2:17 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J13 and J16 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 17:03 on 5 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 1:16 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 8:10 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 August 2020 to 05:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 8:10 pm
Location : The A50 eastbound at the junction with the A521 Blythe Bridge East. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:00 on 12 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 8 September 2020 to 11 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 5:10 pm
Location : The A50 westbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:00 on 12 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 8 September 2020 to 11 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 5:10 pm
Location : The A50 westbound between the A521 Blythe Bridge East and the junction with the A521 Blythe Bridge West. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:00 on 12 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 8 September 2020 to 11 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 5:10 pm
Location : The A50 westbound between the A522 and the junction with the A521 Blythe Bridge East. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:00 on 12 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 8 September 2020 to 11 September 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 5:10 pm
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 3:00 pm
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J15 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 3:00 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 5 August 2020 to 06:00 on 5 September 2020.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 8:01 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 August 2020 to 06:00 on 9 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 August 2020 to 06:00 on 23 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 4:15 pm
Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 9:52 am
Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J17 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 9 August 2020 to 05:00 on 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 7:12 pm
Location : The M6 southbound at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 9 August 2020 to 05:00 on 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 7:12 pm
Location : The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 9 August 2020 to 05:00 on 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 7:12 pm
Location : The M6 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 9 August 2020 to 05:00 on 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 7:12 pm
Location : The M6 northbound at junction J16 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 9 August 2020 to 05:00 on 10 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 2, 2020, 7:12 pm
Location : The A500 northbound exit slip to the A5007 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:30 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound exit slip to the A5271 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 August 2020 to 05:30 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the A519 and the junction with the A34 Newcastle Under Lyme South . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 10 August 2020 to 05:30 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the junctions with the A34 and the A50 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 10 August 2020 to 05:30 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound entry slip from the A5006 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:30 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound at the junction with the A50 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:30 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the junctions with the A50 and the A5007 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:30 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the M6 J15 and the junction with the A519 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 10 August 2020 to 05:30 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the A5271 and the junction with the A527 North. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 August 2020 to 05:30 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the A5007 and the junction with the A527 South. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:30 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound at the junction with the A34 Newcastle Under Lyme South . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:30 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 10 August 2020 to 05:30 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound exit slip to the A50 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:30 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound exit slip to the A34 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 10 August 2020 to 05:30 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the junctions with the A50 and the A5007 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:30 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound entry slip from the A34 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:30 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound entry slip from the A527 South. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 August 2020 to 05:30 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the A5007 and the junction with the A53 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:30 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound exit slip to the A527 South. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:30 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the junctions with the A34 and the A50 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:30 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the junctions with the A527 South and the A5271 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 August 2020 to 05:30 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound at the junction with the A50 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:30 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am
Location : The A500 northbound between the A53 and the junction with the A527 South. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 August 2020 to 05:30 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 10:42 am

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