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A50 overnight closures information

Staffordshire County Council have advised that there will be five overnight closures of the A50 in June from the 13 to the 17 inclusive, to allow the integration of new slip roads on and off the dual carriageway. Details of that can be found lower down.

After that, the next thing on the horizon is the complete 24-hour-a-day closure of the A522 from 16 July to 28 September just west of Tunnicliffe Way.
The closure is to allow the removal of the embankment which raises the A522 up to the current bridge that crosses the A50 dual carriageway.
Workers will lower the area by approximately 20 feet, to allow the installation of new drainage and utilities and the completion of the final stretch of the new A522 carriageway, footpaths and street lighting to connect it to the new junction and bridge across the A50.
We appreciate this will cause inconvenience, so perhaps allow a little extra time for journeys, but we thank you in advance for your patience. To minimise disruption we have deliberately scheduled this important work to coincide with both the school holidays and the summer holiday closure of the JCB Heavy Products factory when traffic levels are lower.
Vehicles travelling west on the A522 will be diverted on to the A50 at the B5030 McDonald’s roundabout and then leave the A50 at the new junction, use the new bridge and re-join the A522. Those travelling east towards Uttoxeter will be diverted on to the eastbound A50 and at the B5030 roundabout traffic wanting Uttoxeter town centre will be directed left to follow the A518 The Dove Way.
Diversions will be signposted nearer the time and maps showing alternative routes posted on our webpage, while access to the Shell petrol station, which stands a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout will be maintained at all times.

Pedestrians will still be able to travel in both directions by following a short diversion through Tunnicliffe Way and Torrance Grove and then along a temporarily-lit and resurfaced public footpath before re-joining the A522.

Date Closure Time

Wednesday, 13 June


Westbound carriageway closed.


Eastbound carriageway open as usual.



8pm to 5.30am


Thursday, 14 June


Eastbound carriageway closed.


Westbound carriageway open as usual.



8pm to 5.30am


Friday, 15 June


Carriageway closed in both directions.



8pm to 5.30am


Saturday, 16 June


inside lanes of both carriageways will remain closed.


Carriageway closed in both directions.




5.30am to 8pm




8pm to 5.30am



Sunday, 17 June



Carriageway closed in both directions



8pm to 5.30am


The closures have been scheduled so that on Thursday, 14 June traffic heading towards Stoke-on-Trent will be able to get away from the Ladies’ Night event at Uttoxeter racecourse without any difficulty. The dates of this work may change due to weather conditions and we will notify you if that is necessary.
There are also two overnight closures of the A50 planned for the nights of Saturday, 14 July, and Sunday 15 July, between 8pm and 5.30am.
During the closures of the A50, we will put a fully signposted diversion route in place, suitable for all vehicles, including HGVs. Highways England will put advance notices warning of the closures on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes on the nights of the closures.
Traffic heading west will be diverted northwards from the A50 on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent and then on to the A500 and A50. The route is reversed from the west.
Importance of the A50
The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands. The planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.
Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England. We will continue to update you as the project progresses.
The A50 Growth Corridor Team