A38 Fradley to Barton combined work

We’re carrying out essential maintenance and repair work on the A38 between Fradley and Barton. Our work will include resurfacing, vegetation clearance, renewal of safety barriers, drainage systems, street lighting and road markings.

Start date February 2023
End date Autumn 2023
Cost £12.9 million

Latest updates

  • 25 January 2024

    Please check before you travel: upcoming weekend closures on the A38

    We’ll be returning to carry out finishing work as part of our essential maintenance scheme along the A38 near Alrewas. Our work will include safety barrier repairs, lighting upgrades and replacing signs.

    ** As a result of poor weather experienced this week, our planned weekend closure of the A38 has now been cancelled. Our work will continue as planned from Monday 29 January, as outlined below **

    Monday 29 January to Friday 2 February, overnight from 8pm to 6am

    Full overnight closures of the A38 northbound, between the Hilliard's Cross junction and Branston Junction. There will be a single lane closure in place on the A38 southbound of this section.

    When the roads are closed, a clearly signed diversion route (shown below) will be in place which has been agreed with the local authority.

    A38 diversion map

    Northbound traffic – traffic to take A38 from Swinfen Interchange and join the A5 eastbound from Weeford Interchange. Continue on the A5 to M42 roundabout. At the roundabout, join the M42 at junction 10 heading north. Remain on M42/A42 as it merges with the M1 junction 23a. Traffic to exit M1 at junction 24 and head towards the A50 westbound. Remain on A50 to A38 Toyota Island.

    Southbound traffic – traffic to take A50 eastbound from Toyota Island and continue to M1 junction 24a. Head south on M1 to junction 23a and merge on to M42/A42. Remain on M42/A42 until reaching M42 junction 10 and take the exit. At the roundabout, join A5 westbound to Weeford Interchange and then continue north on A38 to Swinfen Interchange.

    Access to homes, frontages and emergency services vehicles will be maintained throughout the work. We apologise in advance for any disruption you may experience and we’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and motorists is kept to a minimum. 

    We always aim to work to the programme, however these closures may be amended due to poor weather or operational reasons.

Project information


We’ll be carrying out essential maintenance work on the A38 between Fradley and Barton. Our work will include targeted resurfacing, vegetation clearance, renewal of safety barriers, drainage systems, street lighting and road markings.

The completed work will provide a smoother, quieter road surface, better drainage and an overall safer road. This work is part of National Highways continuing investment in the strategic road network within Staffordshire.

Benefits of this scheme include:

  • Safer roads for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and equestrians.
  • Better drainage which will ensure safer driving conditions at all times.
  • Sections of newly resurfaced road which will provide a better running surface, whilst helping to reduce noise levels to those living in close proximity.
  • Upgraded safety barriers, ensuring we continue to provide a safer road for motorists and local residents. 

To help further, we’re also

  • Planting low lying sedum in the central reservation between Rykneld Street/Burton Road and the A38 northbound, reducing the need for grass cutting and additional traffic management at this location.
  • Replacing the cabling for street lighting will help to prevent any faults or outages. This will also help to maintain a well-lit area and provide a safe throughfare.
  • Working closely with the Local Authority to litter pick and sweep channel lines within the zone of the works


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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