A500 Etruria widening
We’re widening the A500 to provide and additional lane in both directions between the A5271 (Porthill) and A527 (Wolstanton) junctions.
The A500 connects the M6, 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.
This scheme will help facilitate the Stoke Growth Deal (Etruria Valley Development) proposed improvements at the A500 Wolstanton junction.
As part of the scheme, we’ve lowered the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph, making this stretch consistent with the majority of the A500 in this area. This speed limit combined with the extra lane will allow traffic to flow better, reducing delays and queuing and making journey times more reliable.
The additional capacity will reduce the likelihood of collisions, particularly on the section next to the Etruria Valley Enterprise Area.
The scheme will support the growing economy. This improvement will support new development opportunities, attract employment investment and create jobs – key for the long-term health of the Stoke-on-Trent economy.
We want to make sure that our roads create opportunities for cyclists and pedestrians not barriers to journeys. As part of this scheme, we will create better and improved cycling and pedestrian facilities that are safe and separate from traffic.
In addition to widening the A500 and reducing the speed limit, we’ve also:
- installed new signage
- improved the drainage
- replaced the lighting
- resurfaced this section of the A500
The section of the A500 around the urban area of Stoke-on-Trent suffered from:
- 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 completed scheme will:
- improve safety
- reduce delays and queuing
- improve journey time reliability
This scheme also supports the Etruria Valley Development by allowing the A500 to accommodate the new traffic this development will generate.