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Plans to widen A500 on display

Residents, businesses and motorists are being invited to find out more about plans to widen the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent.

Highways England is hosting three public exhibitions on the proposals to create a third lane in both directions between Porthill (A5271) and Wolstanton (A527).

Under the plans, the speed limit would also be lowered from 70mph to 50mph, to make this stretch consistent with the majority of the A500 in this area.

It is hoped the changes will allow traffic to flow better, reduce delays, and making journey times more reliable.

The location for the exhibitions are:

  • Tuesday 12 March between 3pm to 7.30pm at Bradwell Lodge Community Centre, Bradwell Lane, Porthill, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 8PS
  • Wednesday 13 March between 9.30am to 4.30pm at Middleport Medical Centre, Newport Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3NP
  • Saturday 16 March between 10am to 2pm at Wolstanton Retail Park, Wolstanton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 0AY

Highways England senior project manager, Mike Hillier, said: “These exhibitions offer an insight into how we plan to tackle congestion on one of the busiest roads in Stoke-on-Trent.

"We’re really keen to hear from members of the public, motorists that use the road and businesses in the area to see what they think about our plans. We look forward to meeting those that come along to the exhibition.”

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “Anyone who travels on this section of the A500 will know just how busy it gets, particularly at peak times in the morning and evening. Stoke-on-Trent is a fast growing and developing city and it’s imperative we have a transport network that matches our high aspirations.

“The work to widen the A500 by Highways England will improve traffic flow, which is good news for residents, commuters and businesses. We will be working closely with Highways England to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum during the works. Alongside this work, we are hoping to start the development of our Etruria Valley Link Road scheme later this year, which will create a new route into the city centre and support business by opening up acres of brownfield development land.”

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