Consultation launched on junction improvement scheme

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Motorists and residents are being asked for their views on a major multi-million pound scheme to improve one of Stoke-on-Trent’s busiest junctions.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to carry out improvements to the junction of Cobridge Road and Waterloo Road – both major A roads – in Cobridge. Proposals drawn up for the junction would increase capacity, reduce congestion and improve journey times for businesses, public transport, visitors, commuters and freight operators.

The scheme aims to reduce congestion by improving traffic flow through the junction, and increasing pedestrian and cycling safety. The work involves widening the road and pedestrian islands, improving crossing facilities and upgrading traffic signals. A shared pedestrian and cycle footway along Waterloo Road would also be installed as part of the scheme.

A public consultation on the scheme is under way and will run until Monday, June 4, giving people the chance to comment on the proposals. Information is also being delivered to homes in the area, and a public exhibition will be held at Cobridge Community Health Centre between 10am and 8pm on Friday, May 25 as part of the consultation.

Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “This junction is a major gateway into the city centre, but at peak times it gets heavily congested which costs businesses in lost income and road users in lost time.

“We are committed to keeping this city moving, improving our infrastructure and supporting businesses, commuters and road users. Stoke-on-Trent is growing and it’s important we have the infrastructure in place to support this. The views of residents are always very important to us and I would encourage as many people as possible to view the plans and have their say on the scheme.”

The total cost for the scheme is £5.09 million, with £3 million from the city council’s capital programme and £2.09m funding from the Department for Transport’s ‘Pinch Point Programme’. The council’s scheme is just one of 76 from across the country to attract funding from the DfT’s scheme.

Following the consultation, a report will go to the city council later in the summer to confirm the outcome and, depending on the comments and feedback received, to gain approval to deliver the scheme. If approved, work could start early next year.

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