Major junction improvement scheme to go before cabinet

Published: Monday, 18th June 2018

Work on a major multi-million pound scheme to improve one of Stoke-on-Trent’s busiest junctions is set to move a step closer.

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

A public consultation on the scheme was carried out in May, with 78 per cent of respondents welcoming the proposals. Now a report to the city council’s cabinet on Tuesday, June 26 will seek approval to commission all aspects of the project, including detailed design work, surveys, site investigations, third party land acquisition and demolition.

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. The changes that are proposed will help to overcome that.

“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 feedback we received from the consultation was positive and showed that people want this project to take place, and they understand the benefits it will bring. This would be a major project, so it’s important we start to move ahead now with key elements such as final designs, site surveys and any necessary land acquisition so we can deliver the scheme in a timely manner.”

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 (DfT’s) ‘Pinch Point Programme’. It is just one of 76 from across the country to attract funding from the DfT’s scheme.

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.

Under the current timetable, detailed design work is expected to commence in July. Work could start in late spring 2019, with the scheme completed in March 2020.

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