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Work starts on first phase of traffic corridor improvements

Published: Thursday, 28th May 2020

Work has started on the first of a series of planned improvements to reduce congestion on a busy traffic corridor, improve air quality and speed-up journey times.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council wants to improve traffic flow on Leek Road, from its junction with City Road near to the A500 through to Lime Kiln lights at Bucknall. At peak times the route experiences congestion and traffic regularly queues back in both directions, causing delays to motorists and businesses.

The first part of the improvements, which got under way yesterday, involves reallocating road space on City Road on the short section from the traffic lights above the A500 to the roundabout with Leek Road. This will give motorists heading towards the A500 two lanes beneath the railway bridge and one lane in the opposite direction towards Fenton. The work mainly involves reducing the size of the large kerbed island on the exit from the roundabout. The work to remove existing road markings will take place overnight and the project is expected to be finished by Friday, June 5. New traffic signs will be put up advising motorists of the lane changes.

Other planned improvements to reduce congestion and speed up journey times on the Leek Road corridor, that are scheduled to start in the next 12 months, include:

  • Improving the layout and capacity of Joiners Square roundabout
  • Improvements to the Station Road/Leek Road and Boughey Road/Leek Road junctions

Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for infrastructure, regeneration and heritage, said: “Anyone who was travelled down Leek Road will know how busy it can get, particularly at peak times. It’s a route that is operating beyond its capacity, leading to significant congestion and journey time delays which are frustrating for motorists and cost businesses and the economy money. Great transport links are essential for a thriving economy and the work on the City Road section is very much the first step in a series of improvements to the Leek Road corridor.

“By carrying out phased improvements to the key pinch points on the road, such as Joiners Square roundabout, it will help to get traffic flowing more freely which will reduce pollution, create a greener city and make the area a more accessible place to live and do business. We’re committed to improving the city’s infrastructure and enhancing all forms of transport to make it easier and greener for residents and businesses to get from A to B and this is an example of that work.”

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