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Work to start to tackle flooding on road in Stoke-on-Trent

Published: Friday, 16th July 2021

Work will start next week on a £235,000 scheme to improve drainage and resurface a busy route in the city.

The extensive works on Milton Road, due to begin on Thursday, July 22, are part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s ongoing commitment to improving the area’s roads and tackling known flooding hotspots.

The scheme will address the issue of flooding on the road that can occur during heavy rainfall by installing a new surface water drainage system with a series of extra manholes and gullies. These will carry excess water off the road and into Ford Green Brook.

Due to the nature of the scheme, the road will be closed from the junction of Redhills Road and Foxley Lane up to the entrance of J Harrison & Sons builders’ merchants, allowing traffic to access all businesses on the industrial estate over the railway bridge from the Sneyd Green direction. A safe walkway through the works will be established for pedestrians for the duration of the project.

The improvements are expected to take up to six weeks to complete, with the resurfacing of the road – from the railway bridge on Milton Road to Foxley Lane – being carried out overnight from the third-week of the project onwards.

Cllr James Smith, cabinet support member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage, said: “This is a vital investment to upgrade the drainage system on Milton Road and part of our commitment to maintaining and improving roads across the city.

“We’re carrying out the works during the school holidays to try and reduce disruption as much as possible, as we know the road is popular on the school run. People who use the road regularly will likely have experienced the flooding that can happen during periods of heavy or prolonged rainfall and these improvements have been designed to tackle the problem.”