A scheme to improve one of Stoke-on-Trent’s busiest road junctions has attracted more than £2m of national funding from the Conservative Government.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced plans that will see the junction of Cobridge Road and Waterloo Road – both major A-roads – widened and realigned.
The council has successfully bid for £2.09m funding from the Department for Transport’s pinch point programme for the scheme. The rest of the estimated £5.5m costs of the work will be funded through the authority’s capital programme.
Conservative Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “This junction is a major gateway into the city centre. It is where the A53 and A50 intersect and is one of the busiest stretches of road in the city.
“But it is also one of the most congested. At peak times in the morning and evening, delays in getting through the junction, particularly for vehicles turning right, is very time consuming. These delays cost 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, with new businesses coming into the city centre and new housing developments including at the former Churchill China site in Cobridge – land that had been derelict for years but that we are bringing back into constructive use.
“It is vital that we have the infrastructure in place that supports our growing city and is fit for the future. The improvement works send a strong message to developers and investors that Stoke-on-Trent is open for business.”
Proposals for the junction would increase capacity, reduce congestion and improve journey times for businesses, public transport, visitors, commuters and freight operators.
Detailed designs for how the improvements will look are now being drawn up, and a public consultation will take place in the spring, once the plans are in place. Ongoing communication with businesses, communities and road users will take place during the development of the scheme.
Councillor Jellyman added: “We’re thrilled to have secured major funding for this work – it is a great boost for road users in the city. We carried out detailed mapping of the junction over a number of months demonstrating the demand and delays caused by congestion.
“The design and options for the new junction are now being worked up. It will involve the widening of approaches to and exits from the junction. This will allow significantly more traffic to pass through.”
“Whilst local Labour MPs play politics and grand stand, local Conservative Councillors have secured this money by working with the Conservative Government. This goes to show what cooperation can do, bring real benefits for local residents, not just political hot-air”.