An artist's impression of the new permanent roundabout – forming the junction of Doxey Road and the access to Sainsbury’s/Borough Council car park [bottom left].

A major road scheme in Stafford is set to reach a new milestone this week - the next phase of the Stafford Western Access Route is set to start, with the installation of temporary roadworks...

A major road project in Stafford, the Stafford Western Access Route - which will help to ease congestion in Stafford and to deliver the construction of new homes - will shift to its next phase this week.

Work on the strategic development began in the summer, after completion (due in 2021) the Stafford Western Access Route will link the A34 Foregate Street (at Madford Retail Park) to the A518 Newport Road Castlefields junction. The project will help to improve traffic flow in Gaol Square, Newport Road (east of Kingsway), Station Road, Chell Road, A34 Foregate Street (south of the scheme) and Doxey Road.

A temporary roundabout will open this Friday on Doxey Road to provide access to the Sainsbury's and Borough Council car park (until the realigned permanent roundabout opens). Pedestrians will also be able to access the car parks from this access point. Piling work is continuing off Doxey Road where the new section of road will be built.

Demolition of the old Saint Gobain buildings on Doxey Road will begin imminently, paving way for a new roundabout and future development at the location.

Staffordshire County Council’s Head of Highways, James Bailey commented:

“The Stafford Western Access Route scheme is progressing well and will see the temporary roundabout access opening this week. Demolition work is also starting on the old Saint Gobain buildings on Doxey Road."

“We want to make people aware of the new car park access to the east of the current roundabout. This will be in operation until the new permanent roundabout has been completed.”

Anyone wanting further information about the Stafford Western Access Route can email

An artist's impression of the empty old Saint Gobain site, after demolition [right of the road].

The scheme will include improved conditions for bus services, pedestrians and cyclists. There will also be environmental benefits through the redevelopment of areas of derelict land and landscaping along the route.

The road is being funded by both developers and the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP), with the SSLEP securing £15.5million of funding through the Government’s Local Growth Fund.