Stafford Western Access Road

The Stafford Western Access Road (SWAR) has been designed to relieve traffic congestion from Stafford town centre by creating a new road from the A518, Newport Road to the A34, Foregate Street providing a strategic link between the north and west of the town.

The SWAR connects to the A34, Foregate Street at the Madford Retail Park junction, passing between Lidl and Tenpin and crossing the River Sow via a new bridge. The road will then cross the existing carpark to join with Doxey Road at a new roundabout.

Doxey Road will be re-aligned and the SWAR will cross the West Coast Mainline railway at the existing bridge which will require strengthening. The route will then cross the St Gobain site meeting the existing road through Castlefields at a new roundabout and then to the existing roundabout with the A518.

Construction began in summer 2019. It will enable millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development to take place. The road will also improve traffic flow in the town centre, particularly by the railway station. Work has continued safely throughout the pandemic period.

The work is set to complete Autumn 2021.

The benefits of investment in the access road will:

  • Support the economic growth of the town,
  • Help ease congestion through the town centre,
  • Support the development of much needed new homes,
  • Improve road safety and reduce journey times,
  • Reduce congestion around Stafford station and Chell Road,
  • Assist in providing improved sustainable transport measures on Chell Road.


A pdf of the proposed route can be found here.