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Stafford Western Access Road

The proposed 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 will connect 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.

A significant amount of work has been ongoing to assemble the land required for the route, mostly through negotiation by private treaty but also through the successful completion of a Compulsory Purchase Order which was confirmed on 30th August 2018 by the Secretary of State for Transport following a public Inquiry held in June (subject to no further objections). 

The main contract for the construction of the main route is expected to begin before the end of June 2019, with the road due to be completed in 2021, enabling a range of key development sites in Stafford.

The costs of delivering the scheme will be shared between partners and developers.

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.