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Stafford to Eccleshall roadworks to overrun by four weeks

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

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ROADWORKS on the busy main road between Stafford and Eccleshall are set to overrun. 

Motorists and residents in Great Bridgeford, Eccleshall and the surrounding areas are being warned that they are facing another four weeks of delays.

 Work to widen a junction on the A5013 Eccleshall Road is part of Network Rail’s Stafford Area Improvements Programme, designed to provide improved performance, reliability and capacity on the busy West Coast main line. 

But construction work has been delayed after digging revealed underground services, such as drains and electricity cables, that needed to be relocated. 

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A spokesman said fhe junction widening had encountered “a number of challenges” since work started, many of which have involved buried services which could not be assessed until temporary traffic lights were installed. 

The road junction provides access to a site compound, and had to be widened to safely accommodate construction traffic which will access the site from Chebsey Lane. 

Ian Jones, manager of the Staffordshire Alliance which is responsible for the work, said: “It is essential that we safely widen the junction, though it is regrettable that we will need additional time to complete the work. We are doing all we can to complete it as quickly as possible and I apologise for any inconvenience caused.” 

The work on the junction is due to be completed by the weekend of July26/27. 

The Staffordshire Alliance is building six miles of new railway through the Norton Bridge area, including a railway flyover, major road diversion (B5026), bridge constructions, environmental mitigation works and pipeline diversions.

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