Stafford Western Access Route

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The Stafford Western Access Route scheme is a £63million, multi-disciplinary, 1.2km strategic link scheme, that connects the A34 Foregate Street (north of Stafford) with A518 Newport Road (west of Stafford).

The scheme has boosted growth in the region and eased congestion, enables millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development, as well as improved traffic flow in the town centre. ​


The site continued throughout the Covid 19 pandemic, proving challenging at times, with early Covid 19 safe working practices implemented to keep the workforce and local community safe. ​

Due to the urban location, extensive communications were shared before and during scheme works with Key stakeholders, residents, and business to keep everyone informed. Engagement was sought early on, identifying options, and developing the preferred scheme following public consultation. This directly influenced the piling design, to ensure minimum vibration on nearby properties. Public information events were delivered and proved to be hugely successful, with representatives from Staffordshire County Council and Amey present. These continued through the pandemic period when permitted. The scheme installed its own satellite Information Centre, with this extensive community work being recognised by the Considerate Constructors Scheme as an ‘Ultra’ site’. ​


  • July 2022 - SCC and Amey received the Innovation Award at the West Midlands Chartered Institute for Highways and Transport (CIHT) for the SWAR scheme, as well as receiving highly commended in Best Large Project and Collaboration Award. ​
  • May 2021 - the SWAR scheme was awarded three prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers East and West Midlands awards (ICE) in the Communications category and the Large Project and Overall Scheme award categories.​
  • The scheme has improved conditions for bus services, pedestrians and cyclists. ​
  • There have also been schools, university, and STEM events, showcasing Civil Engineering.​
  • Use of recycled materials and equivalent reduction in imported quarried material and waste disposal. This innovative green approach had numerous environmental, sustainable, programme, transport, and financial benefits to the client, and the wider society as well as generating a £400,000 project saving. 3000t of a FABM1 (recycled fly ash) as a sub-base replacement, reducing imported quarried material volumes and saving a further £200,000 for the Staffordshire Amey contract was successfully completed. ​
  • Birds-eye view of the scheme:​

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