Public consultation starts on University Quarter improvements

Credit: Stoke-on-Trent City Council

A public consultation has been launched on multi-million pound plans to continue the transformation of the University Quarter area of Stoke-on-Trent.

Schemes have been drawn up to improve public realm, reduce congestion for motorists at traffic hotspots and revamp the area outside Stoke Railway Station.

Stoke-on-Trent train station Credit: Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Key elements include increasing capacity at Joiners Square roundabout and changes to the Leek Road/Station Road junction to reduce queuing, improving Winton Square outside the train station as a pedestrian friendly gateway for visitors and carrying out public realm works to improve pedestrian and cycle access in the area around Staffordshire University’s campus.

It is also proposed to widen Leek Road and improve its junction with Cauldon Road to reduce congestion. The planned changes will be funded from various sources, including Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Leek Road Credit: Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Work on the first stage of the improvements, which is seeing public realm being revamped on Thornton Road and Spencer Road, in Shelton, and Glebe Street in Stoke, got under way in September and is expected to be finished in March 2017.