A500 road

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A500 shield
Map of the route of the A500
The northbound junction between the A500 and A50
Route information
HistoryConstructed began 1962 and finished 2006
Major junctions
Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe
Road network

The A500 is a major primary A road in Staffordshire and Cheshire, England. It is dual carriageway for most of its length and connects Nantwich, junctions 16 and 15 of the M6 motorway with the city of Stoke-on-Trent. It is 19 miles (31 km) long.

The road was built to provide links between Stoke-on-Trent and the M6, before being extended to Nantwich. Construction has taken place over several stages, beginning in 1962, with the final section of the original route being completed similar to the original plans in 2006. As a trunk road it is maintained by the Highways Agency.[1] In 2004, the road was stated as carrying 60,000 vehicles a day through Stoke.[2]

It is known locally as the "D-Road".[3] The "D" originally stood for the Derby road, as the intention was to link it to Derby via the A50, which it now does. (D is also the Roman numeral representing the number 500).


By the 1960s, traffic congestion was a major problem in Stoke-on-Trent, and journeys across the area sometimes took hours. There was no connection from the newly constructed M6 to the city. Businesses in the area wanted an easier route to get their goods out of the area.[4]

The A500 was initially built from the M6 at junction 16 to the A34 road at Talke as part of the motorway construction,[5] opening in 1962.[6] At the southern end, a dual carriageway was constructed from junction 15 of the M6 to the A34 near Trentham, given the number A5006,[5] and opened at the same time.[6] The northern section of the road was then subsequently extended from Talke to the A53 road. The final section from the A34 in the south to the A53 junction was built between 1974[2] and 1977.[4] The two middle junctions were to be grade separated, but due to financial constraints they were built as roundabouts.[7] Construction involved the destruction of streets and businesses within Stoke's town centre, as well as the excavation of a mass grave of the victims of a 17th-century cholera epidemic.[7] This final section was named Queensway,[2] and on its completion the whole route became the A500.

Part of the original A500 near Audley

The route remained unchanged until the 1980s when the Hanford Roundabout junction had a flyover built, as this was a major bottleneck for both the A500 and A34. The 1977 section east of this junction had been built with provision for the bridge, but the section built as the A5006 required realignment for the new interchange. In the late 1980s the road was extended from Junction 16 close to Weston with connections provided to existing roads to Keele and Crewe. The A52, which at that time ran to Nantwich, was renumbered from Newcastle to Weston as a B road and the section from Weston to Nantwich was incorporated into the A500. In 1989 a bypass to the east of Nantwich was opened, extending the A500 from the south of Nantwich to its current northerly terminus with the A51.[8]

In 1993 a proposal was made to add the missing flyover and underpass close to Stoke-on-Trent railway station, after an alternative plan had been rejected because of its cost.[9] A full review of the national roads programme resulted in the suspension of that scheme however.[2] In 1997 the A50 was rerouted through Stoke-on-Trent to meet the A500 at Sideway, where a new grade separated roundabout was constructed.

The city road junction as originally built

On the approach to Hough was a narrow single lane bridge which was added to with a Bailey bridge in 1993.[10] In September 2003, the Shavington bypass opened to reroute the road away from three villages on the former A52 section.[11] This was built to dual carriageway standards with provision for further junctions to new development sites.

Traffic continued to rise to the point where major congestion was experienced on the central section.[3] Work began on 16 February 2004 on the A500 Pathfinder Project to replace the final two roundabouts in Stoke with underpasses. The Highways Agency defined the pathfinder project as involving "a new form of contract and co-operative working methods to deliver a better value project, faster."[3] The project involved alterations to the path of the Trent and Mersey Canal and River Trent, along with new provisions for pedestrians. The work was carried out by Edmund Nuttall Limited and was planned to be completed in spring 2006. Following a number of delays[12] for which it was rumoured the construction company was being fined up to £100,000 a day for not keeping to schedule, the road opened on Tuesday 26 September 2006, with the southbound traffic in the morning and northbound traffic in the afternoon.[13] Several months of additional work was needed to finalise traffic light operations, gardens, and other miscellaneous tasks.

In February 2009, it was announced that the single carriageway Nantwich bypass would be re-numbered as the A51 in a bid to relieve the town centre of traffic.[14]

In 2015, the final 500m of the eastbound single carriageway between Weston and Junction 16 of the M6 was upgraded. This included resignalling works on the roundabout in order to relieve congestion at the roundabout. [15]


Looking towards the M6 at junction 15 on the original A5006 section

The road is the primary access route for traffic to and from almost all areas of Stoke-on-Trent. Starting to the east of Nantwich on the Nantwich bypass the dual carriageway Shavington bypass running north of Hough and Shavington. Returning to the 1980s single carriageway extension route it continues east through a cutting to the M6 at Junction 16 where it becomes a dual carriageway. Continuing through open countryside it passes under the A34 at Talke Pits, turns south before meeting the Tunstall Western Bypass and enters the north of Stoke-on-Trent. Now continuing in an urban setting it runs between Newcastle and Burslem, passing through the middle of the former Wolstanton Colliery before running east of Stoke's town centre. Passing through the newest section in a cutting it emerges south of Stoke alongside the site of the Victoria Ground. Turning west it passes the Bet365 Stadium before leaving the urban area at Hanford, south of Trent Vale. It then runs through a cutting before meeting the M6 at junction 15.


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A500 Road
Northbound* exits Junction Southbound* exits Coordinates
Nantwich, Stone A51
UK traffic sign 520.svg

UK traffic sign 510.svg
Start of road 53°03′41″N 2°29′18″W / 53.061379°N 2.488307°W / 53.061379; -2.488307 (A500, Cheerbrook Roundabout)
Crewe, Shavington B5071 Crewe, Shavington B5071 53°04′15″N 2°26′18″W / 53.070966°N 2.438407°W / 53.070966; -2.438407 (A500, B5071 Roundabout)
Crewe Employment Park A5020
UK traffic sign 510.svg
Crewe Employment Park A5020 53°04′16″N 2°24′34″W / 53.071211°N 2.409407°W / 53.071211; -2.409407 (A500, Roundabout)
Start of dual carriageway UK traffic sign 510.svg Crewe, Weston A5020
Keele A531
End of dual carriageway
UK traffic sign 520.svg
53°04′05″N 2°22′58″W / 53.068026°N 2.382885°W / 53.068026; -2.382885 (A500, A5020 Roundabout)
The North West, Preston M6
The South, Birmingham M6
Radway Green B5078
End of dual carriageway
UK traffic sign 520.svg
M6 J16
UK traffic sign 510.svg
Start of dual carriageway 53°04′07″N 2°20′01″W / 53.068645°N 2.333651°W / 53.068645; -2.333651 (A500, M6 J16 Roundabout)
Audley, Alsager Audley, Alsager 53°04′03″N 2°18′11″W / 53.067446°N 2.303009°W / 53.067446; -2.303009 (A500, Audley & Alsager)
Talke, Congleton A34
Talke, Kidsgrove, Congleton A34
53°03′46″N 2°15′07″W / 53.062882°N 2.251854°W / 53.062882; -2.251854 (A500, Newcastle, Kidsgrove & Congleton)
Kidsgrove A527 (A50) Tunstall A527 53°03′17″N 2°13′44″W / 53.054706°N 2.229023°W / 53.054706; -2.229023 (A500, Kidsgrove & Tunstall)
Wolstanton A527
Longport, Tunstall, Burslem A5271
Wolstanton A527
Longport, Tunstall, Burslem A5271
53°02′25″N 2°12′56″W / 53.040181°N 2.215505°W / 53.040181; -2.215505 (A500, Wolstanton, Burslem & Longport)
Wolstanton Retail Park Wolstanton Retail Park 53°01′57″N 2°12′33″W / 53.032504°N 2.209067°W / 53.032504; -2.209067 (A500, Wolstanton Retail Park)
Hanley, Leek A53
Hanley, Leek A53
53°01′10″N 2°12′16″W / 53.019534°N 2.204368°W / 53.019534; -2.204368 (A500, A53 Hanley, Leek & Newcastle)
Shelton B5045 Shelton New Road Junction No exit 53°00′43″N 2°11′48″W / 53.011879°N 2.196643°W / 53.011879; -2.196643 (A500, B5045 Stoke & Shelton)
No exit Stoke Road Junction Hanley A5006
Stoke A52
Fenton, Longton A5007
53°00′32″N 2°11′06″W / 53.008832°N 2.184970°W / 53.008832; -2.184970 (A500, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton & Longton)
Hanley A5006
Stoke A52
Fenton, Longton A5007
City Road Junction No exit 53°00′10″N 2°10′46″W / 53.002750°N 2.179542°W / 53.002750; -2.179542 (A500, A5007 Hanley, Fenton & Longton)
No exit Heron Cross 52°59′57″N 2°10′46″W / 52.999264°N 2.179348°W / 52.999264; -2.179348 (A500, Heron Cross)
Longton, Uttoxeter, Derby A50 Uttoxeter, Derby A50
52°59′26″N 2°11′00″W / 52.990598°N 2.183254°W / 52.990598; -2.183254 (A500, Longton, Uttoxeter & Derby)
Sideway No exit 52°59′20″N 2°11′08″W / 52.988841°N 2.185464°W / 52.988841; -2.185464 (A500, Sideway)
Stone, Trentham
Trent Vale, Newcastle-under-Lyme A34
Hanford Roundabout Stone, Trentham
Trent Vale, Newcastle-under-Lyme A34
52°58′56″N 2°11′59″W / 52.982137°N 2.199819°W / 52.982137; -2.199819 (A500, A34 Stone, Trentham)
Start of road M6 J15
UK traffic sign 510.svg
The North West, Preston
The South, Birmingham M6
Newcastle-Under-Lyme A519
52°58′33″N 2°13′24″W / 52.975916°N 2.223197°W / 52.975916; -2.223197 (A500, M6 J15)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
*The route runs in a semi-circular direction in Stoke-On-Trent. The table has its northern terminus at the top


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  2. ^ a b c d "A500 City Road & Stoke Road Junction Improvement - Statement of Case - Case for the Highways Agency". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 16 January 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  3. ^ a b c "Good news for Stoke". Highways Agency. June 2001. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Making plans for the A500". BBC Stoke & Staffordshire. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  5. ^ a b "M6. Birmingham to Preston Motorway (J13 to J16)". The Motorway Archive. The Motorway Archive Trust. Archived from the original on 11 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-14.
  6. ^ a b "M6. Birmingham to Preston Motorway (J13 to J16) - Statistics and options". The Motorway Archive. The Motorway Archive Trust. Archived from the original on 15 March 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  7. ^ a b "Making way for the A500". BBC Stoke & Staffordshire. British Broadcasting Corporation. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  8. ^ "The A51/52 North of Newcastle-under-Lyme-Nantwich-Tarporley-Tarvin Trunk Road (Nantwich Bypass) Order 1989". HMSO. 22 February 1999. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  9. ^ "Project Background and Previous Options Considered". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2007.
  10. ^ "A500 Hough Railway Bridge". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  11. ^ "A500 Basford, Hough, Shavington Bypass". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  12. ^ "Compensation bid over A500 works". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 13 August 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  13. ^ "A500 opens again after roadworks". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 26 September 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2007.
  14. ^ "Nantwich road signs to be replaced in huge scheme". Crewe Chronicle. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  15. ^ "M6 Junction 16 improvement scheme". Highways Agency. 30 June 2015. Archived from the original on 12 July 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.

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