A500 closure postponed when Storm Dennis settles in batting region


A planned closure on the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent has been postponed due to the forecast of bad weather as the storm Dennis approaches Staffordshire and Cheshire.

The England highways will close the D highway southbound between the Porthill and Etruria junctions during the next weekend.

However, the climatic warnings of strong winds and heavy rains in Stoke-on-Trent have led to postpone work until next weekend.

A spokesman for Highways England said: “Due to the severe weather forecast for this weekend, we have postponed our planned closure for the southbound A500 weekend.

“Now we anticipate that this closure will take place next weekend.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank people for their patience while we carry out this important work.”

The work, part of the £ 17.5 million A500 expansion project, is now scheduled to begin at 3 a.m. on Saturday, February 22 and conclude at 5 a.m. Monday, February 24, with an open lane on the northbound road.

There will be a traffic detour through the A5271, A50 and A53.

A yellow Met Office weather warning is in effect in Staffordshire and Cheshire from 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, February 15, until noon on Sunday, with other areas of the United Kingdom covered by Amber Warnings.

A spokesman for the Staffordshire County Council said: “The winds will blow around 50 mph – 10-15 mph less than those we saw with the Ciara storm last week. There will also be some rain, but unlike other areas of the country Having an amber weather warning in place, the amounts we will see in Staffordshire are unlikely to be heavy or long lasting.

“Even so, rain combined with the wind can make it difficult to travel sometimes tomorrow.

“Adverse weather can make driving difficult. Therefore, it is always better to plan your trip and check the weather and the latest travel advice.

“Our highway teams will be ready to respond to any problem throughout the season and we will ask people to be patient with us if they need to respond to the incidents.”

An interruption in the rail network is also expected, with train operators urging passengers to ensure that their trips are made in advance.

A spokesman for West Midlands Trains, which runs West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway, said: “Passengers traveling on the West Midlands Railway (WMR) and London Northwestern Railway (LNR) this weekend should review their trips with the Dennis storm It is expected to bring strong winds to the United Kingdom.

“With some areas of land already saturated and the branches of trees weakened after the Ciara storm last weekend, there may be some disruption in the WMR and LNR networks.

“Last weekend, Network Rail deployed dozens of engineers to remove fallen trees and other debris from the railroad, repair damaged aerial cables and recover sections of flooded roads.

“Additional maintenance equipment is being prepared again in the West Midlands and on the West Coast mainline for the Dennis storm, which is expected to last all Saturday and Sunday.”



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