The A38 at Alrewas
The A38 at Alrewas

The next phase of major roadworks on the A38 near Lichfield is due to begin.

National Highways is carrying out resurfacing and improvements to safety barriers, drainage systems and street lighting between Fradley and Barton.

The first phase began in March with work focusing on the southbound carriageway.

The second stage of the project will switch to the northbound side, with full overnight closures on weekdays from 9th May until 18th July between Hilliard’s Cross and Alrewas.

The northbound closure will later be extended as far as Branston Junction for resurfacing and lighting upgrades.

National Highways project manager, Saima Khan, said:

“We are trying to get as much done as possible during this scheme to reduce the need to return here in the future and for further road closures.

“Since the project began we have been able to allocate funding for additional work including resurfacing, LED lighting upgrades and replacing reflective road studs. Local authorities are also using the closures to carry out litter picks in safety.

“Drivers are already seeing the benefits of these early works on the southbound carriageway. But we do appreciate that any roadworks can cause some disruption and appreciate people’s patience while we carry out this essential work.”

Saima Khan, National Highways

Later phases will commence in July and August which will feature overnight closures and full weekend closures.

Full details on the works can be found on the National Highways website.

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Local person
11 months ago

How about putting some lights up from Bassets Pole island to Lichfield? That stretch of road can be treacherous at the best of times.

John Dewer
11 months ago

Great. Really can’t wait. Not satisfied with bringing the City Centre to a grinding halt with temp lights everywhere – why not make getting to and out of Lichfield hard as well? Brilliant.

Mr T
11 months ago


11 months ago

National Highways generally do good quality work that is fit for purpose and lasts. Unlike our County Council whose standards seem a lot lower. Whoever was responsible for the Boley Park resurfacing should be ashamed of themselves. It is beyond the fill and patch technique now after a very short completion time. Where was the quality control for such work? Is the contractor not culpable?

Alica Fibmerchant
11 months ago

Actually all the moaning on here…..would people prefer it if this part of the A38 wasn’t maintained and improved? It’s already a really busy road at all times of day and night with vehicles travelling too close to one another at high speed. I’m amazed there aren’t more accidents. If this work helps reduce the risks then so be it. You can easily use the A513 through Elmhusrt and Kings Bromley instead if it bothers you that much. I just wish they’d pay as much attention to the pot holes and junctions on our local roads.

11 months ago

Alica I suggest you try the 515 to kings Bromley not the 513

11 months ago

Can it not be done with only closing 1 lane, how about HGV’s coming out of Fradley Park and wanting to go north!!
Will we be on a long diversion?

Lichfield derby duck
11 months ago

That’s fine, but what about the surface of the A38 running from Cappers Lane in the southern direction which presently has numerous potholes which if hit at above 30 will likely cause serious damage to cars? Weaving to dodge these is seriously dangerous now with the speed restriction, so when back to national speed limit it will be treacherous. When these are full of rainwater it becomes impossible to see them in time. Surely this surface should be addressed too??

David Dundas
11 months ago

While it is important to improve the condition of the A38, we also need to reduce its traffic density by opening the railway line from Lichfield to Burton and Derby which is cleared for passenger trains, as it is a diversion route when there are railway works going on elsewhere.