The dual carriageway Queensway was officially opened on 12 June 1978 by Cyril Finney, Staffordshire County Council Highways Committee Chairman. Even he admitted he was surprised by the forest of traffic lights, but the alternative was pedestrian subways which would never have got through. There was a cartoon of a coachload of tourists coming to see the “illuminations”! He said that “when the (traffic light) computer starts working in six to eight weeks time it will be dead easy”. Parts of the road were in use earlier. Contractor was Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd., contract cost £3 million, total cost £6.5 million.
Stafford Western Access Route
Linking A518 Newport Road to A34 Foregate Street at Madford Retail Park. The final part of the scheme, the viaduct over River Sow, connecting Doxey Road to A34 was reported as completed by the Express and Star on 19 November 2021. Unicorn Way had opened earlier in the year. The Doxey Road bridge and re-alignment had opened by 2 July 2021. The existing Martin Drive and Kingsway was used for the A518 link. It was opened as an unclassified road.