Stoke-on-Trent is well-known as part of the Potteries. It is a federal city formed by the union of six previously independent small towns in 1910 and given city status in 1925. Following signs to the City Centre will take you to Hanley, although the civic offices are in the town of Stoke.
Given that Stoke-on-Trent is a federation of several unimportant places, it has no definite centre: following signs to Stoke-on-Trent could lead you to anywhere in the city and some roads passing through the city are not signed to it. Mileposts existing since before federation will point to whichever of the component towns the road goes to.
The focal point for roads in the region is the neighbouring town of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
|Birmingham, London, Stafford||Accessed via A500|
|The NORTH, Manchester||Accessed via A500|
|Uttoxeter||This is the preferred route into the city centre from the south|
|Kidsgrove, Warrington, Congleton (A34/A527)||A50 traffic is generally directed onto the A500|
|Newcastle||This is only signed as such to the west of the A500. From elsewhere traffic to Newcastle is directed along the B5045 and this road is signed for local traffic|
|M6(South), Uttoxeter (A50), Shrewsbury (A53)||Traffic is directed along the A519 and A5182 to reach the A53|