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Event will detail major road project milestones in 2020

Posted on Monday 13th January 2020
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Image of the Stafford western access route at Madford retail park.

People can find out how a major road project will progress throughout 2020 at an information event this month.

Work on the multi-million-pound Stafford Western Access Route began last summer. The new road will enable millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development to take place. It will also improve traffic flow in the town centre, particularly by the railway station.

The road will link the A34 Foregate Street at Madford Retail Park to the A518 Newport Road Castlefields junction. The road will help improve traffic flow in Gaol Square, Newport Road (east of Kingsway), Station Road, Chell Road, A34 Foregate Street (south of the scheme) and Doxey Road.

An information event is taking place on Wednesday January 22 to enable people to find out more about the work programme over the next six months, an update on demolition works of the old Saint Gobain buildings on Doxey Road, piling works and traffic management plans.

It is being held at the site office (compound on former Saint Gobain site), Doxey Road, Stafford, ST16 1EA. Project team members will be on hand to answer any questions throughout the event between 2pm and 7pm.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said:

The Stafford Western Access Route is an essential part of Stafford’s ambitious growth plans. It will enable future development contained in the borough’s local plan – notably the delivery of thousands of new homes and business, office and retail space. It will also reduce congestion in the town centre, particularly around the railway station.

We have and continue to keep in contact with local residents, businesses and partner organisations and we hope people will come along to the event to find out more about the next phases of the scheme.”

In December a temporary roundabout opened on Doxey Road, providing access to the Sainsbury’s and borough council car park until the realigned permanent roundabout opens. Demolition of the old Saint Gobain buildings on Doxey Road is also well under way, paving the way for a new roundabout and future development.

Anyone wanting further information about the Stafford Western Access Route can email staffordwestern.accessroute@staffordshire.gov.uk

The scheme will include improved conditions for bus services, pedestrians and cyclists. There will also be environmental benefits through the redevelopment of areas of derelict land and landscaping along the route.

The road is being funded by developers and with £15.5million secured by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership through the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

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