Posted on Tuesday 7th April 2020
A £42.7 million package of highways improvements and transport schemes for the 2020/21 financial year is set to be approved next week.
The funding includes Government grants, an additional £5 million from the county council and funding from other sources, including developers and other authorities.
Projects include a range of road improvement schemes, road safety schemes, community improvements identified by local county councillors and countywide transport strategies. The Highways and Transport Capital Programme 2020/21 is set to be approved by the county council’s cabinet at its meeting next Wednesday April 15.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:
It is vital that we have a well-maintained road network and good transport infrastructure to a support a well-connected and prosperous county. It helps to ensure that people are healthy and safe and that we continue to attract inward investment to Staffordshire. We’re pleased to set out our £42.7 million investment plans over the current financial year. This will enable us to deliver a comprehensive package of schemes that will bring long-term and value for money improvements.
We are aiming to continue highways and transport schemes wherever possible through the coronavirus restrictions period. We will take decisions on a project by project basis considering public safety, the safety of our employees and our suppliers’ operations.”
Next Wednesday’s cabinet meeting will be the first fully virtual Staffordshire County Council meeting, with all councillors joining proceedings online. The public will not be able to physically attend the meeting room but will be able to view the agenda papers and meeting online via the council website: https://bit.ly/34gf8zW
Highways schemes for 2020/21 include:
• Stafford borough: A34 Fillybrooks Stone junction improvements, A34 Queensville Stafford roundabout improvements, Doxey Road Stafford pedestrian crossing and South Walls Stafford cycle route
• Lichfield district: Netherstowe Lane speed reduction scheme, Chorley village speed reduction scheme, Burntwood town centre improvements, Cappers Lane/Trent Valley Road/Eastern Avenue junction improvements
• Cannock Chase district: Norton Canes weight restrictions, A460 Lodge Lane Cannock improvements, Rugeley Town rail station improvements, Rugeley sustainable transport links
• Staffordshire Moorlands district: Biddulph Valley Way improvements, Leek St Edward Street and Stanley Street improvements, A522 Tape Street/Ashbourne Road junction improvements Cheadle, Freehay crossroads improvements Cheadle
• Tamworth borough: Improvements to Ventura Park island Bitterscote Road, improvements to Glascote Road, Corporation Street/Church Street sustainable transport improvements, improvements near Rawlett School
• South Staffordshire district: Improvements, including new pedestrian link, at Codsall railway station
• Newcastle borough: Ryecroft/Knutton Lane island improvements, mini roundabout improvements Scot Hay Road Silverdale, Kidsgrove town centre traffic management scheme, Chatterley Valley sustainable transport improvements
• East Staffordshire borough: Uttoxeter transport package, transport improvements at Branston, High Street improvements Burton, Waterloo Street improvements Burton