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A50 work could start by year end

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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A MULTI-million pound vision to transform the A50 into a ‘jobs growth corridor’ could begin by the end of the year.

Staffordshire County Council has revealed plans for the Government investment deal – to support business and drive economic growth in Staffordshire – are hoped to be submitted by spring with work potentially starting on the first project in late 2014.

Residents are also invited to share their views on the plans as they go out consultation from Monday until March 10.

The council said the improvements to the A50 growth corridor promises to enhance a crucial transport link between the East and West Midlands and help to bring up to 8,000 new jobs to the area.

The investment will see the major trunk road improved in two separate projects around Uttoxeter, with Project A creating a new junction to the west of the town to support housing and a new business park and Project B focussing on improved safety and reduction of traffic delays by removing two roundabouts, currently a cause of congestion, and the creation of a new junction to the east.

Mark Winnington, the council’s cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, said: “These two projects will support businesses and communities right along the A50 delivering growth, jobs and investment along the corridor linking the East and West Midlands.

“Improving roads and other infrastructure to keep goods and people on the move is vital as we strive to improve Staffordshire’s economy, creating a connected county where businesses are attracted to invest and grow. Ultimately leading to more jobs and prosperity.

“Securing this Government funding for these projects is excellent news for communities and businesses alike and will also cut congestion, reduce journey times and help improve safety on this busy trunk road too.

“I hope as many people as possible take the time to have their say on these exciting proposals.”

Residents and businesses can find out more about the two projects at public drop-in sessions taking place at Uttoxeter Racecourse from 1pm to 8pm on Tuesday and from 11am to 8pm on Monday, March 3.

Details of the funding for the projects for the trunk road, which is managed by the Highways Agency, was announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander in December 2013 as part the National Infrastructure Plan.

Andrew Butterfield, asset development team leader at the Highways Agency, said: “We want our roads to support economic growth and these major road improvements developed by Staffordshire County Council will do just that on the A50 near Uttoxeter.”

More information is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/a50growthcorridor

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