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Concerns put to bosses over growth to A50

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 27, 2014

By Jenny Moody

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BUSINESSES, traffic calming measures and increased traffic were just some of the issues raised with council chiefs in a meeting to discuss multi-million pound plans to improve the A50.

Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for economy and infrastructure, joined Uttoxeter Town Council's committee meeting to allay any fears and answer questions regarding the A50 growth corridor plans.

He was joined by James Green, the A50 growth corridor manager, and Andy Mason, the senior project manager, to discuss proposals to improve the trunk road to support the creation of 8,000 jobs, the development of 1,800 homes, ease congestion and improve safety.

It has been split into two projects with Project A focusing on the improvements to the west of Uttoxeter and will see the creation of a new junction.

If Project A is approved and completed, highways engineers will then examine proposals for Project B which will focus on improved safety and reduction of traffic delays by the removal of two roundabouts and the creation of a new junction.

Although Councillor Winnington said he could not discuss the business affected by the plans as they are currently dealing with a district valuer and it was confidential, he did reveal that no decisions had yet been for the final plan on Project B and it will be subject to a consultation before a planning application is submitted.

Increased traffic on New Road and plans for changes was a major concern raised, as well as removing the MacDonalds roundabout and the changes proposed in the consultation documents for Project B.

Councillor Winnington confirmed that traffic calming measures would not include speed humps but 'swerves' in the road.

He said: "Project B is not in consultation at the moment as we don't know what it will finally look like."

Councillor Riley told the county council chiefs that they were not against improvements to the A50 and in fact welcomed them and the growth they will bring to the town. However, there were issues with Project B that needed resolving.

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