WORK to improve an accident blackspot in Rocester to help cut congestion and boost economic growth has now reached its next phase.
Staffordshire County Council has revealed that surfacing work on the B5030 is now taking place in both directions near to the High Street junction.
The work is expected to last for two weeks and drivers are urged to leave more time for their journey as three-way temporary traffic signals will be in operation 24 hours a day.
Simon Tagg, the council’s cabinet support member for transport, said the work to complete the development is now well under way.
He said: “Work is well on schedule on the improvement scheme with construction of the roundabouts under way. This will significantly improve traffic flow along the corridor and will play an important part in supporting business expansion in Staffordshire.
“This work is vital for future business expansion and increased prosperity in Staffordshire and also to ensure we are meeting the demands on our network.
“The route is used by traffic accessing JCB’s headquarters and Alton Towers – both major employment sites and flagship Staffordshire businesses which are seeing continued success.
“We will be doing everything we can to minimise disruption to motorists, but would advise people to allow extra time for their journey or to look for an alternative route if possible and I would like to thank everyone in advance for their co-operation and patience.”
The development itself is part of the wider A50 Growth Corridor development and is being funded from the Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund and will see investment to the B5030, which links with the A50 to the south and the B5032 in the north.
The scheme is one of three initiatives which received an allocation of the Government’s Local Pinch Point fund. Successful projects needed to show they could get off the ground quickly and make an impact straight away.
Additional Government funding is supporting major improvements of the A50 Growth Corridor.
Residents can follow progress of the works online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/rocesterimprovements or on Twitter @Rocester_Imps