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Bridge demolition scheduled

A bridge spanning one of the Midlands’ major roads is to be demolished in a single weekend. The bridge, which originally carried the A522 above the A50 dual carriageway near Uttoxeter, has been replaced by a new bridge nearby as part of a multi-million project to deliver a safer, better junction for the two roads. The new bridge is already ...

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Tamworth sees near total superfast broadband coverage thanks to county roll-out

Tamworth now has near total superfast broadband coverage thanks to a county council scheme that’s making faster download speeds available to most of Staffordshire. The Superfast Staffordshire programme, run jointly with BT Group and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme, has helped to bring download speeds of at least 24 Mbps to virtually all homes and businesses across the ...

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Campaign to keep young bikers safe continues with latest event

Young bikers from across Staffordshire are being urged to attend the latest in a series of events as part of a campaign to promote safer riding on the county’s roads. Anyone attending will be offered a £50 voucher off the cost of their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course which allows them to ride on the roads. The Pre-CBT workshop takes ...

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Pupils rise to the challenge of new grading system

School exam - older children

Schools in Staffordshire are getting to grips with the new GCSE grading system, as hundreds of pupils across the county nervously await their results this week. Numerical grades have replaced the previous A*-G grades, giving schools more opportunity to get the very best out of their pupils. According to Ofqual the exams regulator, a grade 7 is today’s equivalent of ...

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Opening delayed as new school targeted by thieves

Children looking forward to starting the new school year in a brand new primary school have been left disappointed, after thieves stole copper pipes and caused extensive damage to the school’s heating and water systems. Thieves broke into the under-construction Henhurst Primary Academy a few weeks ago, stealing a substantial amount of specially-made copper piping and associated fittings from the ...

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Plan your journey in advance and enjoy the holiday getaway

rainy motorway

People are being advised to plan their journey if heading away for the August bank holiday and check online for the latest traffic information. Roads are expected to be busy from Friday and people are also being urged to check rail engineering schedules if they’re planning to travel by train. Due to engineering work there will be no trains to ...

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Businesses can benefit from full fibre broadband connection with voucher boost

Staffordshire businesses can improve efficiency through full fibre broadband connection using vouchers worth up to £3,000. The Government operated £67 Million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is available to all small and medium sized businesses and can either be for one company or a group on a shared network build. This is a future proof connection of up to 1gigabit (1000 ...

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Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this bank holiday

Gill Heath

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s August bank holiday markets or car boot sales. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, market events can attract traders selling counterfeit and illicit goods. The county council’s trading standards team coordinates the national Real ...

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Main road roundabout junction set for improvements

Work to improve a main road roundabout near Stone is set to begin next week. Initial work to replace kerbs and improve the footways and drains close to the A34/A51 junction at Aston will begin on Tuesday August 28. This phase of the scheme will last for a month. From October 1, road resurfacing will take place, with full closures ...

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Hundreds benefit from healthy lifestyle advice

Healthy old man

Hundreds of people aged over 50 across Staffordshire are benefitting from advice on how to improve their healthy lifestyle behaviour. Since June, Everyone Health Staffordshire has established 105 clinics that people aged 50 years and over who reside in specific target areas can access. Already, 272 people have been given advice that has made a real difference to their lives, ...

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