Work to create cycle and pedestrian paths along a section of a major new relief route in Stafford has now been completed.
The paths have been installed along both sides of Martin Drive, Castlefields, which will form part of the Stafford Western Access Route. They link the Newport Road with the National Cycle Network 55 – the Millennium Way which runs between Stafford and Newport. Crossing facilities at Redgrave Drive have also been improved.
Construction work on the new route is set to begin late this year or early 2019 following the completion of the compulsory purchase order (CPO) process.
The route will link the A518 Newport Road and the A34 Foregate Street north of the town centre. It will ease congestion in the town centre particularly around the railway station as it prepares for HS2 connection and delivery of the £500 million Stafford Gateway development. It will also improve the road network to enable much needed homes to be built in the town.
Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said:
The western access route is in the delivery of future regeneration in Stafford and we look forward to the main construction work beginning.
An important part of the scheme is the integrated sustainable transport facilities, with cycle and footpaths along the route. The Castlefields improvements form part of this and also provide a safe off road link from the Newport Road to the NCN55 Millennium Way.
Projects such as the £500 million Gateway scheme, which will transform the area around the station, are dependent on the scheme. It will ease congestion around the station and also lead to the development of hundreds of much-needed homes in the county town.”
The new road is being built on land between Martin Drive, Doxey Road and Foregate Street and is expected to be completed in 2021. Work to improve the Foregate Street and Browning Street junctions was completed last summer.