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Castle House in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Highways improvements providing access to Castle House to start next week

Highways improvements on the A527 Barracks Road in Newcastle are due to start on Monday 11 September.

The scheme will provide access to Castle House, the new building accommodating Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Police and Aspire Housing’s customer services team.

Work will include the resurfacing of an existing entrance to the site and the removal of a lay-by on Barracks Road to create a widened footpath adjacent to the new building. The works are expected to take around 3 weeks to complete.

To ensure the work can be carried out safely, lane 1 of the A527 Barracks Road (northbound) will be closed off. The footway on the western side of Barracks Road will also be closed throughout the works area.

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Transport and Highways at Staffordshire County Council said:

“This is an important project for us, providing access and paving the way to the exciting Castle House development in the centre of the town.

“The work is expected to take around three weeks to complete with some lane closures to make sure the work can be done safely.  Highways crews will be doing everything they can to minimise any disruption and I would like to thank people in advance for their co-operation and patience while the work is being done.”

Castle House, between Queens Gardens and the bus station, is opening in the autumn. The Borough Council’s move from its current Merrial Street base will allow the offices there to be demolished and the land added to the site of the former Sainsbury’s supermarket at Ryecroft, where developers are planning a £27.1 million development with retail units and student accommodation.