Tackling potholes, improving road safety, boosting cycling and upgrading access to local rail stations are at the heart of investment by Staffordshire County Council to improve roads and help people travel safely across the county.
The proposals for more than £35m of investment will help maintain the county’s 6,000km of roads and 4,500km of footpaths, improve road safety and give families better access to cycle routes and train stations.
Mark Deaville, Cabinet Member for Commercial, said:
Good roads are important for the council, for communities and for businesses, not just for getting from A to B safely, but for supporting economic growth and better access to jobs, education and learning.
This year’s investment will help us keep on top of road maintenance, improve road safety in local communities by introducing speed limits, better signs and installation of pedestrian crossings, as well as promoting greener travel with more cycle routes to not only help people get to get to where they want to go, but do so in a way that is good for their health and good for the environment.
Maintaining a road network the size of Staffordshire’s is always going to be a challenge and investing an extra £5m to tackle the historic backlog of lower risk potholes will help us get on the front foot and allow us to focus on getting the best from our roads for the budget available.”
Proposed schemes for this year include:
The Burton Town Centre Regeneration Project – Working with East Staffordshire Borough Council to design longer term transport solutions for New Street, Union Street and High Street
Improved access to Rugeley Town Rail Station – Access between platforms is currently via a footbridge with no facilities for those with mobility issues
Corporation Street, Tamworth – Investigation and design work for improvements to the area
Alrewas-NMA-Croxall cycle Route Phase 2 – Continuation of the cycle route after delivering Phase 1 in 2015/16
Sustainable Transport Connections to Stafford Riverside – Review of existing cycling routes to the retail centre
Keele University to Newcastle A525 cycle route – Delivery of improved cycle routes identified by Sustrans for students
A522/A52 speed reduction between Cheadle and Werrington – In response to calls from community and local councillor after accidents
Upgraded bus stops along Great Wyrley to Bloxwich Routes 1 and 2 – These public bus routes are served by the Sapphire buses and investment aims to improve use and allow better access for people with mobility issues
The funding comes from a range of sources including the county council, national grants, Growth Deal schemes and developer money.
The 2017/18 Highways and Transport Capital programme for 2017/18 was approved by the county council’s Cabinet on July 19.