Good progress is continuing on a project to build a new access road which will pave the way for multi-million pound development, new jobs and relieve town centre congestion.
Staffordshire County Council is now well into the process of buying land and making access arrangements for construction and future maintenance of the new Stafford Western Access Route.
This route will link the A518 Newport Road and the A34 Foregate Street north of the town centre. It will enable thousands of homes to be built and the delivery of the £500 million Stafford Gateway development. The route will also ease congestion in the town centre, particularly around the railway station as it prepares for HS2 connection.
The process of purchasing all sections of land could take up to 18 months. Funding for the route has come through the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, the county council and developers.
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 in the summer. Other preparatory work for the road has included a flood compensation scheme at Doxey Marshes – work that was recognised through an award from the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said:
We are pleased with progress being made on the project and are now well into the process of purchasing the land that will carry the route. There are nine landowners and different issues with each parcel of land. This is just a necessary part of any major road building project. We can then look to begin construction on the different sections.
“The western access route is vital for the delivery of future regeneration in Stafford, particularly the £500 million Gateway scheme, which will transform the area around the station. It will also lead to the development of hundreds of much-needed homes in the county town and ease congestion around the station. We’re on schedule to begin the main construction towards the end next year.”
The county council’s cabinet will discuss a progress report at its meeting next Wednesday.
People can view plans and find out more on the Stafford Western Access Route webpage.