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Helen Fisher with Stephen Rose from developer Bellway Homes at the completed rail bridge in Tamworth.

Recognition for growth boosting Staffordshire road schemes

Three major highways schemes in Staffordshire have been recognised by a top industry body for their quality of design and enabling the delivery of future economic growth.

The county council and its partner Amey received the recognition by the Institute of Highway Engineers last week.

The projects were improving the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme for pedestrians and cyclists; creating the gateway to the new Branston Locks business and housing development near Burton and building a new 56 metre pedestrian and cycle steel rail bridge to access a new housing development in Tamworth.

In Newcastle, the highways team worked with Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and walks and cycle charity Sustrans to create a scheme in High Street and Hassell Street. This has improved pedestrian connections from the town to the bus station and the area around the war memorial. The scheme will complement other town centre improvements.

At Branston Locks, the highways team has created the gateway to new housing, business and leisure development by realigning Branston Road and building a new canal bridge. The road will pave the way for multi-million pound investment in the site which will include 2,500 houses, 50-acre employment site, a primary and secondary school and community and recreational facilities.

The Tamworth project has seen the creation and installation of a 56-metre pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Birmingham to Derby railway, connecting a new housing and school development of Ashby Road. It involved close working between the team, the housing developer and Network Rail.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:

Our highways team does a tremendous job and its work is vital for Staffordshire’s connectivity and economic growth.

These three projects which have been recognised by the industry are all different but have all involves complex design, intricate planning and close partnership working – with a range of organisations and with local communities.

The finished schemes ensure there is safe and suitable access to new and existing development and have literally paved the way for future growth.”

Richard Harris, account director for Amey in Staffordshire, added:

I’m incredibly proud of the highways teams who work tirelessly to deliver highways improvement projects across Staffordshire, and to be recognised by the Institute of Highways Engineers for all three projects is a real achievement.

Each project has supported greater investment into the county and demonstrates how our local roads contribute towards the growth and wellbeing of our local communities.”

The awards were presented at an event by the Institute of Highway Engineers (Mercian branch) on Thursday.