Work to improve main road junctions as part of a major growth project in Stafford has ended ahead of schedule today (Monday).
The upgrade to the junctions of the A34 Foregate Street with Greyfriars Place and Browning Street north of the town centre will improve traffic flow and form part of the Stafford Western Access Route project – providing the gateway to the new road. All traffic management along that section of the A34 has now been removed. The work had been due to be completed on Saturday.
The route is an essential part of Stafford’s ambitious growth plans. It will unlock millions of pounds worth of future investment in Stafford, enabling future development and improving traffic flow around the town.
The new route will link Foregate Street and the north of the town centre with the Newport Road on the western side of Stafford. This phase of the project has seen signals upgraded and work to improve vehicle capacity at the junctions. A new left turn lane has been created on Browning Street on the approach to the A34. Work started in February.
People can view plans and find out more on the county council’s Stafford Western Access Road information page.
Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said:
We’re pleased to have been able to complete this phase of the project ahead of schedule, though understand that while we have been able to keep traffic moving, there has been some disruption. We always forward plan to ensure this disruption is kept to a minimum. We’d like to therefore thank people for their patience while work has been carried out.
Upgrading the junctions on Foregate Street will help to create the gateway to the new western access road from the north. While people may not see significant changes, the work has included essential signal upgrades to prepare for the increased number of vehicles and some lane configuration changes.
Completion of this stage of the project is another significant milestone towards the future growth of the county town.”
The A34 work has been completed before the start of the M6 Smart Motorway scheme between junctions 13 and 14. Highways England plans to deliver this scheme in 2018.