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Stafford Western Access Road
Mark Winnington (left) with LEP chairman David Frost at the Stafford Western Access Road's information board.

Road junction improvements set to begin as part of major growth project

Work to improve main road junctions as part of a major growth project in Stafford begins this month.

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.

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 will see signals upgraded and lead to improved vehicle capacity at the junctions. A new left turn lane will be created on Browning Street on the approach to the A34. Work will start in the week beginning February 20 and be carried out in phases before completion in the summer.

People can view plans and find out more here.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said:

The Stafford Western Access project is progressing well and upgrading the junctions on Foregate Street will help to create the gateway to the new road from the north. While people may not see significant changes, the work will include essential signal upgrades to prepare for the increased number of vehicles. Work is scheduled to be completed by the summer and the road will remain open at all times. We’d ask people to allow some additional travel time as there will be lane closures. Completion of this stage of the project will be another significant milestone towards the future growth of the county town.”

The A34 work is being carried out before the start of the M6 Smart Motorway scheme between junctions 13 and 14. Highways England plans to deliver this scheme in 2018.