MAJOR improvements on a notorious stretch of road near Ashbourne have been completed ahead of schedule – with work now set to begin in a neighbouring village.
Changes have been made to the B5030 at the Station Road and High Street junctions in Rocester. New roundabouts have been installed to improve traffic flow.
The work has been undertaken as part of part of the Government's "Pinch-point Fund" – which aims to remove bottlenecks restricting economic growth.
Further improvements are planned on the A50 to Alton corridor, easing traffic around Rocester near JCB World Headquarters and north around Denstone towards Alton Towers.
Work is now starting six months ahead of schedule on the next phase, which will see a new roundabout at Denstone to replace the T-junction of the B5031 and B5032.
Staffordshire County Council says the project is taking place during the warmer months because there is less chance of weather-related delays and longer working hours.
Council leader Philip Atkins said: "We successfully bid for Government funding and needed to turn the project around as quickly as possible to demonstrate our commitment to increasing jobs, growth and connections in Staffordshire and cause minimum disruption."
Mark Turner, JCB group managing director of business operations said: "The flow of traffic into and out of JCB's World Headquarters is much improved which is a benefit to JCB obviously.
"It also benefits local residents as well because getting into and out of Rocester and Station Road is much more straightforward now."