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Feedback given on A50 growth corridor project

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 07, 2014

By RICHARD BENNETT

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COMMUTERS have been giving feedback on a multi-million pound government investment program to promote economic growth along the A50 growth corridor.

The investment will see the major trunk road improved in two separate projects with ‘project A’ creating a new junction to the west of Uttoxeter to support housing and a new business park.

‘Project B’ will focus on improved road safety and the reduction of traffic delays by the removal of two roundabouts and the creation of a new junction to the east.

Staffordshire councillor Mark Winnington, said: “These two projects will support businesses and communities right along the A50 delivering growth, jobs and investment along the corridor linking the East and West Midlands.

“These projects are excellent news for communities and businesses alike and will also cut congestion, reduce journey times and help improve safety on this busy trunk road too.”

If planning permission is granted, work on ‘project A’ is expected to begin in December.

A planning application for ‘project B’ will be considered separately at a later date.

Around 900 people have already attended public drop in events to find out more about the two projects which will help support the creation of around 8,000 jobs, the development of 1,800 new homes, reduce congestion and improve road safety.

The two projects are being funded by the Department for Transport and are being designed and delivered by the county council on behalf of the Highways Agency.

Andrew Butterfield, asset development team leader at the Highways Agency, said: “Good roads are vital for economic growth and the Highways Agency has already started working with Staffordshire County Council on preliminary design work on this scheme to help unlock growth around the A50.”

To find out more visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/a50growthcorridor

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