A £2 MILLION project to improve a notorious road near Ashbourne is set to begin.
Work on the B5030, between Ashbourne and Rocester, linking the town with JCB and Alton Towers, is due to start in a few weeks following the securing of £2 million funding from the Local Pinch Point Fund to remove bottlenecks on local highways.
The project will see two roundabouts installed to improve access from Rocester and the adjacent JCB world head quarters.
The road will be also be widened and a new lower speed limit will be brought into place to prevent accidents.
William Singleton, site manager for Balfour Beatty, the contractor in charge of the project in conjunction with Staffordshire County Council said the plans would produce ‘better access’ once completed.
He said: “The first step is to divert a number of services including gas, water, electric and communications cables as there are a lot of abandoned services.
“The plan will eventually lead to a reduced speed limit, a wider road and two roundabouts to control the flow of traffic.
“With Alton Towers traffic it will go from 4,000 cars to 12,000 overnight so we will need to plan carefully for when the park re-opens.
“Overall, there will be better access to the village and JCB when work is complete with the two new roundabouts.”
Anthony Fowell, Rocester resident and JCB employee welcomed the plans.
He said: “It’s a much-needed improvement, access has been horrendous and it’s much-needed for the village.
“During the works it will be a pain at peak times but it’s worth it - it needs doing.
“My one concern is busses turning around in the village and kids crossing the road without supervision.”