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By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

14/01/14 Update Pics - B5030 Rocester - Rocester, Uttoxeter
Phase 2 on B5030 development, rocester.

14/01/14 Update Pics - B5030 Rocester - Rocester, Uttoxeter Phase 2 on B5030 development, rocester.

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ROUNDABOUTS are set to be installed at a critical point in a popular commuter route out of Ashbourne as part of on-going works to improve traffic flow.

Staffordshire County Council has revealed the work to improve the A50 to Alton corridor has moved on to its next step as work continus on the B5030 at the Station Road and High Street junction in Rocester, near JCB world headquarters.

As part of the surfacing work the road layout will be changing, so the council is asking people to drive with extra care and pay attention to signs giving information about the road layout.

The work will be taking place this week and three-way traffic signals will be operating for 24 hours a day until it is completed.

The signals will be manned during peak times to ensure the traffic flow is balanced, but people are being asked to plan extra time for their journey if using this stretch of road at any point this week.

By Saturday the new south roundabout at the Station Road junction will be up and running, subject to weather conditions.

Funding has come from the Government’s Local Pinch Point Fund which aims to remove bottle-necks on the road network that can restrict economic growth. Simon Tagg, the authority’s cabinet support member for transport, said the work to improve the major commuter route was well on target to be completed as planned.

He said: “Work is well on schedule on the A50 to Alton growth corridor improvement scheme with construction of the roundabouts under way.

“This will significantly improve traffic flow along the corridor and will play an important part in supporting business expansion in Staffordshire.

“The route is used by traffic accessing JCB’s world headquarters and Alton Towers – both major employment sites and flagship Staffordshire businesses which are seeing continued success.

“There may be some additional delays next week while work is carried out and so we’d like to thank people in advance for their patience.”

The B5030 links with the A50 to the south and the B5032 in the north, where further improvements are due to take place in 2014 up to Alton Towers.

People can follow progress on the works online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/rocesterimprovements

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