Motorists using the A50 in Staffordshire are now reaping the benefits of quicker, easier and safer journeys following the completion of £43 million worth of improvements.
The work on the A50 to deliver an upgraded junction with the A522 to the west of Uttoxeter also supports the creation of jobs and new homes and has been carried out as part of a £15 billion investment in England’s roads.
The project has seen a new bridge installed, the old one demolished, the building of three new roundabouts and slip roads.
A 3.5m-wide shared footpath and cycleway has also been introduced along the A522 as part of the upgrade.
The completion of these huge improvements is now helping to ease congestion and improve safety on this stretch of the A50 which is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands.
And the upgrade, delivered by Staffordshire County Council on behalf of Highways England, will benefit both major employers and their workforces between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire.
The junction provides better access to new housing and employment sites to the south of the A50. It also improves access to the existing and new factories to the north of the A50.
Highways England Midlands regional director, Catherine Brookes, said: “Highways England is delivering major investment in the country’s roads and the work that has been completed on the A50 is a significant achievement.
“As well as making journeys quicker, easier and safer, it supports business opportunities and the creation of jobs and new homes in the area.”
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Jobs and Growth, said: “I am delighted that this major piece of engineering is such a success and will deliver so many benefits such as supporting the creation of new jobs and more homes locally, while improving road safety.”
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