Growing the County town and beyond

Trebor building at Redhill Business Park

I keep repeating that growing our county remains a priority for the County Council and stagnating is not an option. Just this week we have seen the start of the next major phase in the Stafford Western Access Route project, all part of our ambitious growth plans for the town.  Not only will it help to improve traffic flow, but will help unlock millions of pounds worth of future investment, enabling future development and more jobs.

This latest phase will see the junctions of the A34 Foregate Street with Greyfriars Place and Browning Street upgraded to form part of the new route.  Improving traffic flow through the town has always   been an important part of the project and this essential work will help ease traffic by linking Foregate Street and the north of the town centre with the Newport Road on the western side of the town.

It really is an exciting time for Staffordshire as well as our county town.  Only last month we welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond to the county for a visit of the new GE facilities at Redhill.  GE, who are Stafford’s biggest employer, are expanding their operations on the site which is great news for the area.

Elsewhere in the county, work to improve a junction on the A449 in South Staffordshire which will provide access to the Bericote Four Ashes development starts next week. Construction of Spanish automotive parts firm Gestamp’s new base is also well under way. Both i54 South Staffordshire and Redhill in Stafford are at near full-occupancy. Site development is progressing at Meaford Business Park near Stone, while the county council’s highways team continues its work in building the new Branston Road near Burton which will serve a major business, housing and leisure development.

By planning ahead, we have been able to provide the infrastructure and sites and the development of a skilled workforce to be able to attract and hold major companies. This in turn provides some great local opportunities for higher skilled, better paid jobs and puts money in people’s pockets to spend in our town centres in their leisure time.

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