Major transport projects in Staffordshire were given a huge boost today after a successful bid for £20 million of Government funding.
The winning schemes, which include improvements on a stretch of the A34, will aim to cut journey times on busy roads, boost bus services and enhance walking and cycling routes.
Staffordshire County Council made the successful bid for £19.836 million from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund.
More than £9 million of the award will fund work at either end of the A34 between Stafford and Cannock. In Stafford there will also be the creation and maintenance of walking and cycling routes from Radford Bank to the town centre.
And in Cannock there will be walking and cycling routes to complement the planned town centre regeneration and link to the train station.
Other projects include a £6 million road improvement scheme at the junction of the A38/A5121 in Burton, which will open up land to homes and business development.
Around £4.2 million will be spent across the county on low emissions or electric-powered buses for busy routes, as well as on improving bus stops and changing priority at junctions.
David Williams, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “The common factor among these projects is that they link communities in key areas and make it easier, safer and greener to travel between home and work, particularly along some of the county’s most important roads.
“And as well making travel easier and improving air quality, these changes will also support regeneration and job creation.”