Mar 23 2023
A multi-million-pound project to support Stafford’s regeneration has been completed and is now fully open to traffic.
The Stafford Western Access Route will ease congestion in the town centre, particularly by Stafford railway station, and is supporting residential and commercial development.
Construction of the £63 million project began in summer 2019 and work has continued safely through the pandemic period.
The final section crosses a new viaduct which has been built over the River Sow to provide the connection to Madford retail park and the A34 Foregate Street.
The project has included the transformation of a former car park into a marshland wildlife habitat, flood compensation works, the plantation of 2,360 trees, installation of bat boxes and mammal crossing and the creation of 2.2km of cycling routes.
The road has been funded by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund, as well as developers and both the county and borough councils.
LEP chairman Alun Rogers said:
The Stafford Western Access Route is one of our major successes which will deliver growth, attract investment and support job creation for our communities.
It will play an important role in our longer-term economic recovery. The completed route will complement the Stafford Gateway project and our future HS2 connections.
The project demonstrates to people, business, future investors and the government the successful working across the public and private sectors in Staffordshire.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport David Williams said:
The Stafford Western Access Route is a huge project for the town and Staffordshire, and one of the biggest engineering schemes the county council has undertaken in over a decade. Marking its completion highlights what an achievement this has been for all the partners involved.
This project is playing a major part in supporting the county town’s future growth – unlocking development sites for new homes, businesses and community facilities.
The team has worked hard throughout the pandemic period to keep the scheme on schedule, and we have ensured there has been comprehensive engagement with communities and businesses throughout which has been extremely important. We’d again like to thank nearby residents for their understanding while work has taken place and to all partners who have made the project a success.
The road links the A34 Foregate Street at Madford Retail Park to the A518 Newport Road Castlefields junction.
The scheme will include improved conditions for bus services, pedestrians and cyclists. There will also be environmental benefits through the redevelopment of areas of derelict land and landscaping along the route.
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