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£6million road improvements planned for A34 Meaford route

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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A £6m major improvement programme on the A34 will help support the transformation of the largest undeveloped brownfield site in Staffordshire and help create 2,500 jobs, say civic leaders.

Staffordshire County Council has applied to the Department of Transport for Pinch Point funding for the scheme and is expected to submit a planning application later this year for a new roundabout and a second junction to access the Meaford Major Employment Site under development by regeneration firm St Modwen.

Staffordshire County Council's deputy leader Ian Parry said: "Together with the creation of the Redhill site and a further 2,500 jobs the A34 is fast becoming its own corridor for growth in Staffordshire.

"These improvements will not only allow access to the site but will ease congestion and help improve road safety in the area by improving access to and from the A34."

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A drop-in session with information on the plans will take place between 3-8pm on January 29 at the George and Dragon in Meaford View.

Councillor Parry said: "I hope as many people as possible come along and find out more about our proposals to support the regeneration of the site to bring new jobs to the area.

"This is the largest undeveloped brownfield site in the county," he said. "We are committed to supporting plans to regenerate sites such as these which will help to create around 2,500 jobs for the people of Staffordshire."w

If planning permission is granted work on the project could start as soon as 2013.

The improvements will be at the A34 Meaford Road and Meaford Road and Rookery Lane junction with 500 metres of the work on Meaford Road, 400m on the A34.

The flooding issues around a culvert on private land would be addressed before the scheme began.

A council spokesman said they would be working with contractors to minimise any inconvenience to motorists and residents.

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