More jobs and opportunities for Staffordshire people are in the pipeline after the County Council and partners secured extra investment from the Government this year.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent secured one of the biggest Government ‘growth deals’ in the country – money to help major business, transport and skills projects get off the ground from next year.
The Government has committed £82.2million from 2015/16 onwards to support a range of projects to help create up to 5,000 jobs in the county and in Stoke-on-Trent.
Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: “This substantial growth deal will mean more jobs and prospects for people right across Staffordshire. It follows a great deal of work and expertise in putting together our case through the strategic economic plan.
“In Staffordshire we have shown that we deliver big projects – i54 South Staffordshire, Redhill, Kingswood Lakeside and the new automotive skills hub in Tamworth to name but a few.
“We have completed major road improvements to aid business expansion and are about to begin a huge project on the A50. The hard work won’t stop here – there are a good spread of projects across the county which we know will bring more and better paid jobs to Staffordshire people. They will also bring long-term benefits to our economy, resulting in better health and quality of life for Staffordshire people.”
Details of the projects include:
- Lichfield Park: Bridge widening and local road improvements in Lichfield to improve access to the Cappers Lane employment area and the Lichfield Park employment site.
- Meaford, Stone: A new roundabout junction on the A34 will improve access to the Meaford employment site.
- Berricote Four Ashes, South Staffordshire: New traffic controlled access and road widening for the Berricote Four Ashes employment site.
- Stafford Western Access Route: Construction of the new Stafford Western Access Route will ease congestion in Stafford and facilitate further employment and housing growth..
Central Government has agreed provisional funding to the following projects starting in 16-17 and beyond:
- Branston Locks: Improvements to the Branston interchange including putting signals on the roundabout and widening of the A38 slip roads to reduce congestion and to allow new developments to take place.
- Local Sustainable Transport Package: A comprehensive and ambitious programme of sustainable