Major scheme in Stone to support county growth moves to next phase

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Work to support the creation of a business park near Stone moves to its next phase later this month.

The scheme, which was the county’s second Government Growth Deal funded project to get off the ground, has seen the construction of new roundabouts on Meaford Road at its junctions with the A34 and Rookery Lane to allow easy access to the Meaford Business Park site. The on site development will be carried out by St Modwen.

Now the site’s utility services are being installed, with the first phase on Meaford Road already complete. This will continue along the A34 and onto the B5027 Newcastle Road in Stone from Monday October 26. This part of the scheme is scheduled be completed by Friday December 18. In order for the works to be carried out safely, one lane of Newcastle Road will be closed from the A34 Fillybrooks junction for around 150 metres and a one-way system put in place. It will mean traffic will only be able to travel in a north-westerly direction out of Stone towards the A34. There will be no access off the A34 onto Newcastle Road at the Fillybrooks roundabout. A temporary bus stop will be placed between the Trent Road junction and the railway bridge for buses going into Stone.

Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader Mark Winnington said:

“The development at Meaford will bring a derelict brownfield site back into productive use, regenerate the area and see the creation of over 2,000 jobs. Providing the roads and services to this site is an essential first phase of the development and we want to complete this work as quickly as possible. We understand that these are busy roads and would like to thank people for their patience while the scheme is carried out. This is an important development for Staffordshire which will bring real economic benefits to our county.”

People can find out more at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/meaford and on Twitter @Meaford_Dev