Meaford Road opens as part of job boosting business development

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A major Staffordshire highway scheme which will support a business development creating up to 2,200 jobs reaches another milestone this week with the opening of a newly aligned road.

Meaford Road, off the A34 near Stone, re-opened on Wednesday after being closed for 12 months as part of the project which will pave the way for the construction of the new business park and gas fired power station by developer St Modwen. The scheme has also included reconstruction of part of the A34 where a new roundabout has been built, allowing easier access to the site.

The project was the county’s second Government Growth Deal funded project to get off the ground and included the construction of new roundabouts on Meaford Road at its junctions with the A34 and Rookery Lane to allow easy access to the business park site. Meaford Road has been realigned and a new 300 metre road built into the business park. Access for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders is also being improved. Some traffic management will be needed on Meaford Road at some periods over the next few weeks while final works are completed.

Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader Mark Winnington said:

“The reopening of Meaford Road is a big milestone in this project and will be welcomed locally. The Meaford scheme is an important one for Staffordshire as it will pave the way for over two thousand jobs and significant investment. This is the largest brownfield development site in the county and one we all want to see brought back into productive use. Our supporting works have not just been about building new roundabouts – it’s creating all the infrastructure that will make the site developable. We would again like to take this opportunity to thanks 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.”

The whole scheme has included:
• Building a new roundabout on A34 at its junction with Meaford Road
• Realignment of Meaford Road and junction with Meaford View
• Building a new roundabout on Meaford Road at its junction with Rookery Lane
• Building a new 300 metre-long road into Meaford Business Park
• Improving access facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders
• Enhancing landscaping features
• Improving traffic signs and road markings near the junction of Rookery Lane with Washdale Lane.

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