Closure of main road connecting Stone and Eccleshall is delayed following highways talks

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The closure of a main road across the M6 near Stone will be delayed following talks by the county council and Highways England.

This will allow essential maintenance of a nearby road to go ahead over the coming weeks and enable people and businesses to travel with less disruption. Work on the M6 overbridge, which carries the B5026, had been due to begin next week. The Highways England contractor Kier has now agreed to delay this work until September.

A maintenance project on the nearby Meece Road starts on Monday June 20 and is due to finish on August 19. Road closures are needed in order for both projects to be carried out safely. Meece Road connects Norton Bridge with Cold Meece.

People will can find out more about this and other planned works by visiting www.roadworks.org

Staffordshire County Council’s highways leader Mark Deaville said:

“We have been in talks with Highways England which has now agreed to delay its work until the autumn which is good news for people and businesses in that area. Having the B5026 closed at the same time as Meece Road was clearly unworkable and unacceptable as it would have meant long diversions for people trying to reach Stone. With the Meece Road scheme out of the way, people will be able to use this route to travel to and from Stone when the M6 bridge works start. While this will present some inconvenience, we hope this is better news for communities affected. We’d like to thank them in advance for their patience. We’re still talking to Highways England about the detail of the bridge works and we’re grateful to them for delaying the project. We’d like to assure people they will receive update from us as soon as possible.”