A MAJOR road improvement scheme to support increased economic growth in Staffordshire will be completed months ahead of schedule.
Staffordshire County Council successfully bid to the Government's pinch-point fund – which aims to remove bottlenecks restricting economic growth – for the scheme in East Staffordshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands.
It will result in junction improvements on the A50 to Alton corridor, easing traffic flow around Rocester near the JCB world headquarters, and north around Denstone towards Alton Towers.
This week sees the improvements on the B5030 at the Station Road and High Street junctions completed.
New roundabouts have been installed on the junctions to improve traffic flow and have finished on schedule after starting in November.
Now work can begin on the next phase which will see a new roundabout installed at Denstone at the junction of the B5031 and B5032.
This work is beginning six months ahead of schedule following discussions with local businesses.
As the project is taking place during summer months, there is less chance of delays due to weather and longer working hours means it will be more cost effective.
The new roundabout will replace a T-junction which can lead to obstructions with larger vehicle movements.
It will be built on land off the road, causing minimal disruption to traffic.
Staffordshire County Council leader and local county councillor Philip Atkins said: "This is a busy route used by traffic accessing JCB's headquarters and Alton Towers.
"They are both major businesses employing hundreds of people, with Alton Towers attracting thousands of people to Staffordshire each year."