Hello and welcome to the latest Highways Bulletin.
This month we’re doing a special update on our investment in highways, and how we are transforming the way we work to be able to meet the needs of our residents.
More investment in our highways
As you might know, we recently announced an additional £15.5 million investment into Staffordshire’s roads.
This extra investment will make a real difference, but we are also changing the way we work to fix more roads and bring real benefits to residents and businesses.
Roads affect everyone, and we know people have very strong opinions about them, which is why we’re improving how we work and managing our performance. We’ll also be putting customer service at the heart of everything we do, and will be talking to you and many other residents and businesses across the county to make sure you’re getting the best customer service, value and quality.
Click on the button below to see County Councillor David Williams talk more about our investment.
Major resurfacing schemes happening soon
|Of the extra £15.5 million investment we’re making into Staffordshire’s roads, £5.2 million will fund maintenance schemes on major gateways into our towns. This is on top of an extra £1.6 million of structural maintenance work already taking place, which has been funded by the Department for Transport.
Resurfacing a road requires a lot of money, which means we are unable to treat all of the roads on our network that are in need of resurfacing. With the extra investment we’ve been able to prioritise an additional eight important roads across Staffordshire. These works are planned to start from September.
The eight roads that will be resurfaced are:
- A34 Walton Roundabout, Stone
- A51/A518 Weston Junction, Stafford
- A460 Wolverhampton Road, Saredon
- A5121 Uttoxeter Road, Blythe Bridge
- A5195 Ogley Hay Roundabout, Burntwood
- B4210 Broad Lane, Essington
- Station Road, Rolleston (Ph3)
- A34 Holmcroft, Stafford
We’ll give you more information on the schemes in future bulletins.
Mindfulness / Jubilee Garden – Brook Square, Rugeley
We’ve invested in a community initiative which will address environmental issues across the county.
This pilot sees us working together with our district/borough, town and parish councils, as well as local businesses and other community organisations.
One scheme we’ve been involved in is Rugeley Town Centre (Brook Square). We’ve worked with the town council and local businesses to create a beautiful space where local people can contemplate and reflect.
The work has been done through the town council, by a local company, and will be maintained by the community and Cannock Chase District Council. There has also been support from other local businesses who have donated materials and expertise.
Our highway teams will be pruning the trees in Brook Square, and County Councillor Peter Kruskonjic will be allocating some of his local highways funding to address existing issues outside of Brook Square and in the wider town.
This is a fantastic example of how by working with local organisations and communities, we can create something that will benefit everyone. And if you’re in Rugeley, feel free to check it out yourself.
Crews out and about
|This month we caught up with Woz and the crew who have been out fixing and replacing kerbs – these are kerbs that have become damaged or uneven and need either replacing, or resetting so they are level.
We repair around 35,000 highway defects each year and approximately 50% are pothole repairs. You may not always see us, but our highway crews are out and about taking advantage of the good weather to fix as many defects as then can, and make our roads as safe as possible. We’ll continue to update you on their progress every month.