£42.7m highways improvements package for county

Biddulph Valley Way is to be improved as part of a £42.7m package of highways improvements and transport schemes across the county for the 2020/21 financial year.
The funding includes Government grants, an additional £5m from the county council and funding from other sources, including developers and other authorities.
Projects include a range of road improvement schemes, road safety schemes, community improvements identified by local county councillors and countywide transport strategies.
The highways and transport capital programme 2020/21 was expected to be approved by the county council’s Cabinet at its meeting yesterday (Wednesday).
Cabinet member for highways and transport County Coun Helen Fisher said: “It is vital that we have a well-maintained road network and good transport infrastructure to support a well-connected and prosperous county.
“It helps to ensure that people are healthy and safe and that we continue to attract inward investment to Staffordshire. We’re pleased to set out our £42.7m investment plans over the current financial year. This will enable us to deliver a comprehensive package of schemes that will bring long-term and value for money improvements.
“We are aiming to continue highways and transport schemes wherever possible through the coronavirus restrictions period. We will take decisions on a project by project basis considering public safety, the safety of our employees and our suppliers’ operations.” Yesterday’s Cabinet meeting was due to be the first fully virtual Staffordshire County Council meeting, with all councillors joining proceedings online. The public could not physically attend the meeting room but could view the agenda papers online at https://bit.ly/34gf8zW