Staffordshire road scheme moves to next phase

A road project which will pave the way to a multi-million pound business and housing development near Burton is progressing well with the construction of a new bridge.

The Branston Locks development will see 400 acres of land immediately west of the A38 developed with 2,500 new homes, a range of community facilities and a 50-acre employment site, which will be known as Quintus. The total investment in the area could be over £800 million.

The county council is delivering a package of road and infrastructure works which will enable Nurton Developments (Quintus Ltd) to move on site to carry out the main project, together with residential developers.

Recently taken aerial photographs show the extent of the ground works already undertaken and the project team has now started to build a new bridge which will take traffic from the A38 over the Trent and Mersey Canal to the new development on a realigned Branston Road. The existing bridge will link up with Tatenhill Lane.

Staffordshire County Council’s economy leader Mark Winnington said: “This project will lead to millions of pounds of additional investment, new jobs and new homes. It is another example of how the county council is working closely with developers and other partners to further increase Staffordshire’s economic growth and make it right for business and an attractive place to live and visit.”

The main road works will see Branston Road realigned in a northern direction over the new canal bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal, together with infrastructure to the business and housing development sites. The project will also improve pedestrian and cycle access to the future development and canal tow path. All works are expected to be completed by late summer 2017.

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