Staffordshire starts spending extra £20m maintenance cash

Staffordshire County Council will spend £750,000 upgrading a stretch of the A34 as the first scheme in a £20m increased funding package for maintenance work.

The edge of the carriageway will be strengthened and the drains will also be improved during the project, which starts on February 27 and is expected to take 10 weeks.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet recently approved an additional £20m investment in the county’s road network which will be spent on preventative maintenance work over two years.

This cash is in addition to the extra £30m that the county council added to the highways budget in 2009.

County Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “Well maintained routes through our villages and towns have a big impact on the local economy which is why this major upgrade is so important.

“By investing in the highways network, we can attract new businesses who are keen to make the most of Staffordshire’s excellent links with the motorways and A and B roads.

“This helps to create more jobs for the county’s residents, which is vital in challenging financial times.”

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