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Plans submitted for Staffordshire link road

Words: Laura Edgar
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Highways England has lodged an application with the Planning Inspectorate for a link road between the M54 and M6 in south Staffordshire.

The project is being considered under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime.

There isn’t a direct motorway link from the M54 to the M6 north, which according to the Highways England website for the project, means “high volumes” of long-distance and local traffic use the local roads to travel along this route. The government’s Road Investment Strategy identified there was a need for this route in 2014.

Improving the link between the M54 and M6 should relieve traffic congestion on the A460, A449 and A5. Highways England also intends to enhance facilities for local residents, pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, support local economic growth, and keep the right traffic on the right roads by separating long-distance and business traffic from local traffic.

The Planning Inspectorate is yet to decide whether to accept the project for examination.

More information can be found here:

Planning Inspectorate

Highways England

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