A scheme to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists along the A449 in Rising Brook, Stafford, gets under way this month.

It will include new foot and cycle paths, improved crossing facilities, road junction widening and the introduction of a 20mph limit around the shops at Rising Brook. The scheme will be completed in March this year.

The new shared footway and cycleway will link Hesketh Road and Churchill Road by Stafford Manor High School. New foot and cycle paths will link the existing cycle path with Burton Square. A new pedestrian refuge in the road by the Royal Oak will make crossing safer and the existing pedestrian crossing will be moved closer to the school.

In addition, junctions will be widened at both John Amery Drive and Brook Glen Road with the A449. A new yellow box marking will improve the flow of right turning vehicles into John Amery Drive and Brook Glen Road.

People can see plans and find out more by visiting: http://bit.ly/2ixvY3S

Staffordshire County Council’s highways leader Mark Deaville said: “It is a priority of the county council to ensure people can travel safely whatever their mode of transport. The Rising Brook area is busy with people walking and cycling and contains the shops, high school and churches. This scheme will improve accessibility and safety and hopefully encourage more people to walk or use their bikes. It will also improve traffic flow on a busy stretch of the A449. We look forward to the completion of the scheme in the spring.”

The county council is investing £150,000 in the scheme.