Barton-under-Needwood. Pic: Google Streetview

A £450,000 bid to improve roads in a village near Lichfield will move a step closer to completion next week.

Barton-under-Needwood. Pic: Google Streetview

The Better Barton project is being delivered in three phases, with stage two starting with the installation of new kerbs and resurfacing around St James’ Square.

Drawn up by Barton-under-Needwood Parish Council and Staffordshire County Council, the scheme will also include new timber bollards along the length of Main Street within the square, a reduction in road width and raised surfaces to reduce traffic speed.

Previous work has included the creation of a new mini-island and the widening of footpaths.

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr Helen Fisher, said: “The community input has been invaluable in ensuring this is the right scheme for the village.

“We are pleased with the way it has turned out. It will not only help improve road safety and traffic flow but will also improve the gateway into the village.

“Barton-under-Needwood is a busy village and the improvements being made will all help to provide a more welcoming visitor experience and help to reduce congestion.

“It’s a great example of what can be achieved when local communities and other partners come together.”

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