Work to improve routes for cyclists and pedestrians in Burntwood is being proposed as part of a plan to spend £69million on highways projects in Staffordshire.

The funding is being proposed by Staffordshire County Council over the next year.

The authority said the money would mean “improving signs, junctions and provision for pedestrians and cyclists in Burntwood”.

Cllr David Williams, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“Often small schemes can make a big difference to their communities, which is why we’re looking at many projects that affect villages, or very specific parts of our towns.

“These local initiatives complement the multi-million investments and that’s one of the reasons each county councillor also has an allocation of £7,000 a year to put towards local projects however they think best.”

Cllr David Williams, Staffordshire County Council

Other improvements proposed for the funding pot include upgrading traffic monitoring systems and refurbishing signals across the county.

“Staffordshire has thousands of miles of highway network, from busy A-roads to narrow country lanes, that we maintain to keep this county connected.

“Our spring campaign of patching and repairing potholes caused by winter freezing and flooding will begin soon and there is always more to be done, but by investing millions of pounds in new roads, footpaths and cycleways, as well as improving junctions, signs and lighting we are prioritising schemes that make our highways safer for all and boost the county’s economy recovery from Covid-19.”

Cllr David Williams, Staffordshire County Council

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  1. Sorry but they are not kidding anyone. As Lichfield Live revealed on the 2nd of March: The County Council has a 23% cut in pothole funding compared to the previous year! You can fool some of the people some of the time – but hopefully not on May 6th

  2. What about doing something for pedestrians who have to thread their way along pavements that have now become carparks where you cannot get past with push chairs prams and most important
    Mobility scooters with out stepping out into often busy roads.

  3. Why won’t the council spend just a fraction of the millions they plan to spend on roads to keep pedestrians safe on pavements as it is we have thread our way through parked cars quite often pushing a pram or pushchair or more importantly mobility scooter you have step out into a busy road let’s do as London where pavement parking is illegal.

  4. I’ll be on the lookout for that new, long-awaited footpath between Burntwood and Lichfield … That’s FOOTPATH, not a few extra lines painted on the ROAD!

  5. How about spending part of this £69million on putting double yellow lines outside schools and around corners and at road junctions. I see so many vehicles abandoned, not parked, by schools. Double yellow lines mean no parking or at least it did when I passed my driving test but apparently it’s ok to ignore them during school drop off and pick up times.

  6. Each Councillor gets £7k to spend how they think best?If that councillor has zero interest in cycling or walking, they’re not really best-placed to spend it wisely. I hope people are consulted on this as most people won’t have a clue this is happening. Having said that, £7000 will get very little in terms of structural change.

  7. Spot on Richard e jones, it’s about time pavement parking was made illegal, and of course enforced. Those pushing prams, disabled (including blind or partially sighted) are forced out into the road, and danger. If drivers can’t find somewhere suitable to park, that’s their problem, don’t make it everyone else’s.

  8. It is good news though. If executed properly and not piece meal. Exactly Clare Sholl. A real footpath. Remember those.

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