Work to create a new access route to a £160 million designer retail outlet has been completed.
The major highways project was carried out to improve roads around the under-construction McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock to provide access and improve traffic flow on the surrounding roads.
The final phase of the £15 million highways project included the resurfacing of the Lichfield Road roundabout and the A460 – between the Hayes Way roundabout and the Lichfield Road roundabout.
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “This has been a huge project for our highways team and for Cannock and the surrounding areas.
“We’re pleased to have played our part in ensuring the right road infrastructure was put in place ahead of the opening of the MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands.
“This development will provide jobs for local people and bring in thousands of visitors each week, providing a great boost to the county economy.
“While the Covid-19 outbreak has undoubtedly been challenging for our highways teams across Staffordshire, they have continued throughout wherever safe to do so.
“It has meant this project has been completed on schedule. We know over the last year there has been unavoidable disruption and so we’d like to thank people and businesses in the area for their patience. We’re confident this will bring long-term benefits to communities and the local economy.”
Cannock Chase Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green in September 2016 following extensive consultations with the local community.
On-site construction of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet started last summer. When it opens, it will create 1,000 jobs for the local area.