MAJOR business and transport development projects picking up the pace throughout 2020 will pave the way for more job creation, Staffordshire’s economic growth leader has said.
Both Stafford and Lichfield will see significant progress on road construction projects this year which will bring housing, multi-million-pound business investment and new jobs.
Construction of the Stafford Western Access Route and Lichfield southern bypass is well underway.
In addition, development at some of the county’s main business parks such as i54 South Staffordshire and Kingswood Lakeside continues.
Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said that while near full employment is continuing, the focus would remain on creating better-paid jobs.
Statistics out today show that 2.1 per cent of Staffordshire residents claim out of work benefits, lower than both regional (3.8 per cent) and national (2.9 per cent) figures.
Mark Winnington added: “In 2020 we’re going to see significant progress with our main transport and business construction projects, namely the Stafford Western Access Route, Lichfield southern bypass and i54 South Staffordshire western extension.
“These projects are vital for future growth, bringing in investment, new homes, jobs and improving connectivity. Working with our partners we will make every effort to ensure that jobs created as a result are of good quality, higher-skilled and better paid.”