M54 to M6 Link Road

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M54 to M6 Link Road

Received 15 May 2020
From Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce

Representation

Mr Andrew Kelly – Project Manager M54 M6 Project Team Highways England 2 Colmore Square Birmingham B4 6BN Dear Mr Kelly M54 to M6 Link Road – Planning Act 2008 Section 56: Notifying Persons of Accepted Application. The Infrastructure Planning (Applications Prescribed Forms and Procedure) Regulations 2009: Regulation 9 Thank you for your letter of 9th March 2020, concerning the above. Staffordshire Chambers’ of Commerce is the voice of the business community in Staffordshire. With more than 1,200 member businesses across the county and beyond, we represent our members’ views on the local, regional and national issues affecting their business. In response to your letter of 9th March 2020, we have asked our Stafford Chamber Local Area Advisory Board and our Transport Forum, to provide an overall response to proposals to build a new road, which will link the M54 and M6 North, in the south of Staffordshire. We feel that the proposed road is a much-needed link road and would certainly benefit the whole of the Staffordshire Chambers' area. The proposed road would help to create a new link from the M54 onto the M6 North and this would help to reduce traffic on local routes including the A460 in and around the village of Featherstone and also along the A449 through Penkridge and as far as north as its junction with the M6 near Stafford. This will serve to improve connectivity between Stafford/mid Staffs and the M54 Corridor to the north of Wolverhampton. Further afield, the proposed road would also help to reduce traffic heading between Staffordshire and Shropshire along the A53 and A519. A significant proportion of this traffic is made up of HGVs and such a reduction will bring much needed relief and improvement to environmental quality of life in rural communities in places like Eccleshall & Woodseaves. The proposed road will serve to reduce congestion on local roads but we would like to suggest that consideration is given to creating access onto the M6 Toll. This would allow traffic from Wales and Shropshire to feed onto the M6 Toll, offering a route which would completely by-pass the congested M6 stretch through the West Midlands conurbation, particularly at times when congestion is increased by road closures. In addition to the previous points, we would like to suggest that any structures would need to be designed to be considerate of National Grid heavy loads. We would like to be kept posted of any proposed changes to structures at M6 (junction 11) and M54 (junction 1), which may be re-aligned. As a dual carriageway link, we would welcome any updates to be confirmed, prior to final design. If you would like to discuss any of the points raised in this letter, my colleague Declan Riddell, would be happy to hear from you : [email protected] Yours sincerely, Sara Williams, CEO, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce