A major road works project that will support i54 South Staffordshire has been completed.

The Vine Island/Stafford Road Highway Improvement Scheme was designed to support the i54 development and handle the anticipated increase in traffic in the coming years.

Major improvements have been carried out including the remodelling of the roundabout and enhancements to the Bee Lane/Stafford Road junction.

Other features include new 'Toucan' crossings across Stafford Road and Wobaston Road to provide safer pedestrian access, a shared cycle and footway, a new service road to give safer access to shops and new car park spaces for shoppers and businesses.

The scheme was anticipated to be finished by the end of this year but the work has been completed around 4 weeks early.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: "I am delighted the Vine Island Highway Improvement work has been completed ahead of schedule.

"This is an extremely important project that is supporting the exciting i54 development which is already providing a huge boost to the local economy.

"By improving the Stafford Road/Vine Island junction, we have ensured that we are in a position to accommodate anticipated increased traffic that i54 will bring.

"We have worked hard to get this finished as quickly as possible in order for the area to reap the benefits and keep disruption down to a minimum.

"I would like to thank all road users, residents and businesses for their patience and co-operation throughout this work."

i54 South Staffordshire is being developed in partnership between Wolverhampton City Council, Staffordshire County Council and South Staffordshire Council.

The site will bring thousands of jobs and a host of benefits to the local economy, providing a huge boost to the future prosperity of the region.

Jaguar Land Rover are investing over £500 million in a new engine manufacturing centre at i54, bringing with it almost 1,400 new jobs and thousands more in the supply chain. Global companies Moog and Eurofins have already set up bases at the site and last month, ISP (International Security Printers), started work on a new 5 acre development.

Further highway improvements to support i54 are currently underway at Wobaston Road. The £3.6 million scheme will create a significantly improved transport route for residents and businesses and is expected to be complete by winter 2014.

  • released: Tuesday 3 December, 2013