Road Works on A51 between Tamworth and Lichfield Begin Next Week
Work to improve infrastructure around a new nationally important Ministry of Defence medical facility near Lichfield which will house more than 1,100 personnel will start next week.
Staffordshire County Council’s highways team will be working with contractor Balfour Beatty and begin the work for the MoD on Monday. It will involve creating a new roundabout off the A51 and access road to the site.
While the majority of personnel will be moving from a facility in Aldershot, it is expected that there will be some job creation locally.
Cabinet member for highways and transport Mike Maryon said the opening of the Midlands Medical Accommodation (MMA) was another addition to Staffordshire’s economic success story.
“Having such a prestigious facility here is great news for Staffordshire. The movement of more people to the barracks is good for the local economy and we’re pleased to be able to play our part in delivering the infrastructure needed to make the facility a success.
“Whittington Barracks is an established part of Lichfield and Staffordshire’s heritage and will continue to play an important part in the county’s future regeneration.
“While we do anticipate some delays for traffic in coming weeks, we would ask for people’s understanding as this really is essential work which will contribute to the county’s prosperity.”
All of the work is being funded by the MoD and will include the building of the new roundabout, widening of the road a new street lighting. Work will begin on Monday November 14 and last for around 20 weeks.
A turf cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction at the site was held in September and was attended by Staffordshire County Council’s Vice Chairman Bob Fraser. The new medical training facilities will include a learning centre, lecture theatre, living accommodation and welfare facility.
Surgeon Vice Admiral Philip Raffaelli, Surgeon General of the Defence Medical Services, said:
“My headquarters has been in DMS Whittington for over a year and I have been hugely impressed by the warm welcome we have received from the local community.
“The expansion of Whittington Barracks will ensure that DMS personnel will receive the best possible training and preparation for operations in state of the art facilities.
“The continued investment in the West Midlands demonstrated by this project reflects the importance that is placed on delivering the highest quality healthcare to our service personnel at home and around the world.”
Temporary traffic signals will be used throughout the highways works and a 20mph speed restriction will also be in place.