A major road heading to a village near Burton has reopened - a week ahead of schedule.
With the town grinding to a standstill while major work is carried out on Burton Bridge, there is some good news as Branston Road, in Tatenhill, opened up this afternoon, Monday, June 18.
The road closed on January 2 to allow highway works associated with the new £30 million John Taylor Free School to be carried out.
The works involved the removal of the existing road, construction of a new carriageway and roundabout together with a pavement and cycleway, the installation of new services, plus kerbs, road markings, traffic signs and street lighting.
It was due to open at the end of last month but bad weather at the beginning of the year led to work being delayed.
Temporary traffic lights will still be in place on the road for the next four to six weeks, while the remaining works are completed.
Staffordshire county councillor Helen Fisher, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "These roadworks were essential to ensure the infrastructure in place for businesses, future residents, and those attending the new school.
"Although we know the length of the road closures has not been ideal, highways officers have been working hard to speed up works and get the road open as soon as practically possible.
"Now, residents will be able to use this brand new road and see the amount of progress being made in the area."