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A38 changes will ‘save lives’ - MP

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

By ROB SMYTH

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‘I THINK these changes will save lives’ were the words of Burton’s MP after highways bosses confirmed the closure of ALL ‘dangerous’ gaps in the central reservation of the A38 and the implementation of a speed limit restriction.

Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths revealed that experts from the Highways Agency and road maintenance firm Amey agreed that the implementation of these changes would ‘see a drop in the number of accidents’ along the accident-plagued road.

Mr Griffiths said that he was ‘chuffed and delighted’ with the news that would increase safety for drivers who regularly have to navigate the A38.

He told the Mail: “The fact that the Highways Agency have listened to the concerns that I raised with them and done something about them is excellent.

“I was always of the view that the gaps needed closing as they were a risk to motorists.

“It is a real breakthrough that the Highways Agency agreed that these gaps must be closed.”

Along with the closure of the remaining gaps between the Branston and Barton under Needwood, it has also been recommended that a 60mph speed restriction be put in place between the Branston Interchange and Barton Turns.

Mr Griffiths added: “I think we have achieved the objectives of the campaign and we are know close to improving the safety of the A38 for everybody who uses it

“I think these changes will save lives in the long run.

“It is not a case of if these changes get put into place, it is a case of when.

“I have no doubt that when these changes are in place we will see a drop in the number of accidents along the stretch of the A38.

“I am really chuffed and delighted with the news.”

This comes after the first gap near the Branston junction of the A38 was closed in September after a survey of the road by the Highways Agency and road maintenance firm Amey deemed that it was ‘vital’ it was closed with immediate effect.

Calls for radical changes came after a succession of serious accidents culminated in the deaths of sisters Parveen Kauser and Raheela Altaf near the Branston junction in May.

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