COUNCIL chiefs are considering pedestrianising Burton’s High Street in a bid to put an end to the controversial bollards scheme, it has been revealed.
Mark Winnington, from Staffordshire County Council confirmed that talks had been held with East Staffordshire Borough Council and bus operator Arriva over putting in place proposals that could see the route only used by delivery vehicles at set times to prevent drivers putting lives at risk by tailgating buses and crashing into the traffic management system.
Separately, county council chiefs is looking at the feasibility of using automatic number plate recognition should it be decided to keep the bollards lowered.
This announcement comes just one day after the Mail reported how Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths called for both councils to ‘get their heads’ together in a bid to put an end to a stalemate which has seen the bollards out of use since March in a row over funding.
Councillor Winnington, the county council’s cabinet member for rconomy and infrastructure, said: “The safety of residents is the absolute priority for both councils and we are committed to working together to prevent lives being put at risk by people ignoring the traffic rules or tailgating buses.
“We are looking at the options to see what works best for Burton and want to resolve this as swiftly as possible.”
Julian Mott, leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “We are committed to working together to find a workable, affordable and safe solution to benefit pedestrians, businesses and market traders, bus operators and motorists.
“At this stage, this is just a potential option and we will need to look in greater detail before making any decisions about changes to traffic management.”