MOTORISTS are due to face almost a year of traffic disruption when work begins to install a new roundabout.
Tutbury Road will be plagued by 47 weeks of roadworks while work takes place to create a new roundabout and install pedestrian crossings at the entrance to the 500-home development at Glenville Farm.
The roundabout, which will replace traffic lights on the site, is one of a number of schemes taking place around the Staffordshire County Council site, which will also include the new St Modwen’s School.
Councillor Simon Tagg told the Mail: “The creation of the new roundabout and new crossings will not only ease traffic flows, but importantly make the area safer for pedestrians crossing the road locally.
“This really is great news for local families and we will be keeping them up to date with progress on the scheme as we head towards the summer and start work on the roundabout during the school holidays.”
Staff are due to set up the scheme after Easter, with work beginning in earnest on April 28.
Phase one will see work taking place to divert all utility and telecoms pipes and cables, and work will start on the roundabout in August, during the school summer holidays.
Access to properties and businesses will be maintained throughout the work, and temporary traffic lights will be used where necessary.
Other aspects of the £1.6 million project include: resurfacing of the road and footpaths, upgraded street lighting, new street furniture and landscaping on the roundabout and smaller islands on feeder roads.
Further work is expected to take place along Rolleston Road to create another access point, though details have not yet been released.
The development scheme has been a cause of great concern for nearby residents, who are concerned about the increase in traffic, especially at peak times.
But Councillor Liz Staples, who represents Outwoods for East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “Residents don’t particularly want new developments but it is down within our Draft Plan and if we have to have it,”