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MP says A38 changes are needed despite claim

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 31, 2012

By ROB SMYTH

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A38 North Bound Near the Branston Exit

RTA / RTC A38 North Bound Near the Branston Exit

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‘THE needs of many outweigh the needs of the few’ were the words Burton’s MP used after residents who live near the A38 hit out against changes to the closure of hazardous gaps in the central reservation that lead to their properties.

David Wilkinson, of Lichfield Road, revealed that residents felt that they were not properly consulted over changes that will see the closure of the remaining gaps between the Branston and Barton under Needwood and the implementation of a 60mph speed restriction.

However, MP Andrew Griffiths said a consultation by the Highways Agency was not needed as the changes were needed to make sure the A38 was ‘safe for drivers’.

Mr Griffiths told the Mail: “When public safety is of major concern, the Highways Agency and the police have to act in the best interest of the public.

“In most cases, of course there must be an opportunity to allow people to get their views across but surely issues such as it taking a little extra time to get home don’t outweigh the need for better safety on the A38.”

Previously, the Mail reported how residents had been opposed to the plans since they were first mooted – claiming that the closures would add ‘significant’ minutes to journey times as well as devaluing their properties.

Mr Wilkinson said: “We just feel like we have not been consulted properly.

“No-one in this street wants the changes. For many it will five miles to a journey.

“All residents have never had a problem on the road – it is just other drivers.”

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 last year.

Mr Griffiths added that the changes, introduced by the Highways Agency, would ‘save lives’ and ‘reduce the number of accidents’.

The changes will be put into place when funding is secured.

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