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Misery for drivers due to roadwork problems

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 18, 2014

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ROADWORKS on busy roads in Burton and South Derbyshire used by thousands of drivers each day have left motorists facing lengthy delays.

Work is currently taking place on the A511 Ashby Road, Stapenhill Road and the A444 Burton Road, in Castle Gresley, leaving drivers facing long queues when trying to navigate across the road networks in the area .

South Staffordshire Water is working to replace water mains in Ashby Road, at the junction with Queensland Crescent, Winshill.

The firm is also investigating another issue in Stapenhill Road, with both works requiring the need for temporary traffic lights.

The issues in Castle Gresley stem from work being undertaken by developer St Modwen after traffic lights were put in place to halt criticism that lorries turning in and out of the site were causing issues for motorists.

Colin Wayper, operations director for South Staffordshire Water, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and would like to thank motorists in advance for their patience while we work in the area.”

The water giant revealed that three-way traffic lights would be in operation from 9.30am to 3.30pm, until Friday, March 28, in a bid to make sure there would be no impact on rush-hour traffic.

The work is the completion of a scheme to lay new mains in the area which began last year, and dates for the work have been agreed with Staffordshire Highways.

It is believed that the work in Stapenhill Road was to address an emergency issue which was set to be resolved, and the traffic lights removed, at some point later today.

Several changes have been made outside the entrance to the St Modwen site in Castle Gresley because concerns had been raised by residents and councillors.

Traffic light systems were put in place to reduce the risk which was posed by lorries entering and leaving the site.

Members of South Derbyshire District Council’s enforcement team were also looking at the issues.

Other issues included mud left on the road by vehicles and illegal parking.

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