14:02 Tuesday 23 April 2013

More traffic chaos looms due to overnight works

Written byROB SMYTH

05/04/13 Traffic Chaos - Wellington Rd, BurtonTraffic choas in the town centre as the police close the A38 between Branston and Claymills in order to recover a HGV that crashed and lost its load this morning. 05/04/13 Traffic Chaos - Wellington Rd, BurtonTraffic choas in the town centre as the police close the A38 between Branston and Claymills in order to recover a HGV that crashed and lost its load this morning.

DRIVERS heading into Burton could face even more traffic misery as a result of a series of overnight works.

The Highways Agency has begun a series of maintenance work along several parts of the A38.

This comes as town centre motorists are already facing chaos on the roads as a result of on-going carrigeway improvements around the Three Queens island.

News of these overnight works means that roadworks will now be taking place across Burton and the A38 24 hours a day until Sunday.

A spokesman for the agency said: “The northbound and southbound exit slip roads at Barton Island will be closed from 8pm until 6am until Friday for drainage works.

The northbound and southbound exit slip roads at Alrewas will be closed from 8pm until 6am until Sunday.

The northbound and southbound slip roads at Clay Mills will be closed from 8pm until 6am until Saturday.

The northbound and southbound slip roads at Branston will be closed from 8pm until 6am from Friday to Sunday.

“Diversions will be signposted.

“We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum.

“We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times.”

Rolling road closures around Bridge Street and Wetmore Road have now been in place for a week and have, at times, gridlocked town centre roads.

The situation is also currently being compounded by further roadworks on Rosliston Road, adding to the problems.

Misery on the roads is set to continue until at least early May - this is the date that Staffordshire County Council have estimated that the work will be completed and any diversions ended.

Calls have also been made for temproary changes to traffic lights at the Stapenhill Road end of Burton Bridge.

Many drivers feel that slight flow alterations would help traffic flow freer and reduce congestion.

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