08:00 Saturday 21 December 2013

Top cop in vow to make 'vital' changes to A38

Written byROB SMYTH

Steve Maskrey Steve Maskrey

BURTON’S top cop has reiterated the need for major safety changes to the A38 - after it was revealed that objectors are threatening to scupper the project.

Steve Maskrey, chief inspector of the East Staffordshire Policing Team, spoke out after it was revealed that complaints by three people about the increase in time and cost that they would incur as a result of the project saw the scheme shelved into the problem is resolved.

Chf Insp Maskrey, who was one of the spearheads behind the move to close dangerous gaps and lower the speed on sections on the road, told the Mail why he thought that it was ‘vital’ that the plans had to go ahead.

He said: “I remember speaking to the officers involved with the crash that saw two sisters lose their life on this road and saw a renewed effort to make changes to improve safety on the road.

“It had a massive impact on the officers and for them, and for the family of those who died, I wanted to push through these changes.

“During investigations afterwards, it became clear that the closure of central reservation gaps and a speed limit reduction would make a massive impact.

“I am very disappointed with the news that people have objected to these changes.

“It is very simple - the road needs these improvements and then it will be safer to everyone who uses the A38.”

The objectors, who have complained about the rise in the cost of a taxi to their homes along the road and also an increase in travel time to and from their properties, have been approached by the Highways Agency to withdraw their opposition to the plans.

Until a decision is reached, the scheme, set to start in January, have been placed on hold.

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