THE leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council has pleaded with motorists in Burton to be patient while roadworks are carried out on a major route for almost a year.
Julian Mott revealed he held discussions with highways chiefs at Staffordshire County Council after being contacted by residents in the town regarding the impact 47 weeks of works on Tutbury Road would have.
A new roundabout is to be created and pedestrian crossings installed near the junction with Harehedge Lane to support the 500-home development at Glenville Farm, while the new St Modwen’s School is also being built in the area.
Councillor Mott said he had taken the views of some constituents to Staffordshire County Council, but conceded the work was necessary and that he hoped residents and motorists would understand that.
He told the Mail: “I have taken the issue up with the county council on behalf of constituents who say there are traffic lights there at the moment and it is not that long since they were put in.
“But the county council assure me it is what is needed at that junction with the additional traffic flow, additional school and houses and in terms of traffic flow, a roundabout is better than traffic lights.
Work is set to begin on April 28, meaning drivers can expect delays until next March.
Councillor Mott added: “Obviously 47 weeks is a very long time for motorists, but they say that is how long it is going to take. We have to hope people will be patient and recognise a faster traffic flow is what is needed.”
Tutbury Road is not the only major route in Burton where motorists face disruption this summer.
Gas mains being replaced in Burton Road, Branston, is expected to take around six weeks to complete.