RESIDENTS living close to major roadworks in Burton have voiced further anger after more traffic was pushed through the area following further road closures.
People living in Tutbury Road said that traffic is now being diverted from the A50 between the Toyota Roundabout and A516 at Hilton, which is currently closed between 8pm and 5am, via the A38 and onto the A511. The road was first closed on June 2, but as work continues, drivers are now finding alternative routes.
As a result, lorries and other heavy good vehicles are using the road, causing noise pollution while they are tailed back at the four-way traffic lights close to the Beacon Hotel on the junction of Tutbury Road and Harehedge Lane. However it has not been confirmed whether an official diversion is in place, or that drivers are making their own decision to use the route.
One resident living close to where the the lights are situated and who does not want to be named told the Mail: “It isn’t just cars coming by, it’s 40-tonne articulated lorries that would normally be on the A50, A38 or M1 coming through and they make such a noise.
“The heavy traffic started at around 9pm on Monday night and didn’t ease up until about 1am, it’s ridiculous. You also have other vehicles coming through, blasting music and things with no consideration for the people living in the area.
“I currently have trouble sleeping anyway, but this has also been having an effect on my wife as well.”
The resident said that he had tried to contact both Staffordshire and Derbyshire County Councils, as well as the Highways Agency but could not be offered an explanation as to why drivers had all of a suddent decided to use the A511.
He said that he was told people living in the area could expect to see a contination of increased traffic in Tutbury Road until the end of the week, when the A50, which has been closed so that resurfacing and general maintenance, will reopen overnight.
A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council told the Mail that if an official diversion is in place, then it it is the responsibility of the Highways Agency to make sure that the route to be used is suitable for traffic to flow through.