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Roadwork scheme moves into final week

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 26, 2013

  • 26/04/13 Road Works - Bridge St, , Burton Road Works on Bridge St, Burton and the One Way System - Traffic on Beaufort Rd, Brizlincote Valley

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A BURTON firm has come up with a unique way of coping with being at the heart of roadworks that have caused chaos across the town.

Staff at Bluespoint, based in Roebuck House, Anson Court, has been using its website to upload regular traffic updates and even photos of the gridlocked carriageway.

The IT recruitment firm began posting to the web in an effort to keep customers up to date with the problems and also to reveal what it was like to be stuck in the middle of the Staffordshire County Council improvement work.

News of the firm’s web activities comes after highway bosses asked drivers to ‘bear with us’ as the work entered its final week.

Half of the main resurfacing work has now been completed on the Wetmore Road and Bridge Street scheme, with the whole project on schedule for completion by Friday, May 3.

Today, the project switched to Bridge Street, which will mean it will be closed to westbound traffic from Stapenhill Road to Horninglow Street.

Eastbound traffic can travel towards Stapenhill and Winshill on the newly resurfaced road.

Paul Boss from the county council’s highways team, said: “This project is essential in making sure town centre roads are maintained to the best standard.

“There have unfortunately been some unavoidable delays – however there will be real long term benefits to all road users. It is not an option for us to let roads deteriorate.

“There are a number of diversions in place which we’d urge people to use to help ease congestion during this final week.

“The team has been working at weekends during the main part of the project to get the job done as quickly as possible.

“Again we’d ask people to bear with us through the final week of the work and would like to thank them for their patience.”

The authority added that advance notice road signs have been displayed since before the work started, warning of possible delays.

This highways team has also met with businesses to discuss the impact the work may have.

lHave you been affected by the traffic chaos that has engulfed the sound? Comment online at burtonmail.co.uk

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  • Larroi  |  April 28 2013, 8:49PM

    Terrible planning from start to finish. 1. Should have scheduled the closures during the school holidays (less traffic). 2. Worked evenings (or even 24 hrs) and weekends. (3 days work would have been completed in 1. Three weeks of road closures down to one week). 3. Adjusted the traffic light timings (to help traffic flow). Paul Boss is extremely naive. Stating there will be "some unavoidable delays" is laughable. The whole area was gridlocked from the bridge to Repton and beyond. He should be compensating businesses for lost income as many, many people would have shopped elsewhere. I bet he'll do exactly the same again in the next town. No one is ever accountable for this type of mess and will ever do anything to learn from it for future projects.

  • babymomma  |  April 27 2013, 8:00PM

    The roadworks are simply rediculous. The impact on small businesses must be awful. I have not been into the town centre since the day after the works began. I have not been able to avoid travelling in the gridlocked conditions, taking more than an hour everytime i want to get across town. Several times it has made me late for work, and for school pick up times. On one ocassion I was stuck for an hour with my poorly baby in the back, who quickly got very distressed and hungry and wet. There was nothing I could do to make the journey more comfortable for baby, and I was horrified thinking about how many other parents were in the same situation with their kids. Burton traffic planners should be ashamed.

  • Truthmonkey  |  April 27 2013, 11:26AM

    How much money have businesses lost in staff being late, drop in sales, late deliveries? Staffs highways are awful at organising anything and have a truly awful call out response to incidents. The works could have been completed quicker and more hastle free by working shifts for longer hours or a better thought out traffic management system which incorporated changing the timings on the traffic lights around town. As per normal tho its the worst option for Burton

  • Arkwright  |  April 27 2013, 11:26AM

    The ones shown in the queue's are those that had to go into Burton, many more just turn round and go somewhere else. I know I was one of them. This has cost Burton £thousands and its time Burton took control of these things themselves, rather than some desk bound clerk in Stafford that has probably never even visited Burton. Time to put the wheels in motion to create a Burton unitary authority and break away from the incompetance from Staffordshire county council.

  • Cruella  |  April 26 2013, 8:03PM

    Just a thought but wouldn't an imge of Burton taken from the air be wonderful to illustrate how bad the problem is.

  • Cruella  |  April 26 2013, 7:42PM

    Follow the diversions to ease congestion? Has this person ever watched the traffic? The town is gridlocked there is nowhere to go. There was nobody working last weekend or any weekend to my knowledge. The whole thing is a shambles and the idiot who decided where to put the road closed signs couldn't organise a box of tissues