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Water works cause further delays for traffic

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

09/01/14 Roadworks on Shobnall Road - Shobnall Road, Burton
Roadworks on Shobnall Road..

09/01/14 Roadworks on Shobnall Road - Shobnall Road, Burton Roadworks on Shobnall Road..

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ROADWORKS have again been causing traffic misery on one of the main routes into Burton.

Water works in Shobnall Road have led to traffic backing up in both directions along the often-congested route, clogging up a nearby already busy junction.

It is the latest in a string of repairs which have taken place along the road in the last few months, many of which have been connected to a new development there.

A spokesman for South Staffs Water, which is behind the works, said: “Our contractors IWS are doing work at the request of Bellway Homes to lay new mains and connections for the new properties.

“We have got two-way traffic lights, which we are operating manual controls for at peak times, in order to relieve traffic congestion as much as possible.”

The work started at the beginning of the week and is due to last until the end of the month.

However, as with all works of this nature, there is a chance they may finish early, the water company spokesman said.

On the website roadworks.org, which lists work taking place around the UK, Staffordshire County Council said the Shobnall Road scheme was a ‘high impact’ one, and would be likely to cause delays.

Since last year, staff from developer Bellway Homes have been carrying out construction operations on a site which is adjacent to the canal.

Five families have already moved into properties on the site, arriving days after the gas, electricity and water was connected to the first batch of homes.

Of the 81 houses due to be built there, 16 have now been sold.

The continuing issues come ahead of a major development which will impact further up Shobnall Road, following the approval of a ‘new community’ at Branston Locks.

A total of 2,500 new homes, a school, care home, restaurant, hotel and other community facilities were given the go-ahead by East Staffordshire Borough Council planners towards the end of last year.

People in the area have raised concerns over the potential impact this and other developments, such as the homes at Red House Farm, will have on roads.

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