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It's gridlock in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 17, 2013

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FEARS of traffic chaos in Burton have been realised as rolling road closures have gridlocked the town.

Work by Staffordshire County Council to improve the road surface in Bridge Street and Wetmore Road has been up and running since April 2.

However, 17 days of road closures have officially begun causing traffic to grind to a halt across the town.

Drivers are facing long delays along Derby Road and Horninglow Road as the town's infrastructure struggles to cope with diverted traffic.

Anyone who has a had a driving horror story today is urged to call reporter Rob Smyth on 01283 524860, email rob.smyth@burtonmail.co.uk or tweet @rsmyth24

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  • Waltons  |  April 18 2013, 8:42AM

    Why didn’t Staffs council choose not to undertake these improvements during school holidays? Why haven’t they contacted their counterparts at Derbyshire to extend the traffic light times at Walton ? This just shows that the new Bridge Tesco Island to Stapenhill needs extra lanes it is long overdue - and all this traffic chaos is before any major new housing developments in the town - Wake up county councillors & MP's the infrastructure around Burton needs improvements it can’t cope with what is 3 lanes across the river each way on 2 bridges.

  • Cruella  |  April 17 2013, 8:02PM

    The problem is made worse by so many people thinking the bridge is closed completely. If just closing Wetmore Road has caused so much trouble what will it be like when the bridge is closed completely. The town was a nightmare today, I just hope that steps will now be taken to alleviate the chaos so we don't have this mess for the next 3 weeks. The shopping area will suffer as anyone living t'other side of the water will be avoiding Burton like the plague.

  • Truthmonkey  |  April 17 2013, 3:57PM

    The problem is made worse as highways have not altered the timings on the traffic lights. This could have filtered the traffic out of the bottle necks quicker. They have closed the inside lane on Horninglow street too early prior to the Guild street junction, forcing traffic going to businesses on Horninglow street to queue up in the single lane turning into town. It seems those in charge of the roads are incompetent and have never driven through Burton!

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