The news of a three month closure to one of Burton’s busiest bridges has caused outrage and concern among residents who use it daily to go about their business.
Last week it was revealed that St Peter’s Bridge, in Stapenhill, would close for three months to replace "life expired" bearings, which if left to deteriorate, would result in a weight limit being introduced on the bridge.
Although the news was only revealed on Thursday, the words "standstill" "chaos" and "gridlock" immediately cropped up on social media.
In the hope of easing some of those fears, we have put together some suggestions for alternative routes and our top tips to avoid getting stuck in traffic when getting to work, nipping into town for shopping and manoeuvring around the roadworks.
To get to Stapenhill using Tesco as a starting point
If you are travelling to Stapenhill from the other side of St Peter’s Bridge near to Tesco, the easiest route is to go straight across the island to Orchard Street, then turn right and make your way down Union Street and Guild Street where you will come to the police station on Horninglow Street.
When you get to the end of the road turn right at the junction to get to Burton Bridge. Then use the one way system to get to the swan junction. Once there turn right on to Stapenhill road and then at St Peter’s island go straight ahead to Main Street which will lead you through Stapenhill.
Fancy avoiding the town centre?
If you are in a rush and would like to avoid the traffic lights in Union Street/Guild Street or the town centre, it would be best to go straight across the island near to Tesco into Orchard Street.
At the next island (commonly known as Asda island) take the first exit into Evershed Way. Go straight ahead at the traffic lights until you come to the next island which is at the junction of Anglesey Road and Moor Street. Head straight over the roundabout into Shobnall Road and at the next island (with B&Q on your left) turn right into Wellington Street. Once you have passed the Town Hall on your left, filter into the right hand lane before turning right and then immediately getting into the left lane where you should turn left into Derby Street.
At the next island, the Derby Turn, turn right on to Horninglow Street then stay on that road until you get to Burton Bridge.
To get to Swadlincote/Woodville/Ticknall/Hartshorne/Newhall/Calke/Ashby
If you are setting off from Tesco, the easiest route is to go straight across the island to Orchard Street, to the junction at New Street. Travel straight ahead at the traffic lights into Union Street, past Sainsbury's on your left. Go straight ahead at the Station Street junction into Guild Street until you get to the junction of Horninglow Street, with the National Brewery Centre on your left. Turn right and stay on the road until you get to Burton Bridge.
Cross the bridge and once you get to the Swan Junction carry on up the A511 Ashby Road and you will find directions for each of these destinations along the road.
If you are making your way from Swadlincote to Burton you may opt to go through the back roads. If you start at Sandcliffe Road, you can head through Repton Road along Main Street all the way to Repton and then through Newton Solney to the Swan Junction on Burton Bridge.
If you would like to miss out Burton altogether then you can travel through Repton, along Willington Road and through Willington where you can get on the A38 southbound via the Toyota Island.
To get to Stapenhill/Overseal/Lullington/Twycross/Netherseal/Walton/Rosliston
If you are travelling to Stapenhill from the other side of St Peter's Bridge near to Tesco, the easiest route is to go via Orchard Street, to the junction at New Street. Travel straight ahead at the traffic lights into Union Street, past Sainsbury's on your left. Go straight ahead at the Station Street junction into Guild Street until you get to the junction of Horninglow Street, with the National Brewery Centre on your left. Turn right and stay on the road until you get to Burton Bridge.
Once across the bridge you get to the Swan Junction, turn right into Stapenhill Road. Once you get to St Peter's Bridge island, turn left onto the A444, Stanton Road.
If you are coming from Overseal to Burton you can use back roads to take you through Lullington, Edingdale and Croxall which will take you to the Alrewas turn off where you can get on to the A38.
It is worth noting that St Peter's Bridge, will be closed to both vehicles and those on foot so if you are planning to walk into town, the Ferry Bridge will be your best way in. The closure will also provide an opportunity for motorists to get a bit more exercise if they wish to park their cars somewhere safe that will not present an inconvenience to others and walk across the Ferry Bridge.
St Peter’s Bridge will close on August 29 and is expected to reopen in November.