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More traffic chaos looms due to overnight works

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 23, 2013

05/04/13 Traffic Chaos - Wellington Rd, Burton
Traffic choas in the town centre as the police close the A38 between Branston and Claymills in order to recover a HGV that crashed and lost its load this morning.

05/04/13 Traffic Chaos - Wellington Rd, Burton Traffic choas in the town centre as the police close the A38 between Branston and Claymills in order to recover a HGV that crashed and lost its load this morning.

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DRIVERS heading into Burton could face even more traffic misery as a result of a series of overnight works.

The Highways Agency has begun a series of maintenance work along several parts of the A38.

This comes as town centre motorists are already facing chaos on the roads as a result of on-going carrigeway improvements around the Three Queens island.

News of these overnight works means that roadworks will now be taking place across Burton and the A38 24 hours a day until Sunday.

A spokesman for the agency said: “The northbound and southbound exit slip roads at Barton Island will be closed from 8pm until 6am until Friday for drainage works.

The northbound and southbound exit slip roads at Alrewas will be closed from 8pm until 6am until Sunday.

The northbound and southbound slip roads at Clay Mills will be closed from 8pm until 6am until Saturday.

The northbound and southbound slip roads at Branston will be closed from 8pm until 6am from Friday to Sunday.

“Diversions will be signposted.

“We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum.

“We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times.”

Rolling road closures around Bridge Street and Wetmore Road have now been in place for a week and have, at times, gridlocked town centre roads.

The situation is also currently being compounded by further roadworks on Rosliston Road, adding to the problems.

Misery on the roads is set to continue until at least early May - this is the date that Staffordshire County Council have estimated that the work will be completed and any diversions ended.

Calls have also been made for temproary changes to traffic lights at the Stapenhill Road end of Burton Bridge.

Many drivers feel that slight flow alterations would help traffic flow freer and reduce congestion.

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  • Cruella  |  April 27 2013, 9:38PM

    To their credit I did see blokes working on the road today but the rain seemed to stop play in the afternoon, while I appreciate laying the new surface would have been difficult in the wet surely they could still have continued digging up the closed are of the bridge. I live near The Swan junction but today I drove to Swadlincote for the supermarket rather than risk getting stuck in the traffic today. I for one am dreading Monday. To those that don't now Wetmore Road seemed to be open yesterday and today.

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  • mrslovatt  |  April 26 2013, 7:48PM

    Having spent 2 hours this morning sat on the A444 trying to get to work, I would like to know where you get a permit to que jump and just cut in when ever you need to get ahead of the many people stuck in a most frustrating and infuriating stream of traffic? This has happened 3 times this week and whilst I understand these road works have to be done (albeit at the most disruptive times of day)unfortunately I have to point out that taxi drivers seem to be the worst offenders! Again I understand that they are trying to make a living, but I think this behaviour is completely out of order. WAIT IN THE QUEUE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!!

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  • Boris the Bold  |  April 26 2013, 4:49PM

    It took me nearly 40 minutes to travel from Tutbury Road to Union Street yesterday at 11.30am. Are these Road Works a cunning plan by the County Council to kill off Burton completely?

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  • Roger10  |  April 26 2013, 2:10PM

    Can someone from The Mail please ask the 'authorities' why no work is done during a weekend and why at 1500 on a sunny afternoon was there not a work man in site! Surely it would help everyone and reduce costs to local business if the work was being carried out dawn to dusk and seven days a week. Its madness not to use all the daylight hours.

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  • OnTheBuses  |  April 26 2013, 12:47PM

    Mr Smyth, I'd be grateful if you would point out to the quoted Highway Bosses that "may be slight delays" does not remotely describe turning a 20 minute journey into one of 2 hours.

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  • Cruella  |  April 26 2013, 12:18PM

    Well this morning was fun wasn't it ;-$

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  • Burhan  |  April 25 2013, 11:10AM

    Can somebody convince the highway authority/council to syncronise/alter the traffic light timings. There're big long que's on one side but not a single vehicle approaching from the other side. I'm gald that ReaderW's patience is reducing slowly because i've lost all of mine. Unfortunately, i'm one of those, who have no option to walk/bike to work. :-(

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  • UKBiker  |  April 24 2013, 7:05PM

    ReaderW- i accept that the road works probably could be better organised and that burton can be particularly frustrating at the best of times to drive through. I was merely pointing out the other end of the discussion, playing devils advocate. However i do find people complaining about the traffic everyday, which is something totally out of our control complain or not, more frustrating. Just a personal opinion. Phillch- its only another reason to have another beer. ReaderW- Hope you don't turn to the drink. 'Don't worry, Be Happy'

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  • UKBiker  |  April 24 2013, 7:05PM

    ReaderW- i accept that the road works probably could be better organised and that burton can be particularly frustrating at the best of times to drive through. I was merely pointing out the other end of the discussion, playing devils advocate. However i do find people complaining about the traffic everyday, which is something totally out of our control complain or not, more frustrating. Just a personal opinion. Phillch- its only another reason to have another beer. ReaderW- Hope you don't turn to the drink. 'Don't worry, Be Happy'

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  • ReaderW  |  April 24 2013, 11:58AM

    Perhaps we're losing the mainstay of this discussion. The main point that I and many others are attempting to make is that the roadworks have and are being dealt with badly, more consideration should be spent organising, sign posting and facilitating the one way systems and road closures that they are trying to implement during the roadworks and that the priorities on the traffic lights at each end of the bridge should be re-syncronised to recognise that some of the traffic light junctions do not have a traffic flow. Whether people decide to make a lifestyle choice to bike or walk to work, is a seperate discussion. Phillch - Whilst I'm pleased to hear that your belly size is reducing as a result of the roadworks, mine isnt reducing and with the roadworks being handled the way they are at the moment, it is only my patience that reduces daily!

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