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Major work on Burton Bridge began today and will last for up to 10 weeks as part of a £6.1 million improvement scheme.

The work is part of a major project aiming to strengthen and safeguard one of the main routes into Burton.

If the work is not done there is the risk that a weight restriction might have to be imposed on the bridge in the future - and the bridge might have to eventually close, a top county councillor has said.

'Support your shops' plea from business chief as Burton Bridge part-closure begins today

The work had been planned to start at the beginning of the year but was postponed amid fury from businesses hit hard after the closure of the town's other main bridge over the River Trent - St Peter's Bridge - last year. The repairs to the two bridges are part of £6.1 million improvement scheme.

Burton Bridge was due to close immediately after the reopening of St Peter's Bridge. However, following the backlash from businesses as shoppers gave the town a wide berth during the three months it was completely closed for essential repairs, the work was delayed until June.

Follow our live updates throughout today.

That's all today folks

Well the traffic has now calmed down in Burton and this it is from us for another day. We will be back at 7am tomorrow with all of your traffic and travel news.

Traffic is now starting to clear in the town centre

Traffic is now starting to clear in the town centre
Traffic is now starting to clear in the town centre (Image: Google Maps)

Traffic calms down in Willington

Traffic has now returned to normal in Willington, according to Inrix

Traffic still heavy near St Peter's Bridge

There is heavy traffic on the A5121 Orchard Street in both directions at the A5189 Evershed roundabout.

There is congestion on the A5121 Guild Street to the A511 Horninglow Street.

Reports of an accident in Burton

There have been reports of an accident in Uxbridge Street, according to Inrix.

The accident, which involved two vehicles, has happened around the A5189, outside the Delal Phone Shop, and there is currently slow traffic in the area.

We have no further information available at this time.

Heavy traffic in the town centre

Traffic is still heavy for those trying to get in and out of Burton this evening.

Wellington Road, Orchard Street, Union Street and New Street are all reporting heavy traffic at the moment.

A look at the rush-hour traffic in Burton

Rush-hour traffic through Burton
Rush-hour traffic through Burton (Image: Google Maps)

Gridlock on Hawkins Lane

One of our reporters has reported that Hawkins Lane is already gridlocked going towards Pirelli with Wharf Road looking busy.

Delays at Willington

Traffic is starting to build up in Willington ahead of the rush-hour queues.

According to Inrix, there is traffic on the A5132 at the B5008 Repton Road. This is causing congestion to the A38 Willington and Eggington turn off and on the B5008 Etwall Road to the A38 and A50 Toyota Island. There are problems on the B5008 Repton Road to Hall Lane.

The current traffic situation in Burton town centre

The current traffic situation in Burton town centre
The current traffic situation in Burton town centre (Image: Google Maps)

Update from Midland Classic

Update from bus provider Midland Classic: “All is currently running smoothly with no notable delays. Please remember that buses from the railway station to New Street are not serving Sainsbury’s due to the long delays we experienced yesterday.”

Taxi firm gets thanks

One Twitter user managed to get to Burton Railway Station on time, despite the bridge works, thanks to Staprenhill Cars

Traffic moving slowly on two major roads

There are reports of slow traffic on the A5121 Derby Road and St Peter’s Bridge.

Traffic and travel website Inrix states that traffic is now building up in Derby Road between the A511 Horninglow Road and the B5416 Borough Road and Curzon Street.

On St Peter’s Bridge, there are delays between the A5121 Orchard Street, B5018 Branston Road, Lichfield Street and A444 St Peter’s Street and Main Street.

A look at the current traffic situation in Burton town centre

Traffic is building up in Burton town centre
Traffic is building up in Burton town centre (Image: Google maps)

Traffic is building up in the town centre

Traffic is now building up in Horninglow Street and Guild Street in the town centre.

Taxi firm says traffic is worse today

New Street Taxis has reported that traffic is worse today than yesterday.

Director of the firm Majid Rachid said: “It has started getting worse earlier today than yesterday. It started around late afternoon but today the traffic is chaos and all the traffic is directed to St Peter’s Bridge.

“A normal journey for us from the office to Stapenhill is about 10 to 15 minutes but now it is double that, it is more like 15 to 20 minutes.

“We are keeping our fares the same as they were before the closure otherwise we would lose out on business.

I just think the next 10 weeks will be chaos. I just hope they go quickly.”

Music school encourages people into town

Burton’s Yamaha Music School, in High Street, Burton, is keeping an eye on the partial closure.

A38 closed after oil spillage

A lorry has shed its load on the A38 southbound which is still closed.

Here are the latest details.

Accident reported on A38

There have been reports of an accident on the A38 near Burton.

The incident has been reported at Clay Mills on the A38.

Further details to follow

What you can expect from the bridge's partial closure

As day 2 of Burton Bridge’s partial closure gets underway, here is a reminder of everything you can expect.

Heavy traffic in Stapenhill

As morning rush hour begins, heavy traffic is being reported in Stapenhill and beyond.

According to traffic and travel information website Inrix the A511 Ashby Road westbound between Beaufort Road and A444 Stapenhill Road is slow with heavy traffic.

A42 fully open following earlier lorry fire

The A42 near the Swadlincote junction has now been reopened following the earlier lorry fire

Already reports of slow traffic

Motorists travelling on the A444 towards Stapenhill are being urged to leave more time for travel this morning.

The A444 in Stapenhill Road northbound is slow between Elms Road and A511 Ashby Road.

Travel and traffic information website Inrix reports it as the ‘usual slow traffic’ for this time of day, but this could get worse due to Burton Bridge’s partial closure.

Serious lorry fire on the A42

Lorry fire
Lorry fire (Image: Highways Agency)

We are back to bring you the latest travel news.

First up: One lane of the A42 southbound is still closed following a serious lorry fire last night.

The incident happened between J12 B5006 Measham Road (Measham / Ashby-de-la-zouch) and M42 J11 (Burton Upon Trent)

Emergency repairs are now in progress and a diversion is now in operation.

Follow the Hollow circle symbol - exit A42 and join B4116 (Measham Road) south towards Twycross. At Twycross, join A444 northbound, to re-join M42 southbound at J11.

The fire has been extinguished and the remains of the lorry have been recovered. Lane one (of two) remains closed on the main carriageway.

That's all for today folks

That’s all of our updates on the traffic in Burton for today but join us bright and early tomorrow when we will give you all of the latest travel news.

We hope you all got home safely.

Traffic returned to normal

Traffic has now returned to normal on the A511 Horninglow Road North and the B5008 Repton Road, in Willington.

Both roads have been struggling with heavy traffic throughout most of the day but they have now returned to normal and the traffic cleared.

Branston Road, Tatenhill, is now open

There is a bit of good news for today as Branston Road, Tatenhill, is now open.

Read the full story here.

Traffic is now starting to calm down in Burton town centre

Traffic is starting to calm down in Burton town centre
Traffic is starting to calm down in Burton town centre (Image: Google Maps)

Round-up of the first day of work on Burton Bridge

It has been a busy day with all the traffic in Burton as work starts on repairs to Burton Bridge.

See our round-up of the day’s events here.

Accident on the A50 at Uttoxeter

Those heading on the A50 westbound are warned of an accident causing delays.

According to Inrix, there has been an accident at the B5030 Ashbourne Road, the Little Chef roundabout, at around 6.45pm.

The accident is said to involve two vehicles and there is currently slow traffic in the area.