A HOST of traffic restrictions are set to be imposed on the A38 from today as part of work to improve safety along the accident-plagued road.
The Highways Agency have revealed that ‘much needed’ signage improvements between Barton under Needwood and Clay Mills will take place for the next four months as part of a drastic bid to halt the number of accidents.
Work will be taking place between 7pm and 6am and will see a 50mph speed limit in place for the duration of the changes.
Diversions will also be in place as the northbound and southbound slip roads leading to the Branston roundabout will be closed while the work is carried out.
A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “Work will be carried out between 7pm and 6am and is expected to start on Tuesday and continue for four months.
“The temporary restriction and prohibition of traffic order will come into force today.
“Vehicles being used by the emergency services will be exempt from the closures and speed restriction.
“Diversion routes during the slip road closures using alternative junctions of the A38 will be well signed.”
The night-time road closures comes just weeks after the Mail revealed that Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin backed Highways Agency proposals that will mean that cars will now only be allowed to travel at 60mph between the Branston and Barton junctions.
The proposals, which were fast tracked due concerns over safety on the road, also confirmed that all four gaps in the central reservation will now be closed – after the death of two sisters using one of these very gaps last year resulted in a joint campaign by the Mail and Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths to put an end to this problem.
Due to the serious nature of accidents on the road, highways bosses recommended that this £140,000 scheme be given priority.
Mr Griffiths said: “The overwhelming evidence and the large number of accidents along this stretch of the A38 showed something need to be done in order to protect lives.
“The changes will help to improve safety on the A38 and will saves lives in the process.”