Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths has held crisis talks with Staffordshire County Council Chief Executive John Henderson about the work on St. Peter’s Bridge.
Mr Griffiths and Mr Henderson visited the bridge and spoke to the contractors Amey who were working on site.
Andrew said: “Whilst I recognise the repairs to St. Peter’s Bridge are urgent and vital, the impact that the work is having on local residents and businesses is extremely serious.
“I am pleased that as of next week a second gang will be working on the bridge, which will increase to a third gang the following week. We need to do all we can to get the repair work done as soon as possible, but also see what more can be done to help the town centre businesses affected.
“I am grateful to John Henderson for meeting me so quickly to discuss all the options available to limit the impact. We must do all we can to get this work done as quickly and as painlessly as possible, and I am looking forward to the County Council coming forward with further solutions.”
Among the options discussed at the crisis talks were increasing the amount of hours worked, extra shifts at the weekend, the possible re-routing of roads to reduce congestion and also financial support for businesses.
Andrew added: “I know the County Council have already made some parking in the town centre free. We need to send out the message that Burton’s pubs, shops and restaurants are open for business, and encourage people to support them in this period.”
(Picture credited to the Burton Mail)