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‘Victory for motorists’

Sunday 19th August 2012 (Andrew Griffiths)

HIGHWAYS bosses have ordered the closure of a ‘dangerous’ gap in the central reservation of the A38 within TWO WEEKS in an effort to halt serious accidents on the road.

Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths revealed that experts from the Highways Agency and road maintenance firm Amey agreed the decision was ‘vital’ to protect motorists on the notoriously dangerous northbound stretch near the Branston junction of the accident- plagued road.

He also disclosed that a review would be undertaken about closing the three other gaps along the same stretch of road, the introduction of lower speed limits and the state of vegetation on the approaches to the A38.

Describing the news as a ‘victory for motorists’, Mr Griffiths spoke to the Mail about the meeting which saw him take a tour of the A38 to showcase the problems first-hand.

He said: “It was a very good meeting that has heralded an immediate response.

“Emergency plans have been put into place to close the gap in the central reservation near the Branston junction, which was the site of two fatalities recently.”

Calls for radical changes came after a succession of serious accidents culminated in the deaths of sisters Parveen Kauser and Raheela Altaf near the Branston junction in May.

Mr Griffiths was joined in his campaign to introduce average speed cameras and closing the gaps by the likes of Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and Staffordshire County Council.

Mr Griffiths added: “The quick closure was deemed extremely necessary and the work will be undertaken in the next two weeks.

“There will also be a review of the three other gaps, with an informal consultation with nearby residents and businesses.

“Also part of this safety review will be an in-depth look at speed limits on that section of the A38.

“The final part will be an inspection of the plants and trees on the approaches on the A38 to see if there is any work that needs to be done to improve visibility for motorists.

“I am absolutely delighted with the responses from the Highways Agency and Amey.

“They listened to the concerns, took them all on board and reacted in a very positive way.

“I don’t think I could have asked for anything more. It is great to know that the A38 is a priority and it must be very reassuring for motorists who use the stretch of road that changes are going to be made.”

The study is set to be completed by the end of March next year. The results will then be analysed and a decision taken on whether to take further action will be made.

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