Written by ROB SMYTH
Work to install vital safety measures along the A38 is gathering apace.
Workers from the Highways Agency are currently stationed along the accident-plagued carriageway between Branston and Barton under Needwood.
They are closing up gaps in the central reservation as part of major works to drastically improve safety along the road following a hard fought campaign by Burton MP Andrew Griffiths.
The work is set to be completed on April 16 and, alongside a 60mph speed limit, was put in place following the tragic deaths of two sisters in 2012.
Mr Griffiths told the Mail: “It is fantastic to see how quick work is progressing in the bid to make the A38 a safer place to drive.
“Ever since the decision was taken to green light the plans, I have been inundated with emails from motorists who are so glad that the changes will now be happening.
“It is as simple as this – the roads will be so safer as a result of the move to close off these death traps.
“I would also like to congratulate the Highways Agency for working quickly and getting on with the project as soon as they could.”
The safety plans were nearly abandoned earlier this year after just three people objected to the changes as it would have meant they would have to spend more money on petrol and have longer journeys to reach their homes.
These objections were thrown out by highways chiefs and the green light was given, much to the delight of campaigners which included police chiefs and the fire service.
Mr Griffiths added: “This move will make the A38 safer for everybody who uses it and that can only be a good thing.
“The next phase is to watch these measures take hold and see the impact that they have.
“If they do improve things then it could eventually see the measures, or similar ones, put in place along other stretches of the road.
“The onus now falls on the likes of Staffordshire Police to make sure these measures are being followed.
“Drivers need to step up to the plate and make sure they follow the new measures as well.”