Member of Parliament, Kate Kniveton, has welcomed the announcement that work on the major upgrades to the Branston Interchange will begin this weekend (10/02/24), coinciding with the school half-term to minimise disruption to residents.
The significant set of proposals will see improved access to and from Burton via the A38, widening the road to provide additional capacity at pinch points and along slip roads to enhance safety. The £6 million worth of road upgrades was secured following a bid, backed by Kate Kniveton, to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund from Staffordshire County Council in 2022.
These improvements to the A38 Branston Interchange come on top of the commitments Ms Kniveton has secured for enhancements to Branston Bridge and, more widely, the corridor upgrades to the A50. As the local Member of Parliament, Kate Kniveton has repeatedly called and campaigned for additional investment into the two main trunk roads, the A50 and the A38, as well as more money to tackle potholes on local roads.
The work taking place from 10th February will mean that traffic is unable to travel eastbound from Tatenhill to access the A38 with a planned completion of the 28th February. The County Council and National Highways have committed to providing updates as construction continues, including any additional traffic management and diversion routes required to ensure the safety of road users and workers. Ms Kniveton has made clear she expects communication between the authorities and residents to be regular and informative to ensure that situations of traffic coming to a standstill, as seen recently in the town, are avoided.
Commenting, Kate Kniveton MP said:
“I was pleased to back the bid for funding the upgrades to the Branston Interchange, and even more delighted that the Government agreed and supported the bid. With shovels in the ground next week, it will be great to kick start these upgrades to a significantly busy and important junction of the A38 in Burton.
“There will of course be some disruption during the construction phase, and I would encourage residents to be alert to the possible changes in traffic flows and road closures during this period. I will ensure that National Highways and Staffordshire County Council are communicating this to residents during this period as we look ahead to completion and the long-term benefits this will bring.”
For more details and updates, please visit: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Highways/roadworks/eaststaffs/A38-Branston-Int…