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Better Barton scheme works in progress earlier this year.

Highways improvements to benefit Staffordshire village

Work to improve road safety and traffic flow in a Staffordshire village is underway.

The scheme in Barton-under-Needwood being delivered by Staffordshire County Council’s highways crews will not only improve road safety in the area but will also improve the Gateway into the village.

The £250,000 Improvements in the first phase of the project will include a new mini island  and changes to the road layout. Upgrading and widening of footpaths to improve accessibility for pedestrians along with new and upgraded signs and road resurfacing will also be carried out.  The work is expected to be completed by the end of August.

Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said:

“This is a great scheme that will not only help improve road safety and traffic flow in the area but will also improve the gateway into the village.

“Barton-under-Needwood is a busy village and the improvements being made will all help to provide a more welcoming visitor experience and help to reduce congestion.  It’s a great example of what can be achieved when local communities and other partners come together and are involved in the design of such a scheme.”

Helen added:

“In order for the resurfacing work to be carried out safely, a series of temporary road closures will be needed on the B5016 Station Road. These closures will run for seven consecutive weekends with the first one starting on 30th June 2018. Suitable diversions will be put in place and our highways teams will be doing their best to make sure the work is done as efficiently as possible.   I would like to thank people in advance for their co-operation and patience.”

The county council’s highways team worked closely with the Parish and Borough Council, local businesses and schools and the local community to design the scheme.

Sue van Daesdonk, Chair of Barton Parish Council spoke on behalf of residents and said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Staffordshire County Council on this first phase of the Better Safer Barton Scheme which is designed to promote pedestrian safety whilst respecting the historic environment.

“We appreciate we can’t reduce the traffic volumes, but we can constantly remind drivers that they are in a village environment and need to drive responsibly regardless of where they are in the village.”

A total of £475,000 has been made available for the scheme from developers building new homes in Efflinch Lane. The Work will be delivered in 3 phases:

Phase 1 – already started

  • 7 outer gateways
  • Traffic calming solutions on Station Road, Main Street, Efflinch Lane, Forest Road, Dunstall Road, Dogshead Lane and Bar Lane
  • Mini roundabout at junction between Efflinch Lane, Station Road and Main Street

Phase 2 – to be scheduled

  • Traffic calming, safety measures and refurbishment at Thomas Russell Infants School
  • Traffic calming and refurbishment in the area between Dunstall Road and Church Lane inclusive – historically known as The Square

Phase 3 – future work

  • Traffic calming and refurbishment between Efflinch Lane and Wales Lane