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More roadworks on the way in Beaconside bringing traffic chaos to Stafford

By Charlotte Callear | Stafford | News | Published:

Drivers are braced for new misery on Beaconside in Stafford as yet more roadworks were announced.

Traffic queuing along Beaconside near Newbold Drive

Developers Taylor Wimpey say new temporary traffic lights will be installed outside its Marston Grange development and a lane will be closed while they clear trees.

The move will add to problems on a stretch at the northern end of the road opposite Parkside already described as ‘absolute chaos’ since the housing began being built.

Drivers have suffered traffic problems on the main road since work on the development for 700 houses began.

In November, faulty traffic lights at the junction with Newbold Drive had to be turned off after they were causing delays by staying on red for too long.

Ward councillor Jonathan Price said: “It is already absolute chaos down there and we cannot allow two sets of lights to happen.

"I spoke to the Highways department about having two sets of lights and one set will be turned off so it causes minimum disruption.

“Residents have suffered enough and the quicker the works are done the better. It is not too long, only for two weeks.”

The work will be carried out by Amey Highways from February 19 from 9.30am until 3pm for two weeks,

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A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey said: “The work will require a lane closure on the A513 Beaconside.

"Temporary traffic lights will be in place to ensure vehicles can still use the route. Unfortunately this is likely to cause some disruption, for which we apologise.

“The work is part of our Section 106 commitment to improve the highways around our development, and despite the short period of inconvenience we hope the community will appreciate our investment in the road network.

“We have written to local residents to make them aware of the work, and Amey’s traffic management plan has been approved by Stafford Borough Council. We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum.”

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It follows on from other traffic problems in Stafford caused after a sewer collapsed in the A5013 Eccleshall Road but those works have now been completed.

Roadworks are expected to continue until the development is completed in late July.

The work started last July and there is a temporary speed limit in place down to 30mph from 50mph.

Charlotte Callear

By Charlotte Callear
@CCallear_Star

Reporter based at the Express & Star's Wolverhampton head office

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