Councillor insists disruption will be kept to a minimum when main route in and out of Lichfield is closed for 12 weeks

Councillors say work to carry out upgrades to a major route in and out of Lichfield will see disruption kept to a minimum.

The Burton Road through Streethay

The Burton Road through Streethay

LichfieldLive revealed last month that the Burton Road through Streethay would be shut for almost three months.

The first six weeks will see sewer work to support the new 750 homes being built, with the second six weeks allowing two new road junctions to be created.

Diversions will see traffic forced to use the A38 instead of coming off at the Streethay exit and are expected to lead to lengthy delays.

But Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, Cllr Mark Deaville, insisted the two projects happening at the same time would reduce the time the road would otherwise be closed for.

“We’re always striving to work smarter and more closely with partners when works are needed to support development,” he said. “The Streethay development is a significant one for Lichfield, bringing hundreds of much needed homes which we’re pleased to support.

“This is a good example of how we can really cut down on disruption through careful planning and coordination, which in this case has involved the county council, Severn Trent Water, the developer, Highways England and other companies providing services to the site.

“There will inevitably be some disruption as a result of the road closure, but every effort has been made to limit this.”

The new development – now known as Roman Heights – will see 750 homes and other facilities built.

The A5127 road closure will start on July 19 with two new traffic light junctions installed at Streethay farm near the A38 junction and near the West Coast Main Line bridge.

Severn Trent Water’s Gareth Mead said the work to install new facilities was also needed.

“When new homes are built we often have to upgrade our sewer network to support the development,” he said. “Working closely with Staffordshire County Council has helped us minimise the disruption for our customers in Lichfield.

“While we expect our part of the work to take six weeks to complete, we will be working hard to finish sooner.”

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3 Comments

  1. Darryl

    4th July, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Sounds like fun, can’t wait.

  2. Steve

    5th July, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    750 new homes.

    If you are planning to be ill in 2017, probably worth booking a doctors appointment now.

  3. Darryl

    6th July, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Aside from my flippant comment, a more serious one.

    As one of the main routes in and out of Lichfield, why isn’t the company restricted to overnight works? Why has the council simply capitulated and granted an order to close the road?

    It’s rhetorical by the way, money will be the short answer.

    Their loss and costs will outweigh the disruption to residents and commuters.

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