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Plans for changes to town's high street set out at public event

Posted on Thursday 12th March 2020
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Helen Fisher

People will be able to have their say on plans for safety improvements in Burton’s High Street at a consultation event on March 17.

Staffordshire County Council is proposing to remove the rising bollards which have been out of use for some time and install a bus gate with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera. The aim is to prevent rat-running along the road and increase safety for pedestrians.

The change would give clearer guidance for drivers and mean that regulations would be enforced.  The scheme would see the current pedestrian zone removed to allow buses access, with parking restrictions in place along the road. New signs would also be installed.

A public consultation event is taking place on Tuesday March 17 at Burton Library between 10am and 4.30pm. If the proposals go ahead they would be introduced in the summer.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:

Road safety is an absolute priority to us and we believe these alterations in Burton’s High Street will make a significant difference. The rising bollards have been out of use for some time and unfortunately some drivers are ignoring traffic regulations on the street.

By allowing bus access and installing an ANPR camera, the traffic regulation order will be effectively enforced. While the current pedestrian zone will need to be removed so this can happen, we believe pedestrian safety will improve as rat-running is reduced.

This is a significant change and so we want people to be able to find out more, ask any questions and have their say at the consultation event.”

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