Residents of an East Staffordshire village are worried about the impact a scheduled road closure will have on commuters and a regular bus service. South Staffordshire Water have confirmed that works on Stone Road in Bramshall that were due to start on Monday (October 4) have now been pushed back to the proposed date of Monday, October 18.
Residents of an East Staffordshire village are worried about the impact a scheduled road closure will have on commuters and a regular bus service.
South Staffordshire Water have confirmed that works on Stone Road in Bramshall that were due to start on Monday (October 4) have now been pushed back to the proposed date of Monday, October 18.
The original projected date of completion was December 19 prior to the postponement.
A road closure is required for water main renewal works to be carried out which, according to its notice sign (pictured), is due to take around six weeks to complete.
Residents have raised concern that they are worried over the disruption the inevitable closure will cause.
Bramshall resident and parish councillor Andrew Dartnell told the Times & Echo that he believes HGVs will have to make a 50-mile diversion in order to access Bramshall Industrial Estate until the works are completed.
“There was a huge outcry from residents when they’d given us just over a week’s notice,” he said.
“At least they’ve listened to the uproar and postponed the risk for a month but there is still going to be an issue when they shut the road.
“It’s going to cause an enormous backlog because the alternative route they’ve shown to avoid the roadworks can’t be used by HGVs.
“They are going to have to make a 50-mile diversion down to Stafford on the A518 then back up to Stone then through Uttoxeter.”
He added: “We have a very busy little industrial estate which lorries are in and out of all day.
“Those trucks are going to have to make an awfully long diversion. It’s good for the pedestrians but awful for the lorries.
“I know I’d be cross if I was told I’d have to go 50 miles out the way to get there.
“Cars and small vans can take the diversion route but that wouldn’t apply to any HGVs.”
Andrew also raised concerns about the operation of a bus service which regularly travels through Stone Road. He said: “Our local bus service of course will disappear for the period of the works because that comes through that road.
“I don’t think the residents of Bramshall can do anything, the road works have to go ahead but that will cause considerable disruption to the residents who won’t have a bus to town.”
Nathan Harper, head of network operations at South Staffs Water, said: “Following communications with the local parish council and businesses in Bramshall, we made the decision to delay our works, which were due to start today (Monday, October 4), until we are satisfied that all concerns have been resolved for all residents and businesses. Our new, proposed starting date is Monday, October 18.
“We are currently in contact with Staffordshire County Council to agree on the best possible course of action, to ensure that we limit disruption for residents and business owners.
“Any road closures will have suitable diversions in place, which the bus service will operate alongside.”
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