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A38 Improvements


Highways England (HE) will be carrying out essential maintenance work to maintain the existing safety barrier on the above section of the A38. The work to be carried out is the replacement of the safety barrier that is deemed to be at the end of the serviceable lives. A number of road signs within the central reserve will also be replaced as part of the works. These works will be undertaken overnight to minimise inconvenience and disruption. During the work there will be overnight closures of the northbound and southbound carriageway to ensure the safety of our workforce. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place during this period. The work is planned to start on Monday 19th September 2016 at 8pm and finish on Saturday 11th February 2017 at 6am. The carriageways will be open as usual during the day and during the weekend. However, there will be a temporary 40mph speed restriction 24 hours a day in order to protect the traveling public due to missing sections of safety fence during construction.

Please note that all planned roadworks are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. HE will do their very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum.

If you have any queries or concerns about this letter, then please call the Highway England Customer Contact Line 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk

HE apologies for any inconvenience or disruption caused. You can get further information for the Midlands motorways and trunk roads by: Using the Highways England Website http://www.trafficengland.com/traffic-report

This page updated 08 September 2016

This page will be progressively developed with news and information as it becomes available to the Parish Council

Red Light Camera Request - Feedback from Little Eaton Stakeholder Reference Group

Representatives from Little Eaton Parish Council raised the issue that the current traffic signals at the Little Eaton roundabout are not working well for traffic exiting the Little Eaton arm of the roundabout, and that the issue probably lies with cars not stopping at the red lights. A request was made to consider red light enforcement to possibly help resolve the issue. This has been followed up by Highways England (HE) and their maintenance team and the following response has been received.

“We appreciate that there has been some frustration over the access from Little Eaton village onto the A38 at the revised junction and have previously undertaken steps to try and address this within the signal control. This has involved use of queue detection on the approach to increase the all red time at the upstream signals and thereby create greater gaps for the B6179. Unfortunately during peak periods drivers do tend to push the amber period at the end of green, eroding any gaps created and this setup has had only limited benefit.In terms of red light enforcement there is no evidence of collisions here that would justify inclusion of a camera, as this is governed by statutory processes we cannot implement a camera without such evidence to justify the installation. In our experience the issues on the B6179 are during the same periods as issues on other approaches, most notably during the evening peak when both the A61 and the A38 northeastbound are under pressure; the latter typically having delays of 3-4 minutes and queues back to the A6. It is therefore very much a matter of trying to balance the various arms of the junction and we believe that at present this balance is fair.

It should be noted that the recent changes were interim measures to squeeze the best we can out of the space currently available and were never expected to fully resolve the congestion issues present. Subject to further evidence to the contrary or changes in conditions we are not therefore intending to make any further changes to the signal set up in advance of the major scheme. We will as always monitor the situation as best we can and consider intervention should there be any change”