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Flooded A51 likely to stay closed over weekend

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

FLOODED ROAD ... The A51 at Weston is likely to remain closed due to flooding over the coming weekend (Photo by Nick Booker)

FLOODED ROAD ... The A51 at Weston is likely to remain closed due to flooding over the coming weekend (Photo by Nick Booker)

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FLOODING issues continued to plague drivers in Stafford with a major route through the town likely to remain closed over the coming weekend.

The A51 London Road near Weston was closed on Christmas Eve after water from an overflowing brook made it increasingly difficult to pass.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Mike Maryon said: "Our highways team put up flood warning signs at the site on the A51 last Saturday but needed to close the road on Christmas Eve to ensure people’s safety was not put at risk.

"Diversion routes are signposted from both directions and the road remains closed for the time being," he said. "We will be monitoring the situation closely as more wet weather is forecast over the weekend."

He said highways teams had been on standby throughout the Christmas period, checking gullies were clear on the road adding: "We would ask drivers to bear with us and follow the diversion routes until the road can be opened again."

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 10 2013, 5:03PM

    At last Green Road has reopened, don't think it was an overflowing brook, suffered since June perhaps preventative maintanence is the answer.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 02 2013, 11:22AM

    I am sure I am not the only person raising a major concern regarding this road closure however could you please let me know when this is likely to reopen. As a nearby resident this closure is causing significant problems in the surrounding villages, causing large HGV lorries to pass through roads which are clearly not acceptable and this has now caused major problems with the road surface not to mention to potential increase for a serious accident on the A518 near Amerton with the fast cars approaching cars pulling out of roads unsuspecting of the dangers around that area. The reports on-line state that the road was closed on 24 December... admittedly this has been a christmas closedown period however is this acceptable to have such a busy road closed for 9 days?

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  January 01 2013, 8:58PM

    in response to mike manyon at the council, if this route was in stafford it would be open now! the diversion is around country lanes with a 7.5 weight restriction how does he plan to mange this when workers start back to work and artics have to go through stowe and hixon! get a pump and clear the a51 asap

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  December 30 2012, 10:33AM

    Having travelled this route for many years, i have never seen it flooded as bad. It would seem to me that the drains and gulleys must be blocked and the council should take action immediately. To divert trucks through the village of stowe is frankly less safe than drivkng through the flood, which may j say i easily passable for any driver with a bit of common sense.

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