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Appeal to remove rising bollards

Bollard in Burton upon Trent
The county council said there are plenty of signs

Rising bollards should be removed as they are dangerous, according to some traders in a Staffordshire town.

Several drivers who have tailgated buses in Burton upon Trent have been caught out and their car has been punctured by rising bollards.

They were put up five months ago as part of a scheme to pedestrianise the town centre.

The county council said there are clear signs and the town centre benefits from being pedestrianised.

Business owner Richard Wolny, from Cherringtons, said: "When the bus pulls forward, a car not from the area pulls up behind the bus thinking it can go through.

"The bollard starts to rise, but it's not until the car front bonnet is past the bollard that you can actually see the bollard coming up and it actually comes up through the bottom of the car."

Dale Arthur, from the county council, said: "The bollards aren't dangerous as long as motorists follow the signs on the road and adhere to the Highway Code.

"There are plenty of signs in front of the bollards, red lights telling drivers not to proceed past this point and the drivers should know this."

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