Thanks for your replies.
Yes I can remember when the plant was announced and I can remember how it looked around there before it was built.
Do you know anywhere else where there may be older photos of the A38 during construction?
Please don't let this thread die a death people!
Very happy to keep the thread alive, as I grew up in Barton Under Needwood and my parents still live there.
I remember the Barton Flyover opening circa 1980. Before that it was give way- a notorious crossroads along side that at Alrewas.
(and the those little turnings to the south of Barton were still give way until around 1990- can you imagine going over a hump back bridge to find yourself on a dual carriage way with very little slip road. They were a death trap and no mistake.)
By the way the A38 in 1980 was proberbly nearly as busy as it is today, because in those days it was the main route from Birmingham and the M5 through to the M1 and Yorkshire.
I remeber the route confirmation sign north of Barton that used to give distances to Nottingham, Chesterfield and Sheffield. I think the route confirmation sign to the south used to give distances to Worcester and Coventry but I'm less sure on that one?
Many long distance truckers used to stop at the Oakamoor cafe at Barton Turn (still there though not as busy these days)
I'm too young to remeber Barton and Walton station open, but I can remember the disused station buildings which are now covered by the Greycar business park. Just to the south of the old station site is the Bombardier Train Depot (BUT NO BLOODY STATION
Funnily enough, I was only thinking the other day that the whole village of Barton is in the 'wrong' place- you would have expected development around the A38, canal and railway, but in fact it's a mile or so to the west of that.
I've no pictures AFAIK, but I'm happy to expand on any of this if I can......