Campaign to improve A38 junctions discussed by MP Pauline Latham and Transport Minister Stephen Hammond
MID DERBYSHIRE MP Pauline Latham has met the Minister for Transport to campaign for improvements on the city's A38 junctions.
Mrs Latham was joined at the meeting yesterday with Stephen Hammond by representatives from both Derby City and Derbyshire County councils. She said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin also came into the meeting.
She said the purpose of the meeting was to outline proposals – including the introduction of flyovers at some of the junctions – to Mr Hammond which would address safety issues and keep traffic moving, in the hope he would consider them in his future funding commitments.
Mrs Latham explained how the A38 was the major route for traffic between the East and West Midlands, bringing drivers from Birmingham to Derby and to the M1 at junction 28.
She said it carried about 42,000 vehicles through Derby each day, with one in seven vehicles being a HGV.
And she explained how a survey of traffic movements – undertaken as part of the A38 Junction Study – recorded about 20% of traffic on the A38, between the junctions at Kingsway and Abbey Hill Junction, was through traffic.
Mrs Latham also said surveys undertaken as part of the re-evaluation of the junctions recorded severe delays at the roundabouts at Markeaton and Abbey Hill of more than 16 minutes at peak times and tailbacks of 2.6 miles on the approach to Abbey Hill and 1.4 miles to Markeaton.
Mrs Latham said: "I am very encouraged by the minister's reaction at the meeting and I am grateful to him for taking the time to meet with us on this very important transport issue."