City faces traffic disruption as roadworks start on busy route
TRAFFIC disruption is expected across Derby on Monday as a series of roadworks are set to begin.
The main scheme taking place will be on Ashbourne Road when Western Power Distribution will be carrying out a £10 million project to improve power supplies in the city.
The work is expected to take place for three weeks with temporary traffic lights being put in place.
Already Arriva bus company says it will be running reduced bus services and has admitted reliability will be affected.
Keith Myatt, communications manager at Arriva, said the company was "rather concerned" about the proposed roadworks.
He said: "This will affect our reliability and passengers will be affected.
"We only had one working day to sort out bus services after being told on Thursday about the roadworks in Ashbourne Road.
"There will be less buses per hour but it means that there is a better chance of them being punctual.
"We will be keeping passengers informed as quickly as possible if we need to make changes to our services through our website and the travel shop at Derby bus station. We will do our best to maintain the services."
He said that a temporary timetable would be put in place on Tuesday should there be any major problems.
A spokesman at Western Power Distribution said it apologised for any inconvenience to motorists but said the work would be beneficial for customers.
He said: "The investment is designed for any increased demands placed on the power network in the future by such things as additional development in the city.
"Our aim is to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum. We agreed the dates of the work on Ashbourne Road with Derby City Council over three months ago, to coincide with the school half-term holidays and reduce the impact on traffic.
"We will also be manning the temporary traffic lights on Ashbourne Road over the next three weeks to manage the traffic and keep queues down wherever possible."
Four other roadwork projects will also begin in Derby on Monday, which could cause further delays.
Work will take place on Pear Tree Road, Pear Tree, for 10 weeks, Manor Road, Littleover, for eight days, Max Road, Chaddesden, until Christmas and Stenson Road, Sunny Hill, for two days.
Nigel Brien, group manager of network management at Derby City Council, said: "There are currently a series of major projects taking place by utility companies in Derby to replace power supply cables, gas pipes and water mains, all of which require sections of the roads to be dug up at certain times.
"At the same time there are the normal utilities urgent repair works that take place as well as the council's own road repair and improvement works. From time to time this essential work will cause disruption to travel in the city."