Markeaton roundabout in Derby to get an extra £2.6m
TRAFFIC blackspots in Derbyshire have been awarded nearly £8 million of Government cash to ease congestion.
The A38 Markeaton roundabout has been awarded £2.6 million – on top of £1.4 million already earmarked for traffic signal improvements by the Department for Transport in July.
The additional cash, announced by Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin, will pay for road widening and more signal improvements.
In addition, the Government has also allocated nearly £6 million for work on the A50 towards the M1.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
Mr McLoughlin said the £5.7 million would be spent on reducing congestion, by constructing a new carriageway to take traffic travelling south from the A50 to the M1.
Work on the A38 will start and finish next year, with the A50 works following in 2014.
Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham lobbied Mr McLoughlin for the A38 cash as soon as he became Transport Secretary in September.
She said: "Obviously I wanted to have a flyover which is so badly needed in that area but Mr McLoughlin clearly appreciates the need for work on that road because he is local.
"I'm delighted that this funding has been awarded."
Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa, cabinet member for planning, environment and public protection at Derby City Council, said the importance of the A38 work could not be over-emphasised.
He said: "I know that the Department of Transport and the Highways Agency recognise the significant benefits that will be afforded to not only the strategic trunk road network but to Derby residents and businesses.
"The sooner we can enjoy these benefits, the better for all."
He also welcomed the A50 improvement plan. Mr Dhindsa said: "While the junction is some distance from Derby, it is part of the network which connects the city to the rest of the country and supports its economic growth."
The two schemes in Derbyshire are among 57 bottleneck road improvement projects announced this week.
Mr McLoughlin said many of the £170 million worth of schemes would start in 2013 bringing an economic boost estimated at £3 billion.
He said: "By removing bottlenecks and improving access to local enterprise zones, key international trading ports and communities, these schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy.
"They also have the potential to help deliver more than 300,000 new jobs and 150,000 new homes."
This second wave of upgrade projects forms part of the Highway Agency's £217 million programme to keep traffic moving on England's motorways and major A-roads.
Sixty-five projects have now gained funding and a third stage of projects will be announced next year.