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Derbyshire to spend £120 million on county’s roads

Published: 11 March 2021

A huge investment in the county’s roads and pavements has been agreed at a meeting of our Cabinet today (Thursday 11 March 2021).


Councillors agreed a plan to spend £46 million from April 2021 to March 2022, then a further £40 million for each of the following 2 years.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“The money we will invest over the next 3 years will see a step change in how we tackle improvements on our highways network.

“Next year alone we will surface dress 260 roads and resurface 78 roads and 65 pavements. 84 miles of roads will be surface dressed, and 11.5 miles will be resurfaced.

“We’re also going to make improvements to drains and spend money on other measures to prevent flooding.

“To tackle accidents on the roads we’ve 46 safety schemes which aim to reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured in accidents. Improvements will also be made to the cycle network.

“Then for the following two years we will spend around £40m each year in our bid to keep Derbyshire moving.

“The work will be carried out by our own team, and by specialist contractors which we will bring in to help us meet this ambitious programme.”

Table showing how the money to be spent from 2021 to 2022 will be split
Total 2021 to 2022 programme 46.803
Spending areas Money allocated (£ million)
Roads 16.154
Pavements 3.152
Drainage and flood management 6.634
Bridges, structures, retaining walls and highway boundary structures 3.810
Signs, lines and signals 3.218
Street lighting 2.401
Rights of way 1.698
Cycle routes 0.677
Greenways 0.185
Traffic management 0.480
Key cycle network investment 0.570
Local cycling and walking investment £0.299
Public transport 1.600
Road safety 1.992
Preparation and implementation of major highway projects 0.250
Highways maintenance challenge fund and active travel fund 3.6840

The work will be carried out by our own employees, and a range of specialist contractors. To help manage the extensive scheme of work a small team of employees will be recruited shortly.