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Further investment in Derbyshire’s roads set to be agreed

Published: 5 March 2021

Our Cabinet is set to agree work totalling over £46 million to be carried out on the county’s roads and pavements over the next year.


Councillors will be considering a report at a meeting on 11 March 2021 which sets out the full extent of the work planned. The report also sets out plans to support the highways department in delivering the large programme of improvements.

From April 2021 to March 2022, we plan to improve the condition of the county’s roads by surface dressing 260 roads, resurfacing 78 roads and 65 pavements, 84 miles of roads will be surface dressed, and 11.5 miles will be resurfaced.

Money will also be targeted at improvements to drains and measures to prevent flooding.

Road safety is also a key priority and 46 safety schemes will aim to reduce the numbers of people killed or seriously injured in accidents. Improvements will also be made to the cycle network.

The report also recommends the development of a new 5-year forward programme and identifies a number of roads and pavements that will be included.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, said:

“The report sets out a clear plan which will see the team spend over £46 million on vital repairs and improvements across the county over the coming year for our residents.

“The programme includes a number of highways schemes that previously we weren’t able to do because of the severe flooding in November 2019, February 2020 and February 2021, the Toddbrook dam incident in the summer of 2019 and the impact of COVID-19.

“All these events both took up weeks and months of many members of the highways team, and we have had many more roads needing repairs because of the flooding.

"Our road worker teams will continue to carry out the same levels of work they have in previous years, but we will make more use of external suppliers to help us deliver many more improvements on our network.

“We will spend around £40 million every year for the next 3 years to deliver this huge amount of schemes and improvements to our network and I’m confident that the measures we are putting in place will mean that we can deliver this programme, and keep Derbyshire on the move.”

The money to be spent in 2021/22 will be split in the following way:

Table showing how the money will be spent
Scheme Amount
Roads £16.154 million
Pavements £3.152 million
Drainage and flood management £6.634 million
Bridges, structures, retaining walls and highway boundary structures £3.81 million
Signs, lines and signals £3.218 million
Street lighting £2.401 million
Rights of way £1.698 million
Cycle routes £0.677 million
Greenways £0.185 million
Traffic management £0.48 million
Key Cycle Network investment £0.57 million
Local cycling and walking investment £0.299 million
Public transport £1.6 million
Road safety £1.992 million
Preparation and implementation of major highway projects £0.25 million
Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund and Active Travel Fund £3.684 million
Total 2021 to 2022 programme £46.803 million