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New road opens in time for Christmas

Published: 22 December 2021

A new £13.4 million road linking Woodville and Swadlincote has opened in time for Christmas, bringing opportunities for new housing, business development and land redevelopment.


Woodville to Swadlincote road
Pictured on the new link road from left, our Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Environment Councillor Carolyn Renwick, Civic Chairman, Councillor Jean Wharmby and Mr George Wharmby, Civic Consort.

We led the project which had to be halted when its main contractor North Midland Construction went bust.

But following a lot of hard work behind the scenes, we stepped in as principal contractor to co-ordinate the completion of the single-carriageway road which measures almost a mile in length.

As well as opening up land in the area for development, the road will ease congestion on existing roads in the area, particularly Clock Island in Woodville where the A511 joins the A514.

The £13.4 million project was funded jointly by ourselves with a contribution of £7m and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, which earmarked £6.4m from its Local Growth Fund.

Our Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Environment, Councillor Carolyn Renwick said:

“We’re delighted that the new Woodville to Swadlincote link road is now open.

“We know how long people have waited for this road and I’d like to thank residents and businesses for their patience following the unexpected delay and apologise for any disruption which may have been caused.

“The road will be great for the local area and will allow for land redevelopment along the route, opening up opportunities for new housing and business development.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in making the project a success.”

Preparations will be made to allow landscaping to take place after Christmas.

Will Morlidge, Interim Chief Executive Officer at D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership said:

“The opening of the new link road will be key to shaping the future of the Swadlincote and Woodville areas. It has the needs of the local community at its core, supporting the creation of homes and new jobs to improve the prospects for the whole area.”