A public consultation on three potential routes took place last autumn, with more than 880 people taking part.
Western bypass – route A
This route starts on the A52 Mayfield Road, then takes traffic slightly further away from the town centre, joining the A515 Buxton Road close to Sandybrook Hall.
Western bypass – route B
This route starts at the same place as route A, but then follows a route closer to the town and joins the A515 to the north of North Avenue and Windmill Lane.
Detailed design work hasn’t been done on this route, which would be longer and more expensive to build that either of the western options. It has been tested, though, to see how much traffic it would carry.
Assessment of options
The assessment of options also included town centre traffic management and, although this did not receive strong public support as an alternative to the bypass, it will still be considered alongside the preferred bypass route.
At a meeting of our Cabinet on 11 February 2021, councillors are expected to agree that the Western bypass – option A is the preferred route.
Of those taking part in the consultation, 68% backed a western route.
Our Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis said:
“I’m pleased that so many people took the time to let us have their views.
“We have looked at all their comments, and will be discussing the options available to us at our next cabinet meeting. I’d expect us to agree that the Western bypass option A will be the preferred option.
“We will receive a report shortly that will look at the cost of the work needed to put in a planning application, and on potential funding options for this preferred route.”
We've made easing traffic congestion in the town a priority after a study by independent consultants in 2017 found:
- up to 12,000 vehicles using main routes through the town each day
- almost half (46%) of traffic using the A515 was through traffic – with somewhere other than Ashbourne as its end destination
- a £1.5 million estimate placed on the cost of traffic delays in the town per year