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Preparations for Ashbourne bypass consultation underway

Published: 9 November 2020

Proposals we have drawn-up for an Ashbourne bypass will take a step forward later this month with the launch of a public consultation for people to have their say on the route the road could take.

We have 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

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

“The findings of the initial study confirmed exactly what anyone who uses Ashbourne’s roads on a regular basis already knows – the town has a problem with traffic congestion, even during 2020 when traffic levels have been close to normal outside the periods of ‘lockdown’.

“We’ve made constructing a bypass one of our top priorities and are doing all we can to deliver it.

“When the public consultation launches on 23 November it will give people an important opportunity to have their say on the proposals and I’d encourage everyone who lives in the area or travels through to take part.”

People will be able to view the proposals on our website and submit their views online once the consultation launches.