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Still time to have your say on A61 south improvements in Derbyshire

Published: 29 September 2022

More local people are being called on to share their views about ideas to manage congestion and reduce emissions on the A61 Derby Road between Chesterfield and Clay Cross, before an online survey ends on Sunday 16 October 2022.


We are currently revising the Local Transport Plan, the document which sets priorities for investment in roads and transport across the county.

With a number of new housing and commercial developments expected on this section of the A61 in the years ahead, traffic is likely to get busier.

Our highways engineers have been carefully examining a range of options to help manage traffic growth and it wants to hear from people who live near the route or use it for commuting, business, school runs, shopping, and leisure.

A 10-minute online survey was launched in July to find out how people use the road, and hundreds of people have already given their views on potential options to improve it in the short, medium, and long-term, as well as options for alternative ways to travel.

Options

Short-term

Measures to keep traffic flowing such as the new traffic management control centre, giving the council a much better ability to respond to problems and inform users, as well as other measures such as real-time passenger information for bus passengers.

Medium-term

Identifying preferred solutions to tackle some of the pinch points or challenges on or near the A61, such as electronic variable messaging signs, changes to the Storforth Lane junction, and improving visibility.

Long-term

Investigations into what major engineering projects could potentially be needed and might be feasible, subject to funding from Government, to reduce the congestion problem in the long-term. For example, some of the potential options might be a bypass around Clay Cross, a new railway station or a Grassmoor link road.

The findings will shape preliminary design and appraisal work which will be shared with local communities by public consultation before any work takes place.

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

“We know how important this busy road is for so many people living near the A61 between Chesterfield and Clay Cross, and for commuters too.

The road is likely to get busier as new housing developments and business growth bring more people to the area, so it’s vital that we look at what we can do to manage congestion and reduce emissions.

“The response so far has been great but we still want to hear from as many people as possible as we want to make sure we get this right for everyone in our community.”

Have your say on the A61 improvements. The survey closes on Sunday 16 October 2022.