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Surface dressing to take place on roads around Derbyshire

Published: 22 May 2020

We are going to surface dress 16 miles of roads starting on 1 June which will take around 8 weeks to complete.


Surface dressing extends the life of a road and prolongs the need for expensive resurfacing work. Roads that are surface dressed can last for 10 to 15 years. First any potholes are mended, then a layer of bitumen is laid which acts as the glue for the chippings that are rolled on top.

Driving over the chippings helps to further bed them in and any loose chippings are then swept away several weeks later. However, extra rolling will take place because of the reduced amount of traffic on the roads.

Roads can only be surface dressed when the weather is warmer and the materials can bind together more effectively and the chippings are less likely to be washed away by rain.

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

“We’ll be taking advantage of what we hope to be good summer weather and surface-dress around 16 miles of road around the county. It’s important that we work to keep our roads in good condition and surface dressing is one of the ways we can do that.”

The workforce will adhere to social distancing and travel to sites in separate vehicles while carrying out the work.

Find out more about surface dressing.

List of roads to be surface-dressed in order of work taking place:

  • Sparrowpit – unnamed section from Barmoor Clough to the Peak Forest speed limit sign
  • Buxton – Brierlow Road, from Burlow Road to the B5053
  • Flagg – unnamed section at Flagg Moor, from Blindlow Lane to Moor Lane
  • Ashford, Monyash – Horse Lane, from Chapel Street to Highlow
  • Middleton, Youlgreave – Long Rake, from The Rake to Back Lane
  • Parsley Hay / Hartington – B5054, from Long Rake to 310 metres south east of the B5054 junction
  • Osmaston – Moor Lane
  • Osmaston – Church Lane
  • Netherseal – Gunby Hill, from Grangewood Road to Lullington Road
  • Netherseal – Acresford Road, from A444 Cricketts Inn to Netherseal Village
  • Walton on Trent – Main Street, for 500 metres north west of the 50 mph sign
  • Burnaston – Staker Lane
  • Dale Abbey, Stanton by Dale - Potato Pit Lane, from Woodpecker Hill / Dale Rd to the junction for Boyah Grange Farm
  • Dale Abbey, Stanton by Dale, Sandiacre – No Mans Lane, from the junction for Boyah Grange Farm to the entrance for Park Farm
  • Belper Town (Belper Lane End) – Belper Lane
  • Holymoorside and Walton / Wingerworth – Stoneycroft Lane
  • Wingerworth – Steep Lane
  • Wingerworth – Malthouse Lane
  • Wingerworth – Hillhouses Lane
  • Wingerworth – Pearce Lane
  • Darley Dale – B5057 Sydnope Hill