Derby City Council has submitted a planning application to improve traffic flow on the A52 and around the Wyvern.
The A52 (Brian Clough Way), a major road linking Derby to Nottingham and the M1, was built in the 1960s and now carries over 18 million vehicles per year. It is part of a wider west/east strategic route linking the A50, A38 and M1.
If the application is approved, construction is planned to start in 2017 (subject to final funding approval) and the work will take approximately 18 months to complete. The application includes:
- putting in a two lane access to the Wyvern and Pride Park from the A52
- extra lanes and 50mph speed limit on the A52 around junctions to the Wyvern and Pride Park
- bus priority measures
- carriageway resurfacing and replacement safety barriers
- and improvements to the Derwent Parade and Wyvern junction.
Specific improvements to aid pedestrians and cyclists include:
- a replacement accessible footbridge linking Meadow Lane, Chaddesden and Wyvern (includes ramped access for wheelchair users and cyclists)
- shared use pedestrian and cycle routes on Wyvern Way
- and new crossing facilities at junctions.
Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Communities and City Centre Regeneration said: “These improvements will be good news for the many people that live and work in and around the Wyvern and Pride Park. As well as benefiting car users, pedestrians and cyclists will have improved facilities including the new accessible footbridge.”
The (approximately) £10m scheme has been prioritised for funding from the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2 LEP) Local Growth Fund programme because it will provide economic benefits. In addition to the D2N2 LEP funding, the Council will also have to provide a local financial contribution and it is anticipated this will come from new developments in the area.