Scheme hits key milestone as new traffic signals switch on and slip road reopens
Published: 10 July 2020
The A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme is set to hit another key milestone on Monday, as the new traffic signals along Wyvern Way are switched on, and the A52 westbound on-slip reopens.
The work, that is taking place in two phases, saw the new signals switched on at the Stanier Way roundabout and The Sidings, on Monday 6th July.
Phase two is due to take place on Monday morning (13th July), with the lights at Pullman Road and the Derwent Parade roundabout being turned on, and the long awaited A52 westbound on-slip reopened.
Users will be able to appreciate the extent of the work done on and around the A52 , when a significant number of traffic cones are removed from the area. The new traffic signals will be monitored, with any necessary changes being made to ensure a smooth transition.
Drivers will be able to take advantage of increased network capacity being opened on the Wyvern, with the new signalised roundabouts improving the way traffic moves in and out of Pride Park and Wyvern. The extra lanes on Wyvern Way will accommodate any additional traffic generated by the development of Derby Triangle. The signalised junctions at Pullman Road and The Sidings will help to manage traffic flows and improve access to and from the Wyvern Retail Park.
Pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from improved facilities, including wider footways and controlled crossings at all traffic signal locations.
This latest milestone, follows intensive work over the last year, including the installation of the brand new footbridge back in May. The bridge will bring huge improvements to walking and cycling facilities in the area, when it opens later in the year. It will create a fully accessible link between residential and commercial areas for pedestrians and cyclists.
Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation said:
I would like to thank local businesses, residents and motorists for their continued patience and cooperation. Delivering an infrastructure project this size and complexity, will inevitably create disruption, but we have moved forward with significant purpose over the last year, despite the added challenges that the coronavirus has brought. As a Council, we remained committed to delivering this scheme, whilst ensuring public health advice was followed.Together with our partners, we have worked tirelessly over the past few months, to find alternative ways of working, to ensure the safety of our workforce, whilst still delivering this scheme. This latest milestone has been delivered within the 13 months we first pledged, despite the pandemic, and the impact this had on the bridge lift installation, demonstrating the city’s huge resilience.