Final works on the government approved scheme which aims to reduce roadside emissions
Published: 19 May 2021
The resurfacing works will take place over three weekends in June, on Friar Gate between the Ford Street and Uttoxeter New Road junctions.
As a result, road closures will be in place between 7.00am and 10.00pm on the weekends of Saturday 5th/Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th/Sunday 13th, and Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th June. During this time Friar Gate and Ashbourne Road will be closed to traffic travelling out of the city towards the Markeaton Roundabout/A38 junction.
Every effort will be made to manage traffic flow and reduce disruption, but drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys.
Advanced warning signs will be in place and a full diversion route will be signed.
The Council has been working locally with officials from the Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) since 2015 to identify measures to ensure the government can meet its obligations to reduce levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) emissions from vehicles, in the shortest possible time.
Following public consultation on three options, the Council put forward a traffic and network management solution to tackle the one area of exceedance identified on Stafford Street, in response to prescribed limits determined by EU legislation.
It includes several junction design changes, and a significant modernisation of the Council’s urban traffic management system.
The improvement works to change the junctions are part of a wider package of measures, that will enable the Council to better manage traffic flow and monitor air quality, that includes:
- changes to the junctions at either end of Stafford Street to manage traffic flow in the most sensitive area
- changes to improve resilience and capacity at the Ashbourne Road / Uttoxeter Old Road junction to help provide alternative route choices
- traffic management measures to support alternative routes such as Uttoxeter Old Road
A Council spokesperson said:
“We are confident that the traffic and network management scheme is the most appropriate solution for Derby. It will deliver the reductions needed in the shortest possible time and contribute to improving the quality of air in our city. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to local businesses, residents and visitors for their patience during these works.”
Work on the Roadside NO2 project has been progressing well and the works on Stafford Street and Friar Gate will be completed early Summer 2021.