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Following the government release of the government UK Plan to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide levels, Derby was identified as one of five authorities (outside London) required to implement an action plan to improve air quality. Alongside Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton, Derby was included in this ‘first wave’ because national modelling suggested locations existed on the city’s transport network where nitrogen dioxide concentrations would exceed prescribed limits by 2020, if no action was taken.

A number of contributing factors affect the quality of the air; however, the main activity that causes locally high levels of air pollution is the use of motor vehicles – particularly those with diesel engines. Road transport is estimated to be responsible for up to 70% of the harm associated with air pollution.

There is a growing evidence base that demonstrates long term exposure to air pollution is harmful at levels well below current air quality limits/targets and is causing a significant morbidity and mortality burden in Derby. By far the largest disease burden attributable to environmental exposure and management of chemicals is related to exposure to air pollution.

Work is expected to commence at the end of January and finish in early summer 2021.

The first phase of works will involve surveying and drain cleaning which should not cause too much disruption to the travelling public and will last a couple of weeks. Following that changes to kerb lines and traffic signals at junctions will result in longer waiting times and diversions for pedestrians. Every effort will be made to reduce disruption at peak periods but drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journeys, choose alternative modes of travel or seek alternative routes. To help shorten the duration of the works the end of Brick Street will be closed during this phase of the works which will result in a short diversion for drivers.

Following an eight week public consultation in August/September 2018, Derby City Council has given the feedback careful consideration, along with other technical evidence in order to select and refine our preferred option, to help address roadside nitrogen oxide air quality issues in the city.

The assessments show that the traffic management option is the best option for Derby. Further refinement of this option has been undertaken following the consultation process to ensure it is the best option for the aims of the project.

Derby City Council are implementing traffic management measures to manage the flow of traffic in and around Stafford Street including the roads closest to the exceedance location:

  • changes to the junctions at either end of Stafford Street to restrict traffic flow in the most sensitive area
  • changes to improve 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.

In order to ensure that the full air quality benefits are achieved from the proposed changes to Stafford Street traffic management, the following changes will be required at the Ashbourne Road / Uttoxeter Old Road junction to achieve:

  • two general traffic lanes from Uttoxeter Old Road into Friar Gate
  • two general traffic lanes from Friar Gate into Bridge Street.

There has been, and continues to be, extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation regarding air quality and the specific Local Air Quality Plan for tackling roadside nitrogen oxide emissions in Derby. In addition to two rounds of public consultation during the development of the plan, there has been ongoing engagement with local businesses and groups representing economic, health and environmental interests both in the city and the sub-region. One example of this is the site visit with cycling representatives during the consultation to identify and to help mitigate specific scheme concerns.

Consultation results and stakeholder suggestions have been fed into the initial identification of the mitigation measures and into the development of the Clean Air Fund (CAF) bid. Further consideration is also being given to any other funding sources available to deliver other measures to support the wider air quality agenda.

It is entirely funded by DEFRA grants.

Derby and Nottingham have received £161m for transport improvements through the governments’ Transforming Cities Fund, aimed at improving connections between major employment sites and promoting active travel and public transport.

Confirmed in the Chancellor’s Budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020, the new funding will have a major impact on connectivity between Derby and Nottingham, focusing on four main areas:

  • City centre connectivity
  • Better connecting Derby, Nottingham and East Midlands Airport
  • Nottingham growth corridor
  • Derby growth corridors including:
    • Smart Park & Ride Hubs
    • Mass Transit Link
    • Demand Responsive Transport service
    • ‘Bus priority corridors’
    • Cycle lane improvements along key routes to employment sites
    • Workplace Travel Service

Derby City Council is committed to improving air quality for all of its residents it has recently approved its Air Quality Plan.