The A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme - Earlier news


December 2018

The following scheduled works were completed on time:

  • Steel safety barriers installed on westbound A52
  • A52 central concrete barrier works completed
  • Lighting ducting installed along and across the A52
  • Hydrobrake and drainage installed to the pond north of the A52
  • Topsoil and seeding of completed areas
  • Nosing and barriers completed at A52 Spondon slip road
  • Three lanes opened on A52 Eastbound between The Wyvern and Raynesway

21st December - Update on scheme - Derby City Council Newsroom.

November 2018

Work was carried out week commencing 5th November to install road crossings for street lighting and drainage, and work continued on extending the concrete barrier towards the Raynesway barrier.

October 2018

Works have continued to be carried out between Raynesway and Pentagon Island (both directions) including resurfacing works, installation of temporary barriers, and road markings to facilitate the central barrier works, and the extension of the concrete barrier up to Raynesway.

August 2018

Works were carried out on the westbound carriageway from 30th July - 25th August to construct a new retaining wall.

June 2018

From Monday 4th June for a two week period, works commenced overnight on the newly installed concrete central reservation barrier. 

April 2018

From Tuesday 17th April, work commenced to create the new narrow lane arrangements on the A52 Eastbound and Westbound carriageways, ready for the next phase of widening works.  Temporary barriers have been put in place on both carriageways. 

Brian Clough Way – Central barrier works - 24th March 2018

The updated article on Derby City Council News dated 23rd March 2018 gives details of the next phase of work to be carried out as part of the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme.

This phase of work, on the A52 Brian Clough Way between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions, started on Saturday 24th March 2018. The construction of the new concrete central reservation barrier was carried out in the daytime and was done during the Easter school holiday period, when there is usually less traffic on the roads.

From Sunday 25th March to Thursday 29th March, and then from Tuesday 3rd April to Friday 6th April, one lane was closed in each direction on the A52 Brian Clough Way. These closures, between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions, were in place for 24 hours a day.

Council News - 23rd March 2018 - https://news.derby.gov.uk/a52-wyvern-transport-improvement-scheme-update-on-advanced-notice-of-daytime-lane-closures/

Wyvern Way/Stanier Way junction improvement – 23rd March 2018

The road layout at Wyvern Way/Stanier Way junction was altered during the evening of 21st March as part of the next phase of work to construct a new roundabout at this junction. This is a key phase of the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme and once complete will improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

A few issues with this junction were raised and changes to the road markings were made overnight on 22nd March. Additional signs have been put in place. Further changes have been made to make the temporary layout easier to understand and to provide a safer route for pedestrians. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Council News - 12th March 2018https://news.derby.gov.uk/a52-wyvern-transport-improvement-scheme-advanced-notice-of-daytime-lane-closures/


21st December 2017 – Scheme update

Relocation of pedestrian crossing on Wyvern Way - During week commencing 18th December 2017, work took place to move the pedestrian crossing from its current location on Wyvern Way, near Toys R Us, further up Wyvern Way towards Derwent Parade. A temporary footway has been created from the footbridge to the replacement crossing. Temporary lights have been put in place.

A52 Brian Clough Way Eastbound overnight road closures - Work continued on the A52 Eastbound with nightly road closures, between Eastgate/Pentagon Island and Wyvern, until Thursday 21st December 2017. There was a break over the Christmas/New Year period. When the works started again on Monday 8th January 2018, the closures were from Pentagon Island to Raynesway, including the slip road from Wyvern Way onto the A52 Eastbound. The road was closed Monday to Friday nights from 8.00pm to 6.00am. Works did not start until after 11.00pm on the midweek evenings when Derby County Football Club played home games.

Derwent Parade/Wyvern Way roundabout - Works continued on 2nd January 2018 on Derwent Parade near to the Wyvern Way roundabout. This will involve lane closures whilst work is carried out in the footway.

Wyvern Way slip road to A52 westbound – The lane leading from Wyvern Way to the A52 westbound was narrowed for 3 weeks from 15th January 2018 whilst work is carried out in the verge.

2nd November 2017 – Scheme update

The main works contract for the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvements commenced on 9th October. A small amount of night time work has taken place on the A52 following the introduction of the temporary safety measures and reduced speed limit. Works to construct the new central reservation, drainage improvements and additional lane on the A52 Eastbound are planned to start on 13th November. In the meantime the route has been open to accommodate traffic diverted from the Highways England’s night time road closures on the A38 at Little Eaton.

October 2017 - A52 Scheme main construction works start

Between 9th October and 12th October 2017, the A52 Brian Clough Way was closed overnight between Raynesway and Pentagon so that temporary safety barriers could be erected and narrow lanes created. This means that the width of the main carriageway will be reduced for the duration of the works on the A52. Two narrowed lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during the daytime and when the road is not closed.

As part of the works, the width of the central reserve is being reduced and a new safety barrier installed. This will give more room to widen the carriageway. Additional lanes will be created in each direction between Wyvern and Raynesway. As well as increasing capacity, the additional lanes will reduce the need for drivers to change lanes. 

The improvements on the A52 are part of the wider scheme, which also involves work on Wyvern Way, Stanier Way roundabout, Pullman Road, The Sidings, Derwent Parade junction and the footbridge across the A52 from Meadow Lane. The A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme - General Arrangement Drawing‌ (6.2 mb) shows the extents of the Scheme.

Work to prepare for the replacement of Meadow Lane footbridge started in October 2017.

Council News - 25th September 2017https://news.derby.gov.uk/road-closures-on-a52-wyvern

September 2017 - Advanced works continue

  • Advanced works have continued in preparation for the start of the main construction works
  • Site office set up on land off Wyvern Way
  • Final negotiations are taking place and it is anticipated that the main works contract will be completed early in October 2017.
  • The first phase of the main construction works will involve works on the A52, this will include:
    • widening of A52 in vicinity of Wyvern junctions
    • carriageway resurfacing and replacement safety barriers.

August 2017 - Confirmation of D2N2 LEP funding

On Monday 31st July 2017, D2N2 LEP confirmed that £6.72m funding has been awarded towards the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme:


March 2017 - Confirmation of Highways England contribution

Highways England has confirmed a £2.6 million contribution from the Growth and Housing Fund towards the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme.

The £100 million fund was set up as part of the government’s £15 billion investment in roads and provides financial contributions towards the cost of road improvements that are needed for new developments, which promise timely delivery of homes and jobs.

27th February 2017 - Advanced works commence

Work on the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme started on Monday 27th February 2017. This work was carried out to prepare the site in advance of the main works. The work was needed so that utility companies, such as Severn Trent Water, could divert buried services that would be in the way of the proposed new layout.

Most of this advanced stage of the work was carried out off the highway on land at Wyvern Way, known as Derby Triangle. For the work done on the highway, there were some off peak traffic lights and narrow lanes on Wyvern Way, and off peak lane closures on the A52. No road closures were required at this stage.

The advanced works also included the removal of trees around the Wyvern and A52. The trees needed to be felled in advance of the nesting season and an ecologist was on site to supervise the works. As part of the main works new wildlife habitats will be created including new areas of tree planting. 

14th February 2017 - Compulsory Purchase order confirmed

Some objections to the CPO were sent to the National Transport Casework Team and we prepared for a Public Inquiry, which was due to be held in February 2017. All objections to the Order were withdrawn and the Public Inquiry was cancelled.

Agreements have been reached with landowners over access rights, and negotiations to purchase the land required are continuing. The CPO was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport on 14th February 2017. It became operative on 3rd March 2017, when a notice was published in the Derby Telegraph, site notices were posted near the land and qualifying persons were notified.


December – Council Cabinet approval

On 7th December 2016, Council Cabinet considered a report about the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme. The report gives an update on scheme funding and the project risks that exist. The recommendations were approved and we now have approval to commence the scheme.

July – Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Local Enterprise Partnership - Stage 1 approval

This was the first stage in a two-stage approval process to obtain £6.72 million from the Local Growth Fund towards the scheme.  Stage 1 approval is to provide assurance that the project is progressing and all risks to delivery are being managed. The stage 1 application for the Scheme was approved in July 2016. This outlined the current status of the project and showed that the requirements had been met. The next step is to prepare the stage 2 application, which includes a full business case.  It is planned to submit this to D2N2  in summer 2017.

June - The Derby City Council (A52 Wyvern Transport Improvements) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016

Some of the land needed for the scheme is not currently owned by Derby City Council and we need to buy this land.  We are discussing buying the land with the owners and hopefully this will be possible. However, in case there are any problems, we also made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO).  A CPO is a legal power which allows the Council to obtain land or property.  We need to show that the taking of land is necessary and that it is in the public interest.

As part of the process we made sure that all those with an interest in the land were aware of the CPO.  This included putting notices in the Derby Telegraph, putting up site notices near the land and serving notices on qualifying persons. The CPO and relevant documents, including plans showing the land that is needed, were available to view at the Council House, Corporation Street, Derby.

The CPO documents on deposit were:

April - Planning application

Planning permission was granted, subject to conditions, for:

A52 Wyvern Transport Improvements scheme - Realigned A52 Wyvern junction, replacement footbridge and associated embankments, highway, accommodation and earth works.

Most of the scheme will be constructed on existing highway or will be constructed immediately adjacent to highway and is, therefore, permitted development under The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

Planning permission was requested for those areas outside and not adjacent to the highway boundary. The areas requiring planning permission are:

  • replacement footbridge from Meadow Lane to Wyvern Way over the A52
  • realigned junction from the A52 to Wyvern Way
  • construction of a new pumping station and associated earthworks to the south of Wyvern Way
  • accommodation works including new access road to Toys 'R' us car park
  • construction of a new noise bund to the North of the A52.

The areas needed for planning permission, and the permitted development areas, are shown on submitted drawing: A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme - Drawing:HD12092-000-033B–Planning-Extents

To view the full planning application, please use the eplanning service quoting reference number 01/16/00087. More information about the planning process can be found here.


In July 2015, we held public consultation events where the project team talked about the scheme proposals and answered any questions. Exhibition boards showed the location of the scheme, existing issues, key features of the scheme and access and environmental considerations. A consultation questionnaire was available to be completed online or on paper. The consultation period ended on 7th August 2015. The Consultation Report explains how the consultation was undertaken and summarises the responses made by stakeholders.

During 2015, consultation took place with major stakeholders and the scheme was modified. Changes included further safety benefits, more pedestrian and cycle improvements and allowed for further development on Wyvern. The modified scheme was approved by Cabinet in June 2015. Two plans were presented, Appendix 3 shows the modified full scheme, including provision for development traffic generated by the Derby Triangle development. Appendix 4 shows the modified scheme for the A52 scheme only.


A report, along with a summary of the feasibility study, was considered by Council Cabinet in February 2014. Cabinet approved the preferred option which includes modification and improvements based on existing levels.

In January 2014, an Option Assessment Report was completed on behalf of the Council, looking at a range of options. We needed to come up with the best scheme that would help to reduce collisions, improve traffic flow and improve access. We ruled out significant changes due to the amount of funding available and potential environmental impacts.

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