The aim of the scheme is to carry out network management improvements on the A52 and Wyvern to improve journey times and reliability, provide safer travel opportunities, increase sustainable travel and support wider economic growth. The scheme includes:
The A52 Brian Clough Way is a major road linking Derby and Nottingham. Over 18 million vehicles per year use this road. It is part of a wider west/east strategic route linking the A50, A38 and M1. The A52 between Raynesway and Pentagon roundabout is also used for local trips between residential areas and the city centre and Pride Park. As a result the section of the A52 between Spondon and Pentagon roundabout is heavily congested during morning and afternoon peak hours.
The scheme was originally one of 31 proposed major transport schemes considered by Derby City Council. It was taken to the next stage as it would help to reduce collisions, improve traffic flow along a major route into the city centre and improve access to a significant area of employment. It will also provide economic benefits and this was one of the reasons it was selected for funding by the D2N2 LEP (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership).
We looked at a range of options and ruled out significant changes due to the amount of funding available and potential environmental impacts. 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.
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 in the area. The modified scheme was approved by Cabinet in June 2015.
On 7th December 2016, Council Cabinet considered a report that gave an update on scheme funding and the project risks that exist. The recommendations were approved and we now have approval to commence the scheme.
In July 2015, we held consultation events where the project team talked about the scheme proposals and answered any questions. A consultation questionnaire was available to be completed online or on paper. The consultation period ended on 7th August 2015. We compiled a Consultation Report based on the responses to the consultation.
Most of the scheme will be constructed either on existing highway or adjacent to the highway boundary. For those areas of the scheme outside this we required planning permission, which was granted in April 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 made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) which is a legal power that allows the Council to obtain land or property. The CPO was confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport on 14th February 2017 and became operative on 3rd March 2017. Agreements have now been reached with landowners over access rights, and negotiations to purchase the land required are continuing.
The Department for Transport allocates funding for major transport schemes to the LEP. The Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2 LEP) recently approved £6.72 million funding towards the project. We have secured £2.6 million from Highways England's Growth and Housing Fund. A contribution will be made by the developers of Derby Triangle, off Wyvern Way. The remaining funding will come from Derby City Council's capital programme and from other local developer contributions.
The main construction works have been programmed to start on 9th October 2017, to be completed by March 2019. To meet this start date, advanced works commenced in February 2017.