Busy Derbyshire road to receive new traffic lights to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists
New traffic lights are to become operational on one of Derby’s busiest roads in the next few weeks, it has been confirmed.
The new lights have been placed on Alfreton Road in Derby between the Little Eaton island and Pektron Island – close to the A38 where there is a 50mph speed limit.
They are being installed to make it safe for pedestrians and cyclists to cross to get to bus stops and the cycle path.
And the traffic lights will be given the green light, literally, when they become functional sometime within the next four weeks, Derbyshire County Council says.
One of Derby’s busiest roads, the Alfreton Road route allows motorists to use the A38 either northbound or southbound or to get into the city.
Long traffic queues can be seen in both directions at peak times.
The county council told Derbyshire Live the new lights have been funded by Highways England as part of the major changes planned for the A38 in Derby.
The £250m A38 Derby Junction Scheme, which is currently pending a legal investigation with the High Court, could see major changes at the Little Eaton, Markeaton and Kingsway traffic islands should final approval be granted.
The lights are being installed to “provide a connection for local residents between Breadsall village and a nearby cycle path and bus stops.”
Despite the lights being installed in a 50mph zone, the county council – who are managing the installation – said it was satisfied there were no safety issues as the lights are “designed to be suitable” for the speed limit.
A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “The project has been funded by Highways England as part of its new road scheme along the A38.
“The traffic light crossing will provide a connection for local residents between Breadsall village and a nearby cycle path and bus stops.
“It has been designed to be suitable for a 50mph road with the traffic lights themselves on poles that are taller than standard so they can be seen from much further away and an extra traffic light on an arm across the middle lane to make them even more visible to drivers.
“We anticipate they will be operating within the next two to four weeks.
“The temporary 50mph speed limit, which has been in place during the works, will also become permanent in due course.”