Drivers expected to travel an extra nine miles after 350-yard road closure
Motorists are being told to drive a nine-mile diversion route when a 350-yard stretch of road in Ilkeston is closed for a week.
Quarry Hill Road will be shut from Monday, November 20, to Friday, November 24, to enable a new road to be built for a nearby housing development.
Erewash Borough Council is warning people that the closure will have a “significant impact” on travel in the area, especially for those travelling from Long Eaton and Sandiacre to Ilkeston – and vice versa.
Instead of driving just 350 yards along Quarry Hill Road, drivers are being told to divert through Stanton Gate, past Bramcote Crematorium and through Trowell. This is a nine-mile diversion, whichsays will add an extra 24 minutes to a journey.
Councillor John Frudd, who represents Ilkeston South on Derbyshire County Council, said the suggested diversion was “utter rubbish” and that the authority should have talked to local people before suggesting the route.
The Labour councillor said: “They’re using a sledgehammer to crack a nut it seems. I have no idea where they got that route from as it shouldn’t take that long.
“It really makes me quite angry that they have decided to put such a convoluted route for people when you don’t need to go that way.
“I sympathise with drivers because it is going to cause a lot of problems.”
The road is being closed to enable construction of a new road for a development of almost 350 homes in Quarry Hill Road.
Erewash Borough Council said in a statement via its website: “Access will be maintained, whenever reasonably possible, on the affected length of road. The road will re-open as soon as the work is finished.”
Derbyshire County Council says those wanting to drive from Ilkeston to Sandiacre or Long Eaton will have to take the following diversion route:
- Little Hallam Hill, Ilkeston to Lower Stanton Road
- Lower Stanton Road to White Lion Square
- White Lion Square to Nottingham Road
- Nottingham Road to Coventry Lane
- Pasture Road to Moorbridge Lane
- Moorbridge Lane to Stanton Gate
- Stanton Gare to Lows Lane
- Lows Lane to Ilkeston Road then Quarry Road and vice versa
Councillor Carol Hart, leader of Erewash Borough Council said that even though the roadworks are going to cause “significant problems”, people who know the area will know alternative routes.
She said: “It’s a shame that this has to be done but even if a small amount of the road was closed, it would still be dangerous with all the heavy equipment.
“It is going to add extra time on people’s journeys but the work has to be done.
“They have said that once the work is done, it will be open as soon as possible and hopefully they crack on and get it done so there’s as little disruption possible.”