Significant stage reached in major Derby A38 roadworks project
A major road project to improve the A38 that has been talked about for more than four decades has reached a significant milestone.
The Secretary of State for Transport has granted Highways England permission to apply for a development consent order, which could see work on the £225 million scheme start by early 2021.
As a result, a detailed application containing hundreds of pages, describing how the three existing roundabout junctions at Little Eaton, Markeaton and Kingsway will be replaced by a flyover and two underpasses, has been made available to the public to view and comment on until August 5.
Anyone can then make representations on the application as long as they register as an interested party.
Those representations will then be looked at by the Planning Inspectorate, whose job it is to make a recommendation to the Government on whether the project should go ahead – a process which usually takes just over a year.
Gaining a development consent order would authorise the A38 work to begin and, in addition to the replacement of the three roundabouts, it would allow the compulsory purchase of land and the alteration of surrounding roads and streets.
The project is intended to speed up journeys between Birmingham and the M1 and through Derby by separating long-distance traffic from those making local journeys.
In February and March 2015, Highways England ran a public consultation to discuss its proposals.
Originally suggested in the 1970s, flyovers on the A38 were rejected because of their visual impact on nearby parkland.
A public consultation in 2003 backed revised plans – but the funding was never secured.
The documents are available to view daily (except Sunday) at the Riverside Library in the Council House, Derby or they can be found online on the project page of the planning inspectorate’s national infrastructure planning website: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/east-midlands/a38-derby-junctions/