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£14.9m win-win for Wyvern Way, Derby, works

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

A £14.9m project to improve safety and reduce congestion on a major route between Derby and Nottingham will be funded by Derby City Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The A52 road linking the two cities experiences high volumes of traffic. On average, 72,790 vehicles daily use the area around the road's Wyvern Way junctions, which provide links to Derby city centre and Pride Park business park and on to and beyond the M1.

To tackle congestion, Derby City Council has successfully bid for project funding from D2N2’s Local Growth Fund, which has been approved by the D2N2 area Infrastructure and Investment Board.

The £14.9m project to widen the A52 around Wyvern Way and install new signalling at the junction will be funded by £6.7m from the fund, £1.7m from Derby City Council, £2.6m from the Highways England Growth and Housing Fund, £2.6m from the ‘Derby Triangle’ agreement, £669,000 from the National Productivity Investment Fund, £251,870 in developer contributions and £200,000 from the Local Transport Plan.

Planning permission for the project was given in April 2016, with Derby City Council signing off the scheme in December.

Main construction works are due to begin next month and be completed by December 2018.

They will include:
· extra lanes and a 50mph speed limit on the A52, near the Wyvern junctions
· extra lanes and improvements on Wyvern Way
· improvements to Pullman Road, the Stanier Way roundabout and the entrance to the Wyvern Business Park
· a replacement footbridge linking Meadow Lane, Chaddesden and Wyvern
· realigned accesses to and from the Wyvern/Pride Park and the A52
· new signal controlled crossroads at the junction of Wyvern Way and Derwent Parade
· bus priority detectors on the westbound approach to the traffic signals
· new shared-use pedestrian and cycle routes in Wyvern Way and Pullman Road
· crossing facilities at junctions
· resurfacing, and
· replacement safety barriers.

It is estimated project benefits will include:
· creating 3,300 jobs (including during construction)
· ‘unlocking’, or making accessible, around 23 hectares of brownfield employment land
· installing a replacement foot/cycle bridge
· creating 2.5km of shared-use foot/cycle paths, and
· providing 55,000sq m of drained area and more than 5,000sq m of wetland habitat.

Phase one of the construction, will include installation of a central reservation and building an additional A52 lane, followed by widening and resurfacing works in phase two.

D2N2's Local Growth Fund, allocated via Government, aims to co-fund building works which create the infrastructure necessary for economic growth, including better roads, skills and employment sites.

Tom Goshawk, D2N2 Capital Projects Manager, said: “Transport is a vital part of every successful economy. Businesses need well-developed links to transport goods and services efficiently and workers need to be able to reach places of employment.

“That is why we’re working closely with Derby City Council to improve access to, and use of, one of the key arterial routes in our area.”

Councillor Martin Rawson, Derby City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, added: “I am delighted that D2N2 has agreed to part-fund this project, which will improve safety and reduce congestion on the A52 and Wyvern Way.

“Together with other projects under our City Centre Masterplan we will transform Derby into a vibrant and successful city centre, which in turn will drive the local economy.”

To learn more about the A52 Wyvern improvements see Derby City Council’s website at