September saw the opening of the full network capacity on the A52 and Wyvern following intensive work over the summer months, bringing this key infrastructure project closer to completion.
Despite the pandemic, work has continued at pace on site, and the Council remained committed to delivering this major project, whilst ensuring public health advice was followed to keep all involved safe.
Road users now benefit from increased capacity, improved traffic flow and enhanced safety measures:
- an additional lane between the Wyvern and Raynesway junctions on both carriageways
- re-alignment of the slip roads between the westbound A52 and Wyvern junction, making a smoother transition on to the Wyvern, and increasing visibility
- two lanes in both directions on Wyvern Way
- increased capacity and enhanced safety on the roundabouts at Derwent Parade and Stanier Way due to the construction of additional lanes and signalisation
- improved safety measures, including signage and the upgrading of the central reserve barriers
- signalisation of the junctions at Pullman Road and The Sidings
Pedestrians and cyclists now benefit from improved and upgraded facilities across the area including the construction of the new combined footway and cycleway to the southern side of Wyvern Way and the signal controlled crossing points at both roundabouts and at the junctions of Pullman Road and The Sidings.
The scheme has also brought improvements to the highway drainage, including the construction of stormwater attenuation facilities in three locations.
Work will now continue on the brand new footbridge, that was lifted into place back in May. The new bridge, which measures over 82 metres in length and four and a half metres wide, will provide a significant enhancement to walking and cycling facilities in the area, creating a fully accessible link between the residential area and commercial areas for pedestrians, cyclists, wheelchair, mobility scooter and pushchair users.
The bridge is expected to open to the public by the end of October, subject to weather and working conditions, marking the end of the improvement scheme.
Councillor Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation said:
“ I am delighted that together with our partners, we have been able to pull together over the last few months to find alternative ways of working during the pandemic, and be able to continue to press ahead with significant pace and purpose.
“The scheme is a key infrastructure project for our city, which will bring significant long term benefits to a congested part of Derby’s principal road network, offering improved access to the city and supporting wider growth. The completion of the scheme is almost upon us, and I would once again like to thank local businesses, residents and motorists for their ongoing patience and cooperation. “