Work will start on the building of a new road from Occupation Lane, Woodville to the A514 Derby Road/A514 Swadlincote Road, Swadlincote, on 26th October 2020. The work will take approximately 40 weeks to complete.
The project was given the ‘green light’ to proceed by the Secretary of State for Transport in July through the confirmation of the Compulsory Purchase Order to enable Derbyshire County Council to acquire land and the Side Roads Order to make changes to the local highways impacted by the project. Notices have since been issued on the affected parties giving notice of the Council’s intention to take land confirmed through the Orders and allowing work to commence at the end of the month.
The work entails the construction of approximately 900m of new carriageway, 3 roundabout junctions and other infrastructure to enable the road to function as a highway. The new highway will share many of the features and facilities enjoyed along the already completed Hepworth Road for route consistency. When completed, the road will facilitate new development on the former open cast mining areas to the west of Occupation Lane creating new homes, commercial land and jobs for local people. The road will also allow expansion within the industrial estate off Common Road which is not realising its full potential.
The new road will create a new route for traffic between Ashby and the M1 corridor to Swadlincote that avoids the Clock Island which gets very congested at peak times and has a poor accident record. The route will also make it easier for residents in the Woodville Woodlands and other conurbations to the east to access facilities in the Town Centre. Access to leisure areas from Swadlincote towards the National Forest areas to the southwest will also be improved through use of road cycle facilities and links to existing rights of way.
Regrettably, there will be some disruption to those living adjacent to the route and the motoring public during its construction. Please accept the Council’s apologies in advance of this occurring and every reasonable effort will be made to minimise these impacts. Much of the work will be undertaken off the line of existing highways with only the tie-ins likely to require temporary traffic management and causing potential disruption to motorists. Some road closures overnight or at weekends may be necessary to undertake surfacing and other works throughout the construction period. Traffic will be diverted onto alternative parts of the highway network at these times.
Further details on the temporary traffic management arrangement will be posted on the council’s website – search for WoodvilleOrders.