September 25th 2017

The main works for the £14.9 million major transport improvements are planned to start on Monday 9th October 2017.

The scheme aims to address traffic congestion concerns and provide improvements for pedestrians and cyclists using the area, and includes:

  • a replacement wider pedestrian and cycle bridge across the A52 from Meadow Lane, Chaddesden to Wyvern, with ramps so that it is accessible to all users
  • extra lanes on the A52, near the Wyvern junctions
  • carriageway resurfacing and replacement safety barriers
  • a new two lane slip road off the A52 into Wyvern/Pride Park
  • a new signal controlled crossroads at the junction of Wyvern Way and Derwent Parade, with bus priority detectors on the westbound approach
  • improvements to help pedestrians and cyclists including new shared use routes and new crossing facilities

To minimise congestion during construction, the works on the A52 will take place overnight, Monday to Friday for 20 weeks. Diversions will be put in place and other works on the route will be completed at the same time to utilise the road closure.

We are liaising with Highways England to manage the impact of road works on the wider core road network. During the period of the works a temporary speed limit of 40 and 50 mph will be introduced and interactive signs installed.

Initially during the week commencing 9th October we will need to close the A52 Westbound for 2/3 nights in order to erect temporary safety barriers. This will reduce the width of the main carriageway for the duration of the works but two lanes will be maintained. Once the barriers are in place the A52 Eastbound will be closed overnight to enable the main works to take place, this will also result in two narrow running lanes operating in the daytime for the duration of the works.

The key dates for the eastbound closure of the A52, from the Pentagon to Raynesway are:

  • from 16th October 2017 to 8th December 2017 – closed from 8.00pm to 6.00am, Monday to Friday
  • from 11th December 2017 to 22nd December 2017 –  closed from 10.00pm to 6.00am, Monday to Friday
  • no works will be carried out between 23rd December 2017 and 7th January 2018
  • from 8th January 2018 to 28th February – closed from 8.00pm to 6.00am, Monday to Friday

During this period Derby County FC will play three midweek home games. On these nights works will be pushed back and will not start before 11.00pm.

The main diversions for the A52 closures are proposed via the A6, Pride Park and A5111 Raynesway subject to Highways England approval.  Drawings showing the routes affected and the proposed diversions are available on our website, together with other information about the works.

Advanced warning signs will be erected in and around the A52 advising of the proposed road closures.

Additional fencing will be erected, and we will be working with the contractor to minimise night time noise where possible.

Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council and Cabinet Member for Communities and City Centre Regeneration said: “I am delighted to see this scheme moving forward as its main aims is to alleviate traffic congestion and to improve safety in and around Pride Park. The improvements will also make it easier for local residents who choose to walk or cycle to the Wyvern and Pride Park areas.”