Green light for £250m A38 Derby roundabouts scheme

National Highways’ plans to improve congestion at three bottlenecks on the A38 around Derby have got the green light after receiving development consent.

Contractor BAM still needs to get the go-ahead to start construction of the £250m, which involves major upgrades to roundabouts at Kingsway, Markeaton and Little Eaton. 

National Highways’ proposals were initially granted consent in January 2021.

Following a legal challenge and a High Court ruling that the decision be quashed, the application has undergone a thorough redetermination process leading to yesterday’s consent.   

National Highways Regional Delivery Director Anita Prashar said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement which means we have successfully achieved a major milestone on the project to improve the A38 round Derby for the thousands of people who use the route each day.  

“While we still need to get final approval to start construction, we will begin to remobilise and reprogramme the project, which could take a minimum of 12 months. “

The A38 Derby Junctions scheme

A38/A61 Little Eaton roundabout

A38 will take a 90 degree turn over the flyover at Little Eaton

A38/A52 Markeaton roundabout

Three-lane A38 will pass under the existing A52 at the former Markeaton island junction

A38/A5111 Kingsway roundabout

Existing Kingsway island will have an underpass constructed

There is now a six-week period in which parties can lodge an intention to legally challenge the decision. 

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