CHESTERFIELD: New road scheme to improve safety

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A traffic calming scheme to improve pedestrian safety in Chesterfield has been approved.

Plans for Infirmary Road were drawn up after records showed there were 12 collisions in which people were injured – six involving a pedestrian – between 2006 and 2011.

The £25,000 scheme approved by the county council last week will include:

• Installing three bus-friendly traffic speed cushions on the Infirmary Road approach to Chesterfield College

• Repositioning an existing pedestrian crossing to coincide with the traffic calming plateau at the main college car park

• Installing hump warning signs on the approaches to the scheme

Cllr Dean Collins, Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “This scheme will help address concerns raised by local residents and Chesterfield College about pedestrian safety and car speeds.”

As part of the consultation, one objection raised concerns over standing water but drainage work will be carried out by the county council, including providing extra gullies, to help address this issue.