CHESTERFIELD: Bid to boost safety at roundabout

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A busy roundabout could be made safer if council chiefs clinch crucial funding.

The local transport board for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) Local Enterprise Partnership has met to decide which highways projects should be put forward for financial backing from the Government between 2015 and 2019.

£3.24m has been earmarked for a plan to improve Whittington Moor roundabout on the A61 to the north of Chesterfield.

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “The road, and this junction in particular, suffer from severe congestion and delays at peak times.

“It also has a poor accident record. Between January 2008 and December 2012, there were 59 crashes at the junction injuring a total of 78 people.

“We want to carry out a number of improvements at the roundabout to cut congestion and make it safer. And by reducing delays and accidents, it would support plans for further housing and business development in the town.”

In addition, a project to build a new link road opening up a further 33 hectares of land for development on the former Seymour Colliery site at Markham Vale has been recommended to receive £2.52m.

Cllr Joan Dixon, the council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “This is great news for Derbyshire.

“It gives assurances that two major projects are in line to be delivered in the next six years.

“Building a strong economy in Derbyshire is a key area of focus for the county council.

“These schemes will bring economic benefits to local communities and the county by opening up opportunities for further development such as for housing and business,” she added.