CHESTERFIELD: Council chiefs bid for Government funding to tackle congestion at roundabouts

Lordsmill roundabout.
Lordsmill roundabout.

Council chiefs have submitted a bid for Government funding to cut congestion at two busy Chesterfield roundabouts.

Derbyshire County Council is awaiting the outcome of a bid for £4m to tackle congestion around the Whittington Moor roundabout – which would include the installation of traffic lights.

In addition, the authority is looking at how it can deal with problems at Lordsmill roundabout as part of a review of traffic in that area.

Scores of readers have taken to the Derbyshire Times’ Facebook page to call for action to tackle congestion at the roundabouts.

Kelly Cameron commented: “I’d sooner take the long way round than tackle Whittington Moor roundabout.”

Katerina Roberts said: “The road arrangements at Whittington Moor roundabout need to be sorted urgently.”

Carl Madin added: “They definitely need lights at Lordsmill roundabout but Whittington Moor roundabout should take priority. It’s a death trap!”

However, not everyone welcomed the council’s announcement.

Peter Wilson said: “I’m not sure whether this would reduce congestion. In my opinion there are too many traffic lights in Chesterfield which are the cause of this build up of traffic.”

Rebekah Barnett said: “They can’t put traffic lights on Whitting Moor roundabout because it’s too stupidly designed. There are no set lanes for any exit and most of the time you have no choice but to cut someone up.”

And Craig Mason added: “The road surfaces need doing first.”

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