Council still looking at 'options for future' of Whittington Moor roundabout

Whittington Moor roundabout in Chesterfield.
Whittington Moor roundabout in Chesterfield.

Council chiefs say they are still considering 'options for the future' of Whittington Moor roundabout in Chesterfield.

Earlier this year, Derbyshire County Council launched a public consultation on plans which would see traffic lights installed on all six junctions of the roundabout.

The authority said the proposed £5million project would improve journey times and cut accidents at the busy site.

On Wednesday, a council spokesperson said: "We received around 1,700 responses to the public consultation.

"Options for the future of the A61 Whittington Moor roundabout are still being considered.

"A report to our council’s cabinet will be presented shortly."

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Councillor Simon Spencer, the council's cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, previously said: "There are long delays at peak times at the Whittington Moor roundabout and with more developments planned for the local area journey times are only going to get longer.

"The roundabout also has a high rate of accidents and we need to do all we can to reduce this.

"Doing nothing is not an option so we’ve developed some proposals for significant work which will improve journey times along the A61 and cut the number of crashes."

He added: "We do recognise that those who get on to the roundabout from Dunston Road will have slightly increased journey times but we feel there is really no other option to improve Whittington Moor roundabout. The scheme has been agreed in principle but we’d still like local people to let us have their views of our proposals."

The work is being funded from the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (D2N2 LEP). This is a partnership organisation of local councils, businesses and other organisations, which takes the lead on major infrastructure projects.