Horns Bridge restrictions may be relaxed earlier than predicted

Horns Bridge roundabout.
Horns Bridge roundabout.

An urgent review is being carried out to see if traffic restrictions at Horns Bridge roundabout can be relaxed earlier than predicted.

Chesterfield Borough Council is working with the contractors Killingley, project managers TEP and Derbyshire County Council to consider removing some of the restrictions.

A number of lanes around the busy gateway to Chesterfield have been closed and the traffic lights switched off – causing travel misery at busy times – as a controversial sculpture is installed.

Earlier this week, the borough council said disruption was expected to last for six weeks.

Councillor John Burrows, leader of borough council, said today: “We have asked the contractors to see if they can speed up their work or phase it in such a way that some or all of the restrictions can be lifted sooner rather than after six weeks.

“They are coming up with a revised plan which will then need to be agreed with the highways team at the county council to see whether traffic restrictions can either be safely removed or reduced in size without compromising road safety.

“We have been working with all partners to minimise delays and are sorry to those people who have experienced hold-ups in the morning and evening rush hours. Traffic at other times of the day has been flowing well without problems.

“As soon as we have a revised schedule agreed we will publicise it.”

Groundworks on the island at Horns Bridge roundabout started on Monday ahead of the £300,000 artwork being placed there in September.

The sculpture, called Growth, by local artist Melanie Jackson, will feature a wheel to symbolise the town’s strong industrial heritage. The overall project is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

A borough council spokesman said: “The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Barratt Homes – this funding can only be used for this purpose and cannot be used to fund any other council service. The idea for the statue came from the business community asking the council to make the entrance points to the town more attractive and Growth was chosen by residents and business leaders in a consultation last year.”