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A38 improvement scheme will be examined

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Planning Inspectorate has accepted an application that aims to improve three existing roundabout junctions on the A38.

The application was submitted by Highways England on 23 April 2019 under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime.

The three junctions are the /A5111 Derby Kingsway Junction, the A38/A52 Markeaton Junction, and A38/A61 Little Eaton Junction.

Sarah Richards, chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate, said: “We have considered very carefully the application submitted by Highways England and decided that it meets the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for examination.

“Of course, this does not mean that consent has been given for the project to go ahead – acceptance of the application simply means that the examining authority can begin to make arrangements for the formal examination of the application.”

Highways England is seeking compulsory acquisition and temporary possession powers to acquire land and rights over land to support delivery of the scheme.

Works to the Kingsway Junction would include widening the A38 to three lanes between Kingsway and Markeaton junction. The speed limit would be increased from 40 mph to 50 mph. The A38 would be widened between the Markeaton junction and Kedleston Road junction and the speed limit would be increased from 40 mph to 50 mph.

The A38 at the Markeaton junction would be lowered to pass underneath a new roundabout, in a new underpass with two new bridges to carry the A52 and signalised roundabout traffic across the lowered A38.

At the Little Eaton junction, the A38 would be realigned to the south and east of the existing roundabout and built on an embankment. According to the documents submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, the existing roundabout extended to the south with new slip roads providing access on and off the new A38.

More information on the scheme can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.

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