Work to open up a new section of Derbyshire County Council’s flagship Markham Vale regeneration site started yesterday with a £1.2m road refurbishment project.
Erin Road, which will serve the next section of land to be developed on the site where the former Seymour Colliery once stood, will be closed for up to six months between Poolsbrook and Duckmanton and Markham Vale.
As well as groundwork for the gas, water and electricity supply, improvements will be carried out along the section of road stretching just over half a mile to make sure it can carry extra traffic once the Seymour site is developed.
A shuttle bus will be running between Poolsbrook and the Staveley and Duckmanton area, providing a connection to the existing bus services while the work takes place.
A bridge carrying an old haul road over Erin Road will also be demolished. The ‘Bailey’ bridge – a temporary bridge made of prefabricated steel truss panels bolted together – was used by colliery vehicles.