Roadworks under way by Chesterfield station

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Motorists are facing eight weeks of delays in Chesterfield to improve the approach to the town’s railway station.

Work has now started on a major project in Malkin Street on the approach to Corporation Street from Chesterfield Station.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place on Malkin Street for four weeks while the work is carried out.

The work is being carried out by landscape architects TEP in partnership with Chesterfield Council and incorporates a ‘rain garden’ which operates by diverting drainage from the road into a planted filter bed instead of going direct into the sewers, in a bid to reduce flooding risks.

The work is taking place next to North Midland House, the town’s first railway station and, to pay homage to its heritage, the pavement will feature replica railway tickets displaying the locations people could have travelled to in the early days of Chesterfield’s railways.

Coun John Burrows, Chesterfield Council leader and executive member for regeneration, said the work is taking place following public consultation.

He said: “The approach from Chesterfield Station is a key route into the town centre and is, indeed, the first view many people have when they visit Chesterfield.

“This location was chosen by residents at a public consultation last year, and will be both practical and attractive.”

The project has been funded by the European Regional Development fund – and the money could only be used to improve town centre gateways and could not be spent on any other council service.

Residents identified the location as an area needing investment during public consultation events held online and in person at the Pavements Shopping Centre during January 2013.