£4m changes for junction with high accident record

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Two major transport schemes in North Derbyshire are being recommended to receive Government funding.

The proposals involve allocating £3.24 million towards a £4.86m scheme to improve Whittington Moor roundabout on the A61 in Chesterfield.

And a project to build a new link road opening up a further 33 hectares for development on the former Seymour colliery next to Markham Vale is also being recommended to receive funding totalling £2.52m.

Coun Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “This is great news for North Derbyshire.

“It gives assurances that two major projects are in line to be delivered in the next six years.”

The council said Whittington Moor roundabout suffers from severe congestion and delays at peak times, and has a poor accident record.

Between January 2008 and December 2012, there were 59 crashes at the junction injuring a total of 78 people.

The county council wants to carry out a number of improvements at the roundabout to cut congestion and make it safer.