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The kindly fellows who steal a wad of my cash each year for refuse collection sent me a newsletter today regarding transport in Derby. No surprise they'll be congestion charging introduced.

Park and Ride Schemes

Derby currently has two Park and Ride Schemes, based at Pride Park Stadium and the Meteor Centre Retail Park. Current proposal's suggest four new P&R's;

  • A38/Derby Outer Ring Road - see below
  • A38/A6 Allestree - for traffic from the North
  • A52 at Spondon - for traffic from Nottingham and South
  • A50/A6 at Alvaston - for traffic from the South

The Spondon one looks quite close to Spondon Train Station (a heavily underused station on the MML/Derby-Nottingham line).

Mickleover and Mackworth Bus Expressway

Connecting Station Road at Mickleover and the P&R at Kingsway with Friar Gate and then towards the Wardwick in Derby. This will reduce journey times for Mickleover and Mackworth residents to five minutes (according to the council this takes 30 minutes in a car during the rush hour). The course runs along a former railway line. Work will include extensive work on the A38/Kingsway Junction which severed the disused railway in the 1970s.

New Roads

New road projects or improvement works in Derby include what looks like a second outer 'ring road' to the south of Derby running from the A50 junction at Chellaston across Sinfin Moor and then bypassing Littleover and Heatherton village to connect with Burton Road/A38. Considering the large extensions to the housing developments at Stenson Fields and Heatherton this will be quite essential.

Chellaston will also benefit from a bypass linking the A50 with Rolls Royce at Sinfin however this may have something to do with the proposed Chellaston Business Park on Sinfin Moor.

Junction improvements are also set to take place, notably the three heavily congested roundabouts on the A38's Derby stretch and also on the A6/Alvaston Bypass at Raynesway due to Raynesway Business Park being constructed nearby as well as the 'Axion' (business park for relocated Castleward businesses).

Existing public transport improvements

As well as new schemes, the existing bus routes and the services themselves will be seeing improvement. New bus lanes are currently being constructed on Osmaston Road.

Arriva Derby have promised major investment in new busses in Derby as many busses are now over 20 years old. Frequency increases are also expected.

Free City Centre Shuttle bus

DCC also want to operate a free bus linking key destinations in Derby City Centre (mostly likely the Train Station, Westfield, eventually the new Bus Station and the Cathedral Quarter.

Possible smart card

The council wants to introduce a Oyster Card style system which would cover congestion charges, bus travel, car parking and park and ride use.
 
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