MEMORY LANE: What a relief! New Buxton road opens to ease town centre congestion

Cllr Arthur Robinson opens the Spring Gardens Relief Road in 1987, taking traffic along the present route past the railway station.
Cllr Arthur Robinson opens the Spring Gardens Relief Road in 1987, taking traffic along the present route past the railway station.
  • Buxton town centre relief road opened in September 1987
  • £750,000 road scheme took ten months to complete
  • Links junction of Cavendish Circus and Station Road to Spring Gardens

It took 30 years of campaigning, but in September 1987 there was finally relief for Buxton.

The new Spring Gardens relief road was officially opened by local county councillor Arthur Robinson.

I think we need to bear in mind that this road will be a tremendous boost to Buxton

Cllr Martin Doughty

Stretching one-third of a mile from the junction of Cavendish Circus and Station Road to Spring Gardens, the £750,000 road scheme was aimed at easing traffic congestion in Buxton’s shopping centre.

Cllr Robinson - who had been at the forefront of negotiations for a relief road - was given the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially declare the new road open, and also unveiled a commemorative plaque.

“Today we are witnessing the end of a long haul,” Cllr Robinson told the Advertiser.

Construction work had been carried out over a ten-month period.

County council chairman, Cllr Martin Doughty, used the opening to voice calls for a new road to bypass Fairfield.

“I think we need to bear in mind that this road will be a tremendous boost to Buxton,” he said.

“But it is only one part of the work to be carried out in this area to make it a more pleasant place to visit and shop in, and I think there is the need for some urgent attention to Fairfield.”