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 BuxtonCllr 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.”