Notorious High Peak roads set for multi-million pound safety scheme to reduce accidents

A council transport chief has announced that ongoing multi-million pound plans to improve road safety and reduce accidents have moved a step closer for two more notorious Derbyshire highways.
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Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet approved the latest stage for the two projects, at a Cabinet meeting, on September 21, with road safety improvements planned for a 7.5mile stretch of the A5004 between Buxton and Whaley Bridge and a nine-mile stretch of the A5012 between Cromford and Newhaven.

The A5012 or Via Gellia road, and the A5004 or Long Hill road, were identified with the A619 Baslow to Bakewell road, known as The Thirteen Bends, as being among the 50 highest risk roads in England, according to the Government.

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And the county council subsequently received a share of a national £175m Safer Roads Fund from the Department for Transport to carry out safety improvements on these routes.

The A5004 Long Hill Road Which Runs Between Buxton And Whaley Bridge, DerbyshireThe A5004 Long Hill Road Which Runs Between Buxton And Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire
The A5004 Long Hill Road Which Runs Between Buxton And Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire

Cllr Charlotte Cupit, Cabinet member for Highways Assets and Transport, told the Cabinet meeting that there has been strong public support for the improvements and the council has been working hard to ensure the safety of road-users.

She said: “There has been strong support for it and we hope to proceed with this and using the Government grant we hope to make some improvements.”

The Cabinet has now approved the latest phase for the A5012 and A5004 agreeing the overall work, procurement strategy and confirming the overall budget for the three projects as £6.798m.

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Cllr Cupit said: “We have carefully considered additional ideas and suggestions put forward during the consultation and, where we can, will do our best to take these on board including ideas to improve the A515 / A5012 Newhaven junction with a new, separate right-turn only lane.

Pictured Is The A5012 Via Gellia Road, In DerbyshirePictured Is The A5012 Via Gellia Road, In Derbyshire
Pictured Is The A5012 Via Gellia Road, In Derbyshire
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“I’m looking forward to starting work on this major safety scheme as soon as we can as part of our focus on making roads across Derbyshire safer for eveyone who uses them.”

Plans for the A5004, with a £2.291m budget, include: reducing speed limits; Introducing average-speed cameras; redesigning and improving the A5004 junction with the A53 Buxton town centre, and creating a new off-road cycle route to Old Road; providing better cycle connections between Buxton and Whaley Bridge; and extending the pavement to create raised crossing points across side road entrances to help pedestrians and cyclists.

The crossings points will be introduced at the A5004 junctions with Park Road, Devonshire Road and Marlborough Road in Buxton and at New Road in Whaley Bridge.

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New tactile paving will also be provided and the pavement will be widened to improve pedestrian safety at the A5004 Vaughan Road and Mevril Road junctions in Whaley Bridge.

Cllr Cupit said: “The positive support for the introduction of new average speed cameras shows that local people recognise the need for safety improvements to be made. We received a number of additional comments to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists which we are considering.

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“We will be looking very carefully at these suggestions and, where we can, introduce additional improvements as a direct result of community feedback.

“We are looking forward to finalising the scheme in readiness to start work during the winter and will keep the local community updated.”

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The council stated that a majority of those consulted concerning the A5004 and the A5012 supported the introduction of average speed cameras and there was strong support for other planned improvements.