The D2N2 Local Transport Board has agreed six major schemes to recommend to the Department for Transport for implementation across the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area between 2015 and 2019.
They are (total cost):
- A52 Wyvern-Pride Park Congestion Management (£10.04m) (Derby City Council) – Major junction improvement
- Southern Growth Corridor (£9.18m) (Nottingham City Council) – Bus priority measures (East-West across city centre)
- Gedling Access Road (£32.4m) (Nottinghamshire County Council) – Regeneration route
- A61 Whittington Moor Roundabout (£4.86m) (Derbyshire County Council) – Major junction improvement
- A57/A60 Worksop (£3.24m) (Nottinghamshire County Council) – Major junction improvement
- Seymour Link, Markham Vale (£7.56m) (Derbyshire County Council) – Regeneration route
Nottinghamshire County Council, Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and Derby City Council all submitted proposals for major road and transport developments to the LTB.
To be eligible for funding in the D2N2 area, projects had to cost more than £2million in total and have strong economic benefits.
The D2N2 Local Transport Board – which has representatives from all four councils involved in submitting proposals – met this week to agree the first six schemes that would be progressed using a mixture of Government funding matched with local contributions including two schemes in the overlapping area with Sheffield City Region, which will require further funding from the SCR LTB.
The Board also agreed a further eight projects that will be developed to access further funding as and when it is made available through the Single Local Growth Fund, or other sources.
D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Chief Executive David Ralph, who also sits on the 12-strong Local Transport Board, said: “The provision of key infrastructure is one of the four cornerstones of the D2N2 Strategy for Growth and confirmation of these six schemes is an important milestone.
“This will facilitate significant jobs growth as well as easing certain congestion bottlenecks across the whole of the D2N2 area.
“The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership will continue to work with all the councils and Local Transport Board to try and bring forward further important infrastructure projects as quickly as possible.”
LTBs have been established to develop, administer and implement new programmes of major schemes in each Local Enterprise Partnership area.
Government wants a greater local influence over the delivery of such projects and while funding will come to the D2N2 area from 2015 and be delivered between then and 2019, the LTB has been set up now in order to agree a programme of schemes and oversee their development and implementation.
The D2N2 Local Transport Board is made up of 12 voting members and chaired by Coun Joan Dixon, from Derbyshire County Council.
It comprises of two members each from Derbyshire County Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and Derby City Council, a Derbyshire district and borough councils’ representative and the same for Nottinghamshire. The D2N2 LEP and Sheffield City Region LEP, whose boundaries overlap the D2N2 area, also have a representative on the board.
The D2N2 LTB, as the decision-making body, is supported by the Infrastructure Group which features directors of highways and transport services of the respective local authorities and acts as the principle advisor to the Board.