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Council set to commit further 200k for traffic study on A61

It's in an attempt to reduce traffic congestion there.

A £200,000 study to look at congestion issues on the A61 south of Chesterfield is set to be commissioned by Derbyshire County Council.

Congestion has significantly grown in recent years and is likely to continue due to several new large scale housing developments to the south of Chesterfield. In the past six months alone six separate large sites have started or continue to be built, including the major Avenue site (1,100 homes) and others next to it.

There are also commercial developments such as the Avenue and Egstow Park which will add to traffic issues.

Work started earlier this year on a traffic modelling survey at a cost of £135,000, and now the council is set to commission an options review which will look at what measures can be taken to deal with the level of traffic now on the A61, and to cope with expected increasing volumes.

Council Leader, Councillor Barry Lewis, said: “We’ve had a long standing ambition to improve congestion on the A61 south of Chesterfield and are keen to see what could be done to improve the situation as soon as possible.

“There isn’t an easy solution to this but we would expect that the study would look at a range of measures, which taken together would all make a difference to congestion.

“If we don’t do anything then the situation will only get worse in the coming years."

It is expected that the study will be commissioned in December, with results due back in the summer of 2020.

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