Blueprint for the future of Derbyshire’s roads

A 15-year plan to manage roads, pavements rights of way and public transport across the county has been drawn-up by Derbyshire County Council.

The county council asked local people for their views about what they thought was most important and used them to help put together Derbyshire Local Transport Plan 2011-2026.

Five goals are set out in the plan. They include supporting the local economy by making it easier for people to get to work, tackling climate change by encouraging people to travel in ways other than by car, contributing to better safety and making sure everyone has the same chance to get to places and do things.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “With the big squeeze on public spending, forward planning is essential as we look for ways to work even more efficiently.

“We’ll be looking for ways to make our money go even further and make the best use of what we’ve got which means keeping our roads well-maintained.”

As well as safety schemes and day to day maintenance on pavements, roads, footpaths and cycle paths, measures to help achieve the goals highlighted in the plan will include measures to reduce the risk of roads flooding, improving road junctions to reduce traffic jams and better signage.

Derbyshire Local Transport Plan 2011-2026 is available on the county council’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk