This road project has now been completed. This page will be available for 6 months from the date of scheme completion, after which time you will only be able to access this information on The National Archive version of this page.

A38 Little Eaton Economy

Project status:   Completed
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   6 January 2014
End date:  September 2014


Type:   Improvement Scheme
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Improvement Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (generally with value <£10m)

Cost:  £2.7 million


Managed by:   Area 7

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This road project has now finished.

Key Event

  • 6 January - Work commenced.
  • 25 April – A38 northbound retaining wall completed.
  • 4 July – Drainage works on Dam Brook completed.
  • 8 July – Traffic Signals Switched On.
  • 18 July – Last day of daytime traffic management.
  • 26 July – Main carriageway surfacing complete.
  • 29th August - All contract works completed.
  • 26th September - 1st Stage of Road Safety Audit work completed.
  • 9th October - Traffic signal MOVA system operational.

Progress Update

  • A61 southbound retaining wall complete.
  • Dam Brook drainage maintenance works complete.
  • A38/A61 Little Eaton signal Installation complete.
  • Safety fence complete.
  • Carriageway high friction surfacing and lining complete.
  • A38 Southbound/A61 Slip Lane re-opened.
  • Temporary speed restrictions removed.

Planned work activity period 20 to 27 October 2014

Clear temporary compound area.

Where was the project located?

The works for this scheme were located on the A38/A61 Little Eaton roundabout, north of Derby.

Why was the scheme needed?

The A38 through Derby suffered from heavy peak time traffic, particularly at Little Eaton and Markeaton Roundabouts. The congestion conflicted with numerous turning and crossing movements at these junctions.

What work was carried out?

New lanes and traffic signals have been provided through the junction on the A38 and A61 to improve the  traffic flow. There has also be some associated highway drainage, tree clearance and street lighting works.

How did this benefit road users?

As part of the pinch point programme, this scheme aimed to:

  • help to reduce daily congestion
  • reduce journey times for the travelling public
  • boost the economy
  • improve safety.

How do I find out more information ?

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Details of scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?

Yes, road works will be in place to protect our workforce and to ensure road users are kept at a safe distance from the works carried out.

How will you manage traffic?

Work will be mainly carried out using lane closures, although on occasions, various sections of the junction will be shut during the night or over the weekend to maintain safety for road users. The actual dates for any road closures will be clearly signposted in advance and diversion routes will also be signposted.

Will there be diversions?

Where we need to close the carriageway we will put a clearly signposted diversion route in place. We advise you to plan your journey and allow extra time when travelling through this work.