A38 Little Eaton Economy

Project status:   Current
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   6 January 2014
End date:  July 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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The road project was substantially completed in July 2014 and is now open to traffic. Some remedial tasks are outstanding and will be actioned during night time with individual lane closures as required.

We have completed the following:

  • A38 northbound retaining wall
  • drainage works on Dam Brook
  • traffic Signals Switched On at Little Eaton
  • A61southbound retaining wall
  • A38/A61 Little Eaton signal Installation complete apart from the detector loop installation
  • daytime traffic management at Little Eaton
  • main carriageway surfacing
  • carriageway high friction surfacing and lining
  • A61 southbound retaining wall complete
  • Dam Brook drainage maintenace works complete
  • A38/A61 Little Eaton signal installation complete
  • A38 southbound to A61 slip road reopened

These are the remaining works we need to carry out:

  • Little Eaton safety fence and pedestrian guard rail ongoing at night
  • Little Eaton carriageway surfacing ongoing at night
  • surfacing on A38 southbound over night
  • complete Little Eaton safety fence

Planned work from 11 August to 18 August

  • Preparation for safety fence concrete sections
  • Traffic signal system to be implemented

Planned work from 18 August to 25 August

  • Install safety fence concrete sections and complete steel safety fence

Due to the complexity of the works and associated traffic management required to keep the workforce safe please expect delays and if you can’t use different routes please allow extra time for your journey.

What is happening?

The works will involve increasing the number of lanes and installing traffic signals to control the flow of traffic through the junction. These works are being carried out in conjunction with the A38 Markeaton scheme and are being delivered one after another. To that extent the above completion date is an estimate.

These works are part of the national pinch point programme. The pinch point programme forms part of the UK Government's growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

When and where is this happening?

Work began on 6 January 2014 and will aim to be complete by July 2014.

The A38/A61 Little Eaton roundabout is located to the north of Derby.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

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

The scheme will cost approximately £2.7 million.

How will the scheme be carried out?

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

What are the benefits?

As part of the pinch point programme, this scheme aims 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 ?

More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.

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.