I hope you and your family are well after what has been an incredibly difficult 18 months for so many of us.
As you may be aware, Junction 28 suffers from an excessive amount of traffic and congestion, as it is simply over capacity. Therefore, it is essential for the economic development of the Bolsover District to improve this junction, which serves as the gateway to the East Midlands for many businesses in South Normanton and Pinxton. I have also spoken to hundreds of local residents who have told me about their concerns for noise and air pollution, poor regional connectivity, and road safety.
One of of my main priorities as your Member of Parliament is the improvement of local infrastructure, such as Junction 28 and since being elected in 2019, I have been working hard with a number of stakeholders, including Bolsover District Council, Derbyshire County Council, the local enterprise partnership, D2N2, and Midlands Connect, to secure the necessary funding to prevent standstills, improve the flow of traffic, boost regional connectivity, and ultimately, turbocharge the local economy.
At a recent meeting with Highways England, they outlined to me their new design, which has an extremely high Cost Benefit Ratio (CBR) and demonstrates significant improvements to journey times, as well as a decrease in the number of injuries from collisions.
I am launching this petition to demonstrate the support for this project amongst the local community. The more signatures the petition receives the greater chance our application for funding will be accepted by the Government, so please share this as widely as possible.
This is a key infrastructure project for the Bolsover constituency and as local residents your voice is incredibly important. Please take a moment of your time to sign this petition by filling in your details - I would love to have your support!