Mark is seeking to meet with Network Rail and Derbyshire County Council to continue discussions around planned works on Darfoulds bridge.
For years large HGVs coming from the M1 to Worksop have had to detour through Whitwell village, adding unnecessary traffic, congestion and increasing air pollution due to the Darfoulds bridge being too low for larger vehicles.
Over the last 20 months since being elected, Mark Fletcher has been working hard to bring together stakeholders such as Network Rail and Derbyshire County Council to lower the road, allowing HGVs to pass. Lowering the road will mean HGVs no longer have to pass through Whitwell village, making roads safer and reducing pollution.
After writing to Network Rail and DCC asking for works to commence earlier in the summer, Network Rail agreed to investigative work on the bridge and to explore potential solutions more whilst working with DCC.
Mark is now looking to make progress on plans and meet again with Network Rail and Derbyshire County Council over the course of the coming weeks.
Commenting on the news, Mark said:
“We’ve started to take positive steps in the right direction getting the Darfoulds bridge sorted out. This is an issue that has long affected residents in Whitwell and over the course of the last near 2 years of being an MP, many have raised with me.
“This is a vital piece of work for our road networks in the North of the constituency and has the potential make a huge difference, not only to those within the village but also to businesses looking to get their goods in an out of nearby Worksop to and from the M1.
“I look forward to meeting with Network Rail and Derbyshire County Council on this matter soon.”