Drivers blocked from Derby rat run as council prepares to erect ‘no entry’ sign

The junction to a Derby “rat run” appears to be blocked off for motorists as controversial work starts on transforming its entrance into a cycle lane only. Traffic cones and a “road closed” sign have been placed at part of the entrance to Hanbury Road in Chaddesden at the junction with Chaddesden Park Road – blocking access for drivers.

This suggests that work is set to start very soon on installing a “no entry” sign and creating road furniture which would see a new cycle lane emerge on the residential road. Just weeks ago Derby City Council said that the “no entry” restriction for Hanbury Road would become operational in April.

The planned changes follow a public consultation carried out by the council last year. Residents living on Hanbury Road say the road was being used as a rat run by some motorists so they could avoid stopping at the traffic lights at the top of Chaddesden Park Road.

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The situation means motorists will soon only be allowed to enter Hanbury Road from one junction, Reginal Road South – with the entrance at Chaddesden Park Road appearing to be no longer accessible to cars. This will then aim to stop motorists using the road as a shortcut to enter further along Nottingham Road – one of the city’s busiest roads.

Once in place, the changes will be in force for the next 18 months with a view to making it permanent. But critics of the scheme say the changes will see drivers simply use neighbouring roads instead as potential rat-run routes. But the council says it will monitor traffic impact on adjacent roads when the new scheme is operational.

A statement issued by Derby City Council earlier in March said: “The initial consultation confirmed that many local residents had experienced traffic problems on Hanbury Road. Although there were concerns that closing the road to vehicles from Chaddesden Park Road would impact streets close by, most residents on Hanbury Road who responded were in favour of the proposals.

“The intention is therefore to trial the ‘no entry except cycles’ proposal. It is due to start next month for a maximum of 18 months. Traffic impacts on adjacent roads will also be monitored and solutions to any problems identified, before deciding whether the measures should be made permanent.”