Castle Donington Relief Road now open to the public
Residents of Castle Donington are exploring a new daily route as a highly anticipated relief road is now open to the public.
To celebrate the opening, local business Donington Park joined Miller Homes at the launch and provided its course car to be the first vehicle to drive the road, with a drone capturing the BMW M3 as it made the first journey on the 2.4km stretch.
The multi-million pound project, which connects Hill Top to Back Lane, has been designed to improve traffic flow in the village. The road was built as part of a consortium including Miller Homes, Clowes Developments and Redrow Homes, and provides access to the recently launched residential areas.
Jake Richardson, engineering manager for Miller Homes East Midlands, held a central role in the project. He explains what the road will bring to the area:
“We feel very strongly about leaving a positive legacy that benefits the local community wherever we build. This approach has been guiding us since we announced the Charters Gate development, which launched last year and is quickly becoming a thriving area to live.The road was built to bring lasting, positive benefits to the village, reducing day-to-day commuting times both in and out of the area, as well as easing general congestion to help create a calm, safe and welcoming space to call home."
Alongside this road, Miller Homes’ commitment to investing in Castle Donington is reflected through £1.5 million of further funding as part of Section 106 contributions, and we will also be building a new primary school, sports pitch and village park.
“Though much needed, the relief road project was quite complex and it’s thanks to the hard work and collaboration with the three developers, key contractors and the local community, including local councillors, that we’re able to proudly announce that the road is now open. We hope the team at Donington Park enjoyed taking the first drive down what we’re sure will be a popular route.”
The road, which is in close proximity to East Midlands Airport, comprises four roundabouts, providing access points to Charters Gate and the surrounding developments.
Miller Homes is delighted to have delivered the relief road ahead of the planning requirement, which was for the road to be open to vehicles by the occupation of the 249th home on the new development. Based on current occupation rates, the projected opening date was June 2021, meaning the road is up and running 16 months ahead of the required schedule.
Independent property, construction and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard worked closely with the developers and advised throughout, offering project management, quantity surveying and health and safety advisory services. Chasetown Civil Engineering was also a key stakeholder in the scheme, delivering construction of the infrastructure project safely and effectively.
To register your interest in Charters Gate, visit www.millerhomes.co.uk/new-homes/east-midlands/charters-gate-castle-donington or call 03300 375 458.
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