Local businesses back M1 plan for regional economic growth

Alan Heardman/South Normanton - Leaving the M1 at Junction 28

Local businesses around Junction 28 of the M1 are urging government investment to address persistent traffic congestion, as highlighted in a report released by Midlands Connect.

The report emphasises the benefits of upgrading the junction, with businesses expressing concerns about economic losses, environmental damage, employee safety, and hindrances to local economic growth.

Alliance Healthcare , a national healthcare distributor operating from Derbyshire, warns that without improvements to Junction 28, the delivery of crucial healthcare supplies could be jeopardised.

The current traffic and congestion issues are viewed as obstacles to economic development in the wider region, according to a Transport Manager at XPO.

Businesses also argue that the existing junction arrangements contribute to unsafe road conditions and heightened pollution levels.

Local business representatives stress the need for government support to address environmental concerns and avoid a potential rise in serious incidents.

Maria Machancoses, CEO of Midlands Connect, said: “We have listened to the concerns of local businesses and stakeholders, and there is a unanimous call for action to address the challenges which are posed at this junction. Investing in this critical infrastructure is not just about improving traffic flow; it is about unlocking the economic potential of the entire region, reducing pollution and keeping road users safe.”

Mark Fletcher, MP for Bolsover said: ‘’I’d like to thank Midlands Connect for putting this report together. It’s incredibly important for us to engage with key stakeholders like XPO Logistics, Alliance Healthcare, and the Co-op, to help build our case for upgrading the junction. The evidence is clear. Whether that’s from residents in South Normanton and Pinxton, the County Council, or local businesses, Junction 28 in its current capacity is not fit for purpose. We have made great progress on our plans for Junction 28, but we now need the Government’s support to get it over the line.’’

Councillor Renwick, cabinet member for infrastructure and environment at Derbyshire County Council said: “This is a key junction on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border, providing access to the M1 and linking with arterial routes to Derby, Mansfield, Ashfield and surrounding areas for freight and commuters alike. Business growth and economic development in this area are being hindered by this bottleneck junction which desperately needs levelling up to receive the kind of investment we see down south. This must happen if we are to advance and keep this part of the East Midlands moving, and I wholeheartedly support the proposal for government funding to avoid the risk of worsening congestion and delays in the years to come.”