WORK on the next stage of a multi-million pound project to build a new crossing over the River Trent is set to begin next year.
Drakelow Developments Ltd confirmed to the Mail that it was preparing to start work in 2015 on the second stage of a new bypass around Walton on Trent.
Work on 100 homes at the nearby 2,200-home Drakelow Park site is also set to start soon, according to development chiefs, with workers already on site prepping it for the new builds.
Chris Chatfield, from Drakelow Developments Ltd, said: “We’re very pleased that the David Wilson Homes reserved matters application for the first 99 homes has been approved and look forward to work starting on the site soon.
“Drakelow Developments Ltd is also hoping to implement the second phase of Walton Bypass next year.”
The bypass work began in September 2011, and was expected to be completed by February of last year.
However, legal wrangles and poor winter weather were blamed for major delays, with the first phase of the bypass only completed in September last year.
The bypass around Walton is set to reduce the 8,000 vehicles, including 300 lorries, which travel through the village, surrounding rural roads and parts of Burton and Stapenhill every day.
It is eventually set to see a multi-lane road built to connect the A38 and Walton Road, spanning the River Trent.
Work on the project started eight-and- a-half years after the plans were exclusively revealed by the Mail.
At the time, developers said they hoped the new bridge could open ‘within a year’, but the project was beset by delays despite finally being approved in 2006.
Work began on the bypass after planning permission was finally secured for the Drakelow Park scheme.
The work will eventually see the closure of the Bailey bridge.