A630 Parkway upgrade

Overview of work

Expected start and completion dates

February 2021 to Autumn 2022

Overall investment

£46 million - funded by Central Government from the Local Growth Fund


  • Reduce journey times
  • Improve regional connectivity
  • Reduce congestion
  • Improve air quality (reduced emissions due to queuing traffic)
  • Improve safety for drivers
  • Support economic and housing growth (improved access to the Advanced Manufacturing Park and residential community at Waverley)


  • Create three lanes in each direction on the 2.1km stretch from Catcliffe Junction to the M1
  • Widen M1 Junction 33
  • Install new street lighting, road surface and signs
  • Improve drainage

A630 parkway upgrade visualisation

To create an extra lane in each direction the wide central reservation will be replaced with a narrow concrete barrier, the lanes will be made slightly narrower, and the carriageway will be widened a little at the edge. The additional lanes will be contained within the road’s current footprint, and retaining walls will be built to keep the embankments within the highway boundary.

At Junction 33 of the M1, parts of the roundabout will be widened, and new lights will be installed to improve the traffic flow. The northbound and southbound slip roads off the motorway will be widened to create an extra lane.

As well as these changes to the road itself, the speed limit on the A630 will be permanently reduced to 50mph to improve air quality.

The scheme has been designed with input from the Environment Agency to minimise the impact on the adjacent Canklow flood storage reservoir. Drainage will be improved to give better flood protection.

Once work is complete the landscaping along the road be reinstated, including new trees and hedgerows.

Project phases

The work will take place over approximately 18 months in six main phases:

Phase 1 – remove the existing safety barrier on A630 section, install new drainage and a road surface in the current central reservation

Phase 2 – work on the verge of A630 westbound carriageway, including construction of the retaining wall, new drainage, highway pavement, street lighting and safety barriers

Phase 3 – work begins on the M1 Junction 33 roundabout

Phase 4 – work on the verge of A630 eastbound carriageway, including construction of the retaining wall, new drainage, highway pavement, street lighting and safety barriers

Phase 5 – installation of new barrier in the central reservation of the A630

Phase 6 – final resurfacing on M1 J33 roundabout

During the work, traffic management measures will be in place to protect road users and create space for construction staff and machinery to operate safely. Find out more in the Traffic and travel advice section.

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