Road closure near Youlgreave temporarily lifted

7 April 2017

A Derbyshire road, closed while a collapsed wall and road are repaired, is due to be reopened temporarily during a busy holiday period.

The B5056 is currently closed at its junction with the A6, near Bakewell, to outside Bowers Hall, Alport, near Youlgreave.

This is so we can rebuild a retaining wall that gave way. The repair works also mean that the road will need to be resurfaced.

The wall collapsed overnight on Monday 6 March 2017 but work to reconstruct it could only start, on Friday 31 March 2017 because a mains water pipe had to be diverted to make it safe.

The B5056 needs to be fully closed to carry out most of the works but it will reopen from Thursday 13 April until Monday 24 April 2017 during the Easter holiday period.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place during the reopening with traffic restricted to a single lane.

The current diversion is via the B5056 from Bowers Hall towards the Miners Standard at Grangemill, the A5012 Via Gellia and the A6 at Cromford for onward travel towards Bakewell or Derby.

The decision to temporarily reopen the road is to minimise disruption during the school holiday Easter break and because of a planned road closure in nearby Darley Bridge.

The B5057, at Darley Bridge, will be closed from Thursday 13 April 2017 for around 11 days for gas works.

These essential gas works can only be carried out at this time during the two-week annual closedown of local lead smelting company H. J. Enthoven and Sons.

This is because the B5057 is the only road providing access to the business and because the diversion for this road closure is the same as for the road closure on the B5056, Bowers Hall.

Once these gas works are complete, the B5056 at Alport, will be closed again so work to rebuild the retaining wall can be completed and the road resurfaced.

Our Service Director Highways, Geoff Pickford, said:

"Apart from emergencies, road works and repairs to gas, water and electricity supplies are planned in advance and we work hard to schedule them to avoid work taking place in the same area at a similar time, so that disruption to traffic is kept to a minimum.

"Sometimes this is unavoidable where work runs over because of unforeseen conditions. This has been the case here. For safety reasons, work to repair the wall could not start until the water main had been diverted, and this took longer than anticipated. This has had a knock on effect with repairing the wall."

Mr Pickford added:

"We appreciate that all road works can be disruptive and concurrent road closures compound the problem but both these sets of work are essential. This is why we have taken the decision to lift the road closure temporarily during the holiday period and while the gas works are carried out. The road closure, at Alport will then be reinstated while work to rebuild the wall is completed."