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Major repairs to collapsed retaining wall on B6049 at Brough to start in June

Published: 20 May 2024

On Monday 17 June 2024, we'll start work on a major 12-week repair programme to rebuild a storm damaged retaining wall at Brough, near Bradwell in Derbyshire.

The retaining wall supports the B6049 Stretfield Road through the village, which runs alongside the Bradwell Brook and links the A6187 Hope Road and the A623 Baslow to the Chapel Road.

Part of the wall collapsed following a storm in November last year, and temporary emergency repairs helped to shore up the wall and remove loose stone and debris from the road and Bradwell Brook.

A public information drop-in session about the repairs will be held at the Bradwell War Memorial Hall, Netherside, Bradwell, Hope Valley S33 9JL from 3pm until 7.30pm on Tuesday 4 June 2024. Representatives from our highways, bus and school transport teams will be available to answer any questions about the repairs.

Councillor Charlotte Cupit, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport said

“We apologise for any inconvenience these major repair works will cause, and we have been working hard to carefully plan this project to try to minimise the impact on local communities as much as we can. Our drop-in information session will provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and to find out more.

“We do need to do the repairs over this summer though, because of the lower river level and wildlife issues. Repairs are also needed before the winter approaches, as our surveys have shown there is the risk of the road collapsing which would fully close the road and require much more significant work, causing greater inconvenience.

“We understand that any road closure is inconvenient and we’ll be working 6 days a week, with extended hours, subject to dry weather conditions to get the work done as quickly as we can.

“We’re also working closely with local organisations to minimise disruption as much as we can, including making special arrangements to help a wedding party get to their venue in the village.

“As we’ll be working in the brook, we can only work from June to September, outside the freshwater fish spawning period June, to meet the requirements set by the Environment Agency.

“Carrying out the works from mid-June, as the end of the school year approaches, means we can also minimise travel disruption for pupils at the Hope Valley College and Lady Manners school. Bus services will take a little longer and parents will receive full details about the changes.

“A temporary shuttle bus will be provided to maintain connections between local bus services including the 271, 272, 173 and 257 to make sure people are able to get to the shops and medical appointments.”

You can find full details about the Brough retaining wall repairs.

Local commercial bus services

As the road will be closed, a temporary shuttle bus service will be put in place to supplement local services affected including services 271,272,173 and 257. Arrangements are being finalised with local bus companies and will be available shortly. 

School buses

Five school buses from Bradwell, serving Hope Valley College and Lady Manners School at Bakewell will be affected.

Travel times will be slightly longer for pupils attending Hope Valley College as the bus service will follow the signed diversion route along the A623/A625.

Parents will receive an email confirming the temporary travel arrangements and schools will be able to share the information with parents and carers.

Bus passes will be valid as normal on the following routes.

School bus services affected from Bradwell

Service 272 – Hope Valley College, operated by First. This service will follow the agreed diversion route with a single deck bus and we are waiting for confirmation of the timetable for sharing with parents.

Service 100 – Lady Manners School, operated by Andrew’s of Tideswell. This service starts in Bradwell and operates to school via Great Hucklow, Eyam and Calver. The service will access Bradwell as normal and turn around near the fire station. It will be able to follow its normal route and timetable to school so the road closure will not have any impact.

Services indirectly affected by the closure but not affecting residents of Bradwell

Service 048 – Hope Valley College, operated by Bentley’s Coaches. This service operates from Grindleford, Calver, Foolow and Great Hucklow to school and normally operates through Bradwell. During the closure, it will be operated in reverse starting at Great Hucklow at 8.10am.

Service 257 – Hope Valley College, operated by Hulley’s of Baslow. This service operates from Baslow, Calver, Stoney Middleton and Eyam via Bradwell to school. During the closure, it will divert via Winnats Pass and no timetable change is expected.

Private service, operated by Andrew’s of Tideswell. This service is for Hope Valley pupils who live in Buxton, Peak Dale, Peak Forest, Tideswell and Litton. The service is arranged by the school and information will be provided to families affected.

Full details about the retaining wall repairs at Brough are listed on One Network.