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Information about landslips in Derbyshire.

A57 Snake Pass

We had to temporarily close the A57 Snake Pass in February 2022 following a battering from Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin. On 29 March 2022 we reopened the road to all vehicles, with a weight limit of 7.5 tonnes. There are traffic lights and a 20 mph speed restriction at the location of all 3 landslips.

The storms caused 3 sections of the road surface to drop, in one area by around 2 metres, leaving major cracks to the road surface and the risk of further landslips.

To minimise any further damage to the road at the site of the landslips, HGVs over 7.5 tonnes will be asked to follow a signed diversion route using the A6013 / A6187 / B6049 / A623 / A6 / A6015 / A624 and vice versa.

The road will be closed from 26 September 2022 for 4 weeks so that our contractors can carry out a full ground investigation. See our information about the work and the extent of the closure.

Historical records suggest that landslips have taken place along the Snake Pass with closures dating back at least 90 years, with more than 30,000 vehicles each week including 1,500 HGVs using the road.

Oker - Will Shores Lane

Following wet weather in December 2020 the C319 Oker Road (that runs from Darley Bridge to Oker village near Matlock) slipped.

Following on from the ground investigation work in July 2021, we were given a number of possible engineering solutions. These were evaluated and a predominately earthworks solution to regrade the slope has been chosen to be taken forward.

The solution is currently at the 'design in principle' stage which means that it has been analysed in detailed. The landowner has been informed of our intentions and has been walked through the proposals on site.

We hope to carry out the work at some point this financial year (2022 to 2023), although the exact timing of this will be determined by ecological and landowner constraints. Typically earthworks schemes are best done in the drier months and so we would anticipate the work being carried out towards the end of the summer 2022.

The diversion route is: Oker Road, Snitterton Road, Matlock Spa Road, A6 Derwent Way, A6 Bakewell Road, A6 Dale Road South, Old Road, B5057 Main Road, B5057 Eversleigh Rise, Oker Road.

Beeley - Limetree Wood

The road that runs from Beeley Village to Chesterfield slipped in January 2021 following wet weather. The road is known locally know as Hell Bank Road and is a popular cycle route.

The road slipped again twice in the winter of 2021 to 2022 and these further landslips mean that the road is now not safe for anyone to use, so the road is closed to everyone, including pedestrians, cyclists and those on horses to protect public safety. This decision has been taken after detailed consultation with our geotechnical consultants who feel the risk of further collapse is high. Please do not ignore the road closure signs.

A ground investigation at the Limetree Wood landslip was successfully undertaken from 11 to 22 October 2021 and we're currently evaluating the results.

The diversion route is: B6012 Rowsley Road, B6012 Chatsworth Road, A6 Dale Road North, B5057 Chesterfield Road, B5057 Sydnope Hill, Screetham Lane Beeley.

Barlow - Commonside Road

The road that runs from Commonside to Wilday Green, slipped in November 2019 and then more severely in February 2020 following wet weather. A major retaining wall / landslip scheme had previously been completed to the south west in 2010. The new landslip is located to the north east of this location.

Ground investigations were carried out during May 2021 with further investigation completed in November 2021. We're working with a design and build contractor to develop a solution.

The diversion route is: Millcross Lane, B6051, Wilkin Hill.

Mackworth - Gold Lane

The road that runs between Lower Road and Ashbourne Road in Mackworth, was closed in March 2020 following wet weather when a steep bank above the road slipped down blocking the road.

The landslip has now been fully repaired and the road has reopened in September 2022. The £40,000 scheme involved using a series of steel 'soil nails', between 3 and 4 metres in length, drilled into the ground, covered by a mesh overlay. This will stabilise the bank from further slips and encourage vegetation to regrow through the mesh, restoring the previous environment.

Starkholmes - White Tor Road

The road that runs between Riber Road and Starkholmes Road was closed in April 2020 following subsidence on the edge of the carriageway.

A desk study report and rope access investigation has been undertaken which established evidence of a small landslip perched on a large rock outcrop. This feature is part of the larger historic Starkholmes landslide which is a complex of multiple failures along the hillside.

Due to the complexities of working at this location any work undertaken will involve specialist external contractors and we intend to undertake remedial works in the 2022 to 2023 financial year.

The diversion route is Riber Road, Starkholmes Road and vice versa.

Birchover - Lees Road

The road that runs between Stanton Lees and Birchover suffered a retaining wall failure and subsequent slope failure in November 2019.

There have been 3 slope / retaining wall failures within or close to the site area which have affected Lees Road in recent history.

In May 2020 geomorphological mapping and topographical surveying of the site was undertaken. The finding clarified that a landslide of approximately 20m wide flowed almost 100m down slope. Landslide debris is recorded as being between 0.5m to 1.5m thick.

The is by far the most complex and catastrophic landslide failure we have to manage.

The diversion route is: Lees Road, Birchover Road, Lees Road and vice versa.

Great Hucklow - Little Plumpton Cottage

The road from Great Hucklow to Bretton, just below Little Plumpton Cottage, moved considerably over the 7 to the 9 of September 2022.

Due to the danger this poses to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians we have had to close the road all users.

The diversion route is: C197 Unnamed Road From Main Road To Bradshaw Lane / C197 Main Road / U1171 Dirty Lane / C94 / C272 Bradshaw Lane / C197 and vice versa.

Currently we are unable to determine when this road will be open.