Snake Pass Partially Reopens

Safety first approach to the A57 Snake Pass reopening

A ‘safety first’ approach is at the heart of Derbyshire County Council’s decision to reopen the A57 Snake Pass with on-site monitoring continuing to protect all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

The road was temporarily closed last month following a battering from Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin. 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.

Following ongoing inspections and monitoring, the road has reopened to traffic with three temporary single carriageway restrictions at Gillott Hey, Alport and Wood Cottage. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights and a 20mph speed limit will be in operation.

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 continue to be monitored using a hi-tech portable laser scanner to check for any further significant movement. Analysis shows that the movement of the road has considerably slowed to less than 20mm in the past week, giving engineers the confidence to reopen the road to cars and vehicles less than 7.5 tonnes.

During the temporary road closure, the Derbyshire County Council has used the opportunity to carry out general resurfacing works, pothole repairs and has rebuilt retaining walls damaged by February’s storms. Cracks in the road surface caused by the landslips have also been repaired using bitumen to create a flexible seal.

Historical records suggest that landslips have taken place along the Snake Pass with closures dating back at least 90 years.

Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal said:

“I’d like to thank everyone who usually uses the Snake Pass for their patience during the temporary road closure.

“We recognise many road users rely on this route for their businesses and day-to-day work. Following very careful monitoring of the road during the past 4 weeks believe we have a sensible approach to reopen the road while keeping all road users safe.

“The temporary traffic lights will enable us to protect the part of the road which has moved from any further damage. The drier weather will also help to significantly reduce the risk of any further landslips giving us time to monitor and identify a solution to repair the road, which will require Government funding.

“We have a responsibility to keep people safe on our roads which means that if we detect any further movement or risk of a landslip once the road reopens, we will, unfortunately, have to close the road.

“Please help us help you by allowing a little extra time for your journey, showing courtesy to other road users and keeping to the new temporary speed limit.”

The 12-mile section of the A57, known as Snake Road, is one of the highest roads in the Peak District and is used by more than 30,000 vehicles each week including 1,500 HGVs.

Snake Pass Closed

A landslip following storms closes A57 Snake Pass

Snake Pass

In the interests of everyone’s safety, following damage caused by torrential rain as Storm Eunice and then Storm Franklin battered Derbyshire; the A57 Snake Pass has had to be closed.

Inspectors found movement in 3 locations along a mile-long section of the road and to protect road users a decision was made to close the road between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir for at least a month. Visitor facilities at Fairholmes are unaffected and can be accessed via Sheffield.

In the meantime, local access will be maintained for residents. Drivers are asked to follow the diversion route through Hathersage, Hope, Doveholes, Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Hayfield and Glossop, and visa versa.

Snake Pass Closed

From today, October 4th, the Snake Pass will be closed to traffic for two weeks for roadworks.

Snake Pass collapsing

Derbyshire County Council will be doing some resurfacing, fixing potholes, replacing some drains and clearing others, replacing some signs. Repainting road markings and carrying out some investigation work on one of the retaining walls. No traffic or bikes will be allowed through for safety reasons, although access will remain for residents and farmers

Derbyshire County Council apologise for the inconvenience,
Diversions are in place, directing drivers to take an alternative route via the A624, A6, A623, B6049, A6187, and A57.

The A57 Snake Pass is scheduled to reopen, Friday 15th October 2021.

During the closure, the Hulley’s X57 Bus will continue to run a reduced service between Sheffield and Manchester via the Woodhead pass, taking the B6105 at Crowden to Glossop, where it will resume its normal route to Manchester..  This temporary route will operate daily between the hours of 9am & 5pm.

Buses scheduled over the pass before 9am or after 5pm will use the normal route.

Snake Pass Closed

Snake Pass between Glossop and Ladybower is closed

The Snake Pass between Glossop and Ladybower is closed to ALL traffic (including motorbikes and pedal cycles).

Essential work is taking place at various locations along the pass for landslide, drainage & retaining wall repairs; carriageway resurfacing and public transport improvements

The closure will remain in place 24/7 until Sunday 25th October, or earlier completion of all works

A 28 mile signed diversion is in place via Bamford, Hope, Peak Forest, and Chapel -en –le- Frith, although some drivers may find the Woodhead Pass a better alternative.

Drivers should also be aware of overnight (6pm-6am) lane closures and local diversions on the A57 through Mottram which are also taking place this week

Temporary Road Changes Petition

Broomhill parking bay closure.

As a result of the temporary closure of the parking bays in the Broomhill shopping precinct and the potential devastating effect the new pedestrian arrangements and loss of short stay parking will have on local trade, Williamson Hardware has posted a petition on change.org requesting that the Sheffield City Council remove these temporary changes as soon as possible.

Broomhill Temporary Road Changes

To give pedestrians more space for social distancing, The Sheffield City Council has temporarily closed the angled parking bays in the Broomhill shopping precinct, on Fulwood Road.

The footways on Glossop Road, between Fulwood Road and Peel Street and between Peel Street and the end of the pavement opposite Westbourne Road, have also been temporarily extended by 1.5metres, to give additional footway space

As these measures are only intended to be a temporary social distancing measure, the Sheffield City Council would welcome your feedback on them.

If they work well, and local businesses and residents are happy with the changes, the council have suggested that they may possibly consider, if they work well for everyone and after a full consultation process with local businesses and residents, look at making these changes permanent.

Broomhill Temporary Changes to Roads and Foot-ways

Keeping people safe and socially distanced

To enable pedestrians to maintain the correct social distance between themselves and others, the council will be making temporary changes to the road and footway layout on Fulwood Road and Glossop Road in Broomhill. This will provide additional space on the pavement for pedestrians as they access local amenities.

The parking area outside Morrisions, Sainsbury’s etc will also be temporarily pedestrianised to allow more space for people to maintain social distancing. This means that the parking bays will be temporarily suspended. The area will remain open for two disabled parking bays, with the addition of two further disabled bays on Spooner Road and Taptonville Road.

Alternative parking is available very close by. This includes the car park above the shops/businesses on Fulwood Road (accessed via Spooner Road) and in Spooner Road Car Park.

The footways on Glossop Road, between Fulwood Road and Peel Street and between Peel Street and the end of the pavement opposite Westbourne Road, will be temporarily extended by 1.5metres to give additional footway space

Timescales

Monday 3 August – 2 new disabled bays will be marked out on Taptonville Road and Spooner Road. This will be operational by or before 8 August.

Sunday 9 August – Footpath widening on Glossop Road will commence. This will be operational by or before 16 August.

Monday 17 August – Parking bays on Fulwood Road will be closed. Fencing will be erected to prevent access to the work area. Access to the shops will be retained with no disruption.

Monday 24 August – Working arrangements will require access to the footway in front of the shops and there will be some disruption. Access arrangements will be worked up in more detail once on site.

Saturday 29 August – Works complete.

Temporary changes to Roads and Footways

Flower Planters Removed

Flower planters removed from Broomhill shopping centre to make way for ‘social distancing’

Broomhill shopping centre

The community of Broomhill were confused and flabbergasted to find that their lovely floral display planters, regularly tended by local residents, has been removed and replaced with squares of Tarmac.   

Apparently, the Planters in the Broomhill shopping Centre had been moved to help create more space for pedestrians to safely social distance and as part of the council’s work to create safe active travel routes around the city.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, explains why the planters have been moved:

“As we move into the next phase of lockdown and people start to move around their communities more frequently, it is essential that we create the space needed to allow safe social distancing.

“Fulwood Road was identified as one location where extra space could be created to give people an alternative route to the row of shops, which could become congested. “In the first stage of works to create a footpath, planters blocking this pedestrian route have been temporarily moved to Division Street, where they will form part of the road closure in place to encourage active travel in the city centre. The parking meter and sign on the same footpath will also be moved so that the path is unobstructed.

“As the initial temporary road closure measures on Division Street are upgraded, the planters will be reinstated into Broomhill Centre ensuring that space for social distancing can be maintained.”

Stephen Hill Junction Remains Closed

Yorkshire Water have now dealt with the burst water main at the Stephen Hill junction with Manchester Road2019 YWA repairs

To allow for the carriageway to be reinstated, the junction is expected to remain CLOSED until the weekend.

Local residents in the surrounding area may have experienced low pressure or no water due to these urgent repairs carried out by Yorkshire Water. The water now restored may be cloudy or discoloured, this will return to normal shortly after and you can help clear this by running your tap for a few minutes.

RESURFACING WORK on sections of Manchester Road & Rivelin Valley Road

As part of the Streets Ahead highway works Amey will soon be resurfacing some sections of the following roads;

  • Manchester Road – Sheffield/Derbyshire boundary to Rivelin Valley Road.
  • Manchester Road – junction of Rivelin Valley Road to Hagg Lane.
  • Rivelin Valley Road – junction of Manchester Road to Holme Lane.

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    Manchester Road/Rivelin Valley Road – Rivelin Valley

Work is about to start on Manchester Road (from Sheffield/Derbyshire boundary to Rivelin Valley Road) and work on the remaining section of Manchester Road and Rivelin Valley Road will take place in early to mid-August. Work will take place between the hours of 8pm and 5am, Monday – Friday only.

The work has been scheduled to take place at night to minimise disruption in the area. Amey appreciate that any disruption can be frustrating and thank you for your understanding whilst these important works are completed.

Please note this work will be completed under a road closure, and there will be no on-street parking on the section of road that they are resurfacing during working hours. Vehicles left on-street may be towed away and you will need to pay a fee to have your vehicle released.

Temporary road signs will be displayed ten days before work starts confirming the dates and duration of works and parking restriction signs will be displayed five days before.

PARKING AND ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS
Access to properties on the roads being worked on may be limited during working hours. On-street parking will be as normal at other times. Please let the Amey on-site supervisor know if you need vehicle access to your property for urgent reasons. Pedestrian access and access for emergency vehicles will be available at all times.
If you are away during the period in which the works are scheduled to take place, please avoid parking your car on the road. The work schedule is heavily dependent on the weather and can be affected by unforeseen circumstances, so it may be necessary to change the start date at short notice. To ensure that the programme is delivered to schedule, cars that are delaying the works will need to be towed away.

BUS SERVICE AND BIN COLLECTION CHANGES
Changes to your regular bus service or diversion routes will be publicised by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport (SYPTE). Please check your local bus stop or http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com for any route changes. You can also call Traveline on 01709 515151 or follow @TravelSYorks on Twitter.

If there are any changes to your bin collection days these will be communicated by Veolia at http://www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield or on Twitter @Recycle4Shef. Call 0114 273 4567 between 8am and 6pm for more information.

ROAD SAFETY

  • Be patient and take extra care during road works.
  • Make sure to allow extra time for your journey.
  • Stick to the designated diversion routes and always drive within the speed limit.

BOGUS CALLERS
If you are approached by someone claiming to be from Amey, the Council or connected to the Streets Ahead programme offering to resurface your drive please do not hand over any money. If possible take the callers details, including their vehicle registration number and Streets Ahead/Amey will inform the Police. All Streets Ahead and Amey employees carry identity cards. If you have any doubts about the identity of a person claiming to work for Streets Ahead please call customer services.

FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information and updates about local works, please follow streesahead on Twitter @sccstreetsahead #SASouthW
If you would like to discuss any issues, please contact Amey on 0114 273 4567 or email streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk