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Autumn reopening for landslip-hit Derbyshire road

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A landslip-hit Derbyshire road, which has now been shut for two-and-a-half years, is on track to reopen this autumn. Lea Road, between Cromford and Lea Bridge, has been closed since January, 2020, when a 45-metre section started to crumble away and slide into a nearby riverbank following sustained heavy rainfall.

After numerous setbacks delayed the work considerably, Derbyshire County Council started repairing the road in mid-March. The local authority has now confirmed that, barring any further landslips, the Derbyshire Dales route should be back open by November.

A spokeswoman for the county council added: “Work progressing nicely and we are still planning to reopen the road by the end of the year providing we don’t get any more landslips.”

Read more: Get the latest traffic and travel news from Derbyshire Live

Work started last year to repair the first landslip before it had to stop in May, 2021, as engineers found it was still moving and had cracked a sewer pipe running underneath. The pipe was mended and work was due to begin again in November when the road suffered a further collapse.



Work continues to repair the Lea Road landslip. This photo shows the progress which had been made by Derbyshire County Council earlier this summer, taken around six weeks ago in mid-June.
Work continues to repair the Lea Road landslip. This photo shows the progress which had been made by Derbyshire County Council earlier this summer, taken around six weeks ago in mid-June.

In December, engineers then found a new solution and work started to gain formal permission from the Environment Agency, since it includes building into the river bed and making a rock wall, which would be built up and backfilled to the road level. The Government body approved the works to start during spring after delays anticipated to be caused by the fish spawning season were resolved.

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