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Huge rebuild job to repair landslip-hit Derbyshire route to Chatsworth House

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A huge rebuild job must take place before a landslip-hit Derbyshire road can reopen. Chesterfield Road, near Beeley, has already been closed for a year and a half since a landslip hit the Derbyshire Dales route early last year.

The road, also known as Hell Bank and Limetree Wood, was damaged by two further landslips in January this year following wet weather. The route runs from Beeley village to Chesterfield and is often used by motorists looking to reach Chatsworth House.

It is also a popular cycle route and Derbyshire County Council had harboured hopes to reopen the road to pedestrians and cyclists, and those on horses, earlier this summer. But the local authority has confirmed this has not been possible as specialists reported the damage to the road as being “too bad”.

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Engineers have now reviewed the results of a ground investigation, which took place last October, to inspect the damage, and are now looking into stabilising the hillside before turning their attention to rebuilding the road. Due to the complexity of the three landslips, there is currently no timescale given for when the road could finally reopen for motorists.

A spokeswoman for the county council said: “We’ve had the results of the ground investigation and are now looking at what might be done to stabilise the hillside and then rebuild the road.



Two further landslips hit Chesterfield Road, also known as Hell Bank, above Beeley, in the Derbyshire Dales, in January, this year
Two further landslips hit Chesterfield Road, also known as Hell Bank, above Beeley, in the Derbyshire Dales, in January, this year

“Until we have a plan designed to stabilise the landslip and rebuild the road we cannot say what the cost or timescales will be.”

A diversion route is in place for motorists affected by the closure via B6012 Rowsley Road, B6012 Chatsworth Road, A6 Dale Road North, B5057 Chesterfield Road, B5057 Sydnope Hill, and Screetham Lane, Beeley.

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