MEMORY LANE: Britain’s biggest underpass

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1974, The largest underpass in Britain was constructed to make possible a massive land reclamation scheme between Dove Holes and Buxton.
Buxton Advertiser archive, 1974, The largest underpass in Britain was constructed to make possible a massive land reclamation scheme between Dove Holes and Buxton.
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Shifting 650,000 cubic metres of waste material from one side of the A6 at Dove Holes to another was no mean feat - and required the construction of what was in 1974 the largest underpass in Britain.

The enormous spoil heap at Bibbington was being used to fill the unused Victoria quarry on the other side of the main road, as part of a massive land reclamation scheme. The green fields that line the road today are testament to the success of the project.

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1974, The largest underpass in Britain was constructed to make possible a massive land reclamation scheme between Dove Holes and Buxton. An enormous spoil heap of 650,000 cubic metres was removed from one side of the A6 and used to fill in an equally large quarry on the other side. The green fields that line the road today are a testament to the successs of the project.

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1974, The largest underpass in Britain was constructed to make possible a massive land reclamation scheme between Dove Holes and Buxton. An enormous spoil heap of 650,000 cubic metres was removed from one side of the A6 and used to fill in an equally large quarry on the other side. The green fields that line the road today are a testament to the successs of the project.

It required a huge tunnel to be built under the A6, capable of accommodating the largest earth scrapers and dumper trucks in existence. Measuring six metres tall and seven metres wide, it cost around £25,000 to build.

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1974, The massive Bibbington tip and A6 before the start of the major land reclamation project and road improvements between Dove Holes and Buxton

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1974, The massive Bibbington tip and A6 before the start of the major land reclamation project and road improvements between Dove Holes and Buxton