Road reopens after embankment safety work

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A STRETCH of the A6 near Chapel-en-le-Frith has reopened following work to make an embankment safe.

A 300-metre stretch was reduced to one lane at Barmoor Clough two weeks ago while loose rocks and unstable trees were removed from the steep slope to prevent them from falling into the road.

Costing £30,000, the work was completed by Derbyshire County Council and the road fully reopened on Saturday.

Cllr Simon Spencer, the authority’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We don’t own the embankment and there is no record of who it belongs to.

“We stepped in to protect road users and pulled out all the stops to make the bank safe and reopen the road before Christmas.”

Engineers used rock climbing equipment to climb down the bank and carry out the work, which included making a wall at the bottom of the slope safe.

One lane of the road nearest the embankment, which is up to 30 metres high in places, was closed while the repairs took place to protect motorists from falling rocks.

A specialist engineer will assess the bank in the new year to decide whether further work may be needed to stabilise the ground in the future.