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Fears for cyclists seen riding on Snake Pass while the road is closed

Pictured are cyclists' bikes along the A57 Snake Pass despite its temporary closure to all traffic.
Pictured are cyclists' bikes along the A57 Snake Pass despite its temporary closure to all traffic.

Cyclists have sparked concerns after they have been making the most of riding on the A57 Snake Pass which has been temporarily closed to traffic.

The A57 Snake Pass was closed to traffic from Monday, June 1, and is not due to re-open until Sunday, June 14, so that major repairs can be made to the retaining wall in four different places.

Derbyshire County Council, who have overseen the closure, stated this is currently a no-through route from Glossop to Sheffield for any vehicle while the work is taking place.

However, the notoriously busy and dangerous road has become a traffic-free zone for cyclists who have been seen ignoring the closure to ride the route between Ladybower and Glossop.

The road has been closed from the junction of the A57 with the A6013 Ashopton Road to its junction with Hurst Road in Glossop. A signed diversion route, running both ways, is in place along the A6013 − A6187 − B6049 − A623 − A6 − A615 − A624 − A57.

The council apologised for any inconvenience while the Snake Pass is closed but previously stressed the temporary closure to all traffic has been necessary to carry out essential work. People wanting to visit the Snake Pass Inn can drive to the pub from the Bamford side.

The A57 in Dinting Vale, near Glossop, will also be affected at the end of June by the demolition of a mill with traffic lights at the junction of the A57 with Shaw Lane from 7pm, June 26, over that weekend and possibly the following weekend. Motorists have been warned to allow for delays. The council declined to comment on the closed route’s use by cyclists.