Lane closure as essential work on the A6 near Chapel starts

A STRETCH of the A6 will be reduced to one lane near Chapel-en-le-Frith from today (Monday) while Derbyshire County Council carries out essential work to make an embankment safe.

The 300 metre stretch will be closed at Barmoor Clough while loose rocks and unstable trees are removed from the steep slope to prevent them from falling into the road.

Engineers will use rock climbing equipment to climb down the bank and carry out the work which will also include 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, will be closed while the repairs take place to protect motorists from falling rocks.

The project is expected to cost £20,000 and take two weeks to complete, weather permitting. Temporary traffic lights will be in place during this time.

Councillor Simon Spencer, Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is essential work needed to protect motorists.

“We don’t own the embankment and there is no record of who it belongs to. But essential safety work is needed and so we’re stepping in to protect road users.

“Please bear with us while this important work takes place. We’re sorry for any inconvenience which may be caused.”