Strong winds bring disruption to High Peak

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Strong winds and heavy rain has been sweeping across the High Peak, bringing down trees and disrupting public transport services.

An amber weather warning by the Met Office is in force until 4pm today (Thursday) for strong winds, with the potential for widespread gusts of 60 to 70 mph.

Earlier today, the Buxton weather website recorded a peak wind gust of 56mph.

The stormy weather has caused widespread disruption, with fallen trees and overturned vehicles affecting many rural roads, with the main A6 and A515 routes out of Buxton particularly badly affected.

Diversions are currently in place along the A6 at Tomthorn, between Buxton and Dove Holes, after a three-and-a-half tonne lorry was blown over.

Roads affected by fallen trees include Maynestone Road in Chinley, Hope Road, Bamford; Talbot Road, Glossop; Dinting Road, Glossop; and Hague Bar Road, New Mills.

The A628 Woodhead Pass has been closed to high-sided vehicles.

Delays have also been reported to local bus services, while an obstruction on the line between Buxton and Hazel Grove is affecting rail services to Manchester Piccadilly.

Strong winds have also forced the closure of local attractions such as Lyme Park in Disley, Haddon Hall and Chatsworth’s gardens, farmyard and adventure playground.