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A57 Snake Pass to be closed for weeks after dangerous landslides

Diversion routes have been put in place for the A57 Snake Pass between Sheffield and Manchester but local residents still have access.

A major route between Sheffield and Manchester will be closed for weeks following landslides caused by Storm Eunice and Franklin.

Three locations on the mile-long section of the A57 have been affected between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir.

Two of the areas of slippage were already being monitored, however, a third slip appeared along the road where the verge has dropped by two metres after the heavy rainfall.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council stated visitor facilities at Fairholmes are unaffected and can be accessed via Sheffield.

They also said the closure is in place for a month and it’s too early to say when the road will be able to reopen.

Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, of the authority said: “I know this will be a huge inconvenience to everyone who uses the A57 regularly.

“However, with the ground underneath the road surface expected to continue to move, in the interests of everyone’s safety we simply cannot allow traffic to use the road.

“This is an evolving situation but please be assured we will continue to monitor the situation closely.

“Once the land movement has stopped we will assess what needs doing to repair the sections of road. However, once in a position to do this it will be a complicated piece of work.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience as we deal with the aftermath of this unprecedented weather which has affected not only Derbyshire but much of the country.”

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