Roads re-opened after storms but many like Snake Pass still shut

Derbyshire County Council reports that all-out efforts to beat the ‘Beast form the East’ and Storm Emma and get the region’s road network fully operational again continues.

Attempts to dig out snow-laden main roads in the High Peak with the help of farmer contractors has been ongoing with JCBs working to dig out the isolated villages.

Earlier today the A624 road linking Chapel and Glossop was re-0pened after a huge effort to clear it of snow drifts. It is now passable with care.

With slightly warmer temperatures and a gap in the snowfall, the council says it is concentrating at working to clear all main routes.

It reports that it has now re-opened the following routes in the county which were previously closed:

  • B6025 Alfreton Road, Tibshelf to Westhouse
  • B5006 Derby Road, Ticknall
  • Coton Lane, Lullington
  • Unnamed road, linking Coton Road and Lullington village

However, major routes currently still closed are:

  • A57 Snake Pass
  • A6024 Holme Moss
  • A53 Leek Road
  • A537 Cat and Fiddle
  • Monks Road between Chunal and Charlesworth
  • B6105 Torside Glossop to the A628
  • A515 Buxton to Newhaven
  • A5012 Via Gellia (Pikehall to Newhaven)
  • Rotherham Road – Harthill Road to Worksop Rd
  • Main Rd – Owler Barr to Barlow
  • Rotherham Road – Stoney Houghton to Green Lane
  • Rosliston Road South, Rosliston
  • Hallcroft Avenue, Overseal

Only one main route into Buxton is currently open – the town can be accessed via the A6 from both the north and south.

Due to the ongoing severe conditions a countywide multi-agency approach is now being taken to tackle the situation with agencies including us, emergency services, hospitals, health providers and Public Health England – the first time this has happened since 2010.

The M62 was re-opened in the early hours of this morning after it was closed because of the volume of snowfall and high winds which were recorded at 93mph.

MAIN PICTURE: This lorry is forced to turn back as The Snake Pass remains shut.