Closure of Sheffield Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Closure of Sheffield Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith

We have been notified by Derbyshire County Council that Sheffield Road in Chapel-en-le-Frith, from the junction with Market Street, to the junction with Frith Knoll Road, will be closed from 29 April 2019 until the end of October so that major works can take place to fix a broken culvert.

The culvert runs under Sheffield Road, just outside their highways depot and is 75m long with around 30m directly under the road. Black Brook runs through the culvert to the junction of Market Street and Buxton Road.

A routine inspection found serious structural issues with the culvert in a number of places. Large cracks were found in the stone slab sections covering the culvert and structural defects were found in the masonry arches that support Sheffield Road.

If these structural issues are not fixed there is a serious risk that Sheffield Road could collapse and cause damage to the utilities - gas, electric, water, sewage pipes and phone cables - that are in the road. This could also lead to flooding in the area.

The utilities will all need to be moved before the culvert is replaced with a pre-cast reinforced concrete box culvert.

Once the work is done the culvert should last for 120 years, and it will also reduce the flooding risk. The cost is expected to be around £750,000.

Design work and consultation with the Environment Agency and utility companies started last year and HGVs were stopped from using the road. A tree was removed in preparation for the work.

While Sheffield Road is closed, southbound traffic on the A6 will be diverted up to Barmoor Clough roundabout and will 'u turn' back up the A6 to get into Chapel-en-le Frith using the B5470. Traffic wanting the A6 northbound will leave Chapel-en-le-Frith on Hayfield Road which will remain one-way as the current HGV diversion.

For more information please email DCC's highways team at

DCC apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works but have no choice but to replace the culvert.

Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2019 13:52 by Parish Clerk

Tags: Road Closure