Lea Road timescale for repair announced

Posted by: Laura O'Neil

Thu 24th February 2022

Lea Road has been closed since January 2020 following a landslip, it is due to reopen in February 2023, but it could be sooner.

The road, which is near Cromford, first slipped in January 2020, and work started in 2021 to fix it.

This work had to stop in May 2021 as engineers found the landslip was still moving and had cracked a sewer pipe running underneath.

The pipe was mended and work was due to begin again in November 2021 when the road suffered a further collapse.

Engineers then found a new solution and work has been underway to gain the formal permission from the Environment Agency, since it includes building into the river bed.

The permission has now been gained from the Environment Agency, but they do not want work to start in the river until June to take account of the salmon breeding season. 

Derbyshire County Council is working hard with the Environment Agency to make the case for lifting this condition, in which case the road could be reopened by November 2022.

Cabinet member for highways assets and transport, Cllr Kewal Singh Athwal, said:

“We do understand the frustration of everyone who lives locally and have not been able to use Lea Road for so long.

“We now have a design solution and a way forward and will work with the Environment Agency to see if we can start on site sooner than June.

“We are so sorry for the inconvenience this is causing and thank everyone for their patience but as we’ve seen in recent days, Derbyshire can be severely impacted by the weather and barring any further slippage, we’re on course for reopening in February 2023 at the latest.”