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Frustration as closure of main Hadfield road is extended again

Park Road in Hadfield. Image: Google Maps.

A main route between Hadfield and Glossop is to remain closed until the end of March, it has been confirmed.

Local residents have been left frustrated at a further extension to the Network Rail repairs to the railway bridge on Park Road in Hadfield.

The road first shut back in October for the vital repair work, however it was extended until December and then again to January. Now it’ll remain closed until the end of March.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "We’re sorry to road users and residents impacted by the essential upgrade to Park Road Railway Bridge in Hadfield. When engineers removed the road surface, they found unexpected cables and pipes which weren’t on survey drawings.

"These had to be dug around by hand, considerably delaying the project. We thank people for their continued patience and we’re working as fast as we can to get the work complete by the end of March." 

The bridge where Network Rail are carrying out the repairs

Diversions are in place along Newshaw Lane and Dinting Road. However there have been temporary traffic lights in place this week for essential gas works, so people have been ignoring the signs and instead cutting through Padfield.

Padfield borough councillor Ollie Cross says it’s very frustrating as heavy lorries are also using Platt Street, which has caused the road surface to break down. Works were due to take place on Platt Street this week, but they’ve now had to be postponed.

Some lorries are also getting stuck on the Redgate stretch.

Cllr Cross told us: “I wish they could be transparent about the problems so we know what’s going. In December the work was further extended until January. I find it hard to believe that they didn’t know about the cables and pipes then.

"There’s a marked increase in traffic going through Padfield and Platt Street is getting more damaged. It’s now beyond just patching up, it needs totally resurfacing.

"But my message to Network Rail is we definitely need more transparency. Everyone has been expecting Park Road to re-open this week and to be told at this late stage it’s going to remain shut until the end of March is just not on.”

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