Snake Pass to close?
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ONE of the main Sheffiel Manchester roads could clo if a Department of Transpc proposal is adopted.
The A57 Snake Pass roui the shortest way from Sh( field to Manchester, has be studied by a team of Peak Pa planners, Department Transport officials and loc highway authorities. ThE report predicts that traff across the Peak Distri National Park will increase 1 50 per cent in the next : years, and that goods vehic traffic will rise by 25 per cen: But the A57 Snake Pass always the first road in ti area to suffer from the wint weather and can becon impassable very quick during a snowfall. The repc suggests that the road shou be permanently closed, whi other roads would I improved to cope with the i creased traffic.
The "minor improvemeni mentioned in the report f these alternative roads inclui the construction of a crawl lane for heavy lorries on tl main commercial vehic route across the Peak Distrii the A616 and the A628 throui Woodhead. Passing places ( the A6 between Matlock ax Buxton are also proposed.
The closure of the A: Snake Pass route would affe long-distance traffic mo than local traffic. A Ministry Transport survey showed th only 200 vehicles a day we making local journeys. T1 idea of building a new Penni] motorway similar to the MC but linking Sheffield ar Manchester, was dismissed 1 the report.
The proposals are being se: to local councils and inte
ested bodies for comment.
THE Department of Transpc has decided on a new and mo direct route from the Crew, Nantwich area to the M using the A52 Barthoml( link.