Snow gates are to be installed on a key Transpennine route to improve driver safety and save valuable policing hours.

The traffic barriers will be installed on the A628 Woodhead Pass route which links South Yorkshire to Greater Manchester. The Highways Agency has announced that the work will cost £250,000 to set up.

In the past police have had to erect temporary barriers when wintry weather severely affects the exposed road but the new permanent gates will provide year-round safety measures.

Officers will operate the barriers manually which will be backed by electronic signs that can advise drivers to find alternative routes.

With the UK experiencing freezing temperatures in the past two months it has forced the Highways Agency to take action to prevent any more collisions.

Anthony Ashton, South Yorkshire police traffic management officer, said: "The gates will improve safety by acting as a physical barrier to stop drivers from attempting the route in bad weather."

The gates will be in operation by the end of March.

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