A57 Trans-Pennine upgrade

We're investigating ways to improve connectivity between Manchester and Sheffield.

Start date January - March 2023
End date Road Period 3 (2025 - 2030)
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 25 August 2020

    Change to scheme delivery dates

    During 2018 we consulted with stakeholders and the public on our proposed plans for the Trans-Pennine upgrade project. Since then, we've been carrying out further air quality monitoring alongside our ongoing air quality assessment to ensure the scheme doesn’t affect areas of pre-existing air quality exceedances.

    It's important this data is in place before presenting our findings to all interested parties.

    The gathering and analysis of the air quality monitoring data has had an impact on the timescales for the delivery of the link roads, meaning that we now intend to start construction work on this project in early 2023. We plan to hold another consultation on the latest design and environmental information for the project later this year. Keep an eye on our web page for more details about the consultation, or sign up for email alerts when we update this web page with the latest information.

Project information


There is currently poor connectivity between Manchester and Sheffield city regions, suppressing economic activity which will only worsen if significant improvements are not made to the corridor. 

Congestion and community severance are an issue in built-up areas along the route, in particular in Mottram, but also in Hollingworth and Tintwistle as a result of queuing traffic stretching back and blocking junctions. The introduction of a bypass at Mottram will reduce traffic flows through the village, which will help to ease issues of congestion, noise pollution, air pollution and severance. 

This scheme is part of a wider package of work that will improve the existing route connecting the M67 at Mottram in Longdendale to the M1, north of Sheffield. Please see our southern Trans-Pennine improvements page to see what else we are doing along this route. 

The aims of this scheme include: 

  • connectivity – by reducing congestion and improving the reliability of people’s journeys through Mottram in Longendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle and also between the Manchester and Sheffield city regions 
  • environmental – by improving air quality and reducing noise levels in certain areas, through reduced congestion and removal of traffic from residential areas. The scheme is also being designed to avoid unacceptable impacts on the natural environment and landscape in the Peak District National Park 
  • society – by re-connecting local communities along the trans-Pennine route 
  • capacity – by reducing delays and queues that occur during busy periods and improving the performance of junctions on the route 


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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