A61 Westwood roundabout

Improvements at Westwood roundabout (A61/A616) at Tankersley and technology improvements along the A628 Woodhead Pass

Start date March 2020
End date 2021 - 22
Cost £18.6 million

Latest updates

  • 30 October 2020

    Public information events

    We held two public information webinars last month to talk about the planned improvements we’re making to provide drivers with real-time information which will allow them to make effective decisions about their journey.

    As part of the A61 Westwood roundabout scheme we’re improving the current closure gates and the information available to road users by installing a series of new electronic variable message signs along the A628, A616 and A61 route.

    You can find out more information about our plans in this short presentation.

  • 14 October 2020

    A628 technology improvements

    We’re hosting two public information webinars in October 2020 month to talk about the scheme in more details and give you the chance to ask the team any questions you may have.

    The webinars are taking place on:

    • Wednesday 21 October noon-2pm
    • Saturday 24 October 10am-noon

    You can find out more details about what is being planned in our leaflet:

    A616/A61 Westwood roundabout and A628 technology scheme - public information booklet

    To attend the webinar please click on the links below for the event you wish to join, five minutes before it is due to start. 

    Please note you may be asked to download Microsoft Teams prior to joining the event.

    All attendees will be on mute but there is the option to post questions in the live question and answer session. This can be found on the right-hand side of the page. 

    A628 technology webinar - Wednesday 21 October noon-2pm

    A628 technology webinar - Saturday 24 October 10am-noon     

  • 30 September 2020

    Overnight closures to install narrow lanes - October 2020

    We’ll have a series of closures next month to allow us to install narrow lanes.

    Maple Road in both directions will be closed Monday 5 to Friday 10 October and Monday 12 October.

    The southern side of Westwood roundabout will be closed Friday 9 October, and Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 October.

    The northern side of Westwood roundabout will be closed Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 October and Monday 19 to Thursday 22 October.

    The closures will be between 8pm and 6am. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

  • 08 September 2020

    Drainage and earthwork underway

    Narrow lanes are now in place on Westwood roundabout and work is now starting in the verges to complete drainage and earthwork. Since our last update we’ve been preparing the site for the widening which has included removing lighting columns and vegetation where necessary, we’ve reduced the inner ring of the roundabout and improved the existing footpaths.

    Over the next couple of months, we’ll be widening the approaches at the roundabout and installing the new traffic signals this is alongside the strengthening of Sowell Bridge which will also be taking place.

    We’ll also be starting work on the A628 Woodhead Pass. This will include us installing nine new electric message signs along the route in addition to the four that are already in place and upgrading the electric closure gates on Woodhead Pass and installing a new gate at Dunford Bridge. We’re looking to start this work in autumn once the remaining design work has been completed.

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  • 30 April 2020

    Ground investigation starts

    Since our public information events back in February/March we’ve started our ground investigation work to widen the A61/A616 Westwood roundabout. This work includes establishing the extent of mine workings and ground conditions at key areas of the roundabout and will enable to us to carry out the widening work which will help reduce congestion and improve traffic flows on the roundabout.

    Once our investigations have been completed and any remedial work carried out, we’ll start work to widen the roundabout and some of the approaches. In autumn we’ll start our technology improvements along the A628. This will enable us to provide real-time information for motorists to make effective decisions about their journey.

    Our Environmental Impact Assessment has now been published and can be found in the documents section.

Project information

We’ll be reducing congestion and improving the flow of traffic for drivers through Westwood roundabout in Tankersley, Sheffield. This will also reduce congestion and improving the reliability of peoples journeys between the Manchester and Sheffield city regions.

Our improvements along the A628 will also help to improve safety for drivers and allow them to make more effective decisions through the use of electronic message signs.

By adding an extra lane on the roundabout and some of the approaches of Westwood roundabout we’ll be able to reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability. Traffic lights will also be added to all the approaches apart from Maple Road.

We’ll also be installing technology, such as electronic information boards, on the A628 which will allow drivers to make more effective decisions about their journeys and improve journey time reliability.

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 A57/A628 Trans-Pennine upgrade scheme to see what else we are doing along this route.

Documents

Traffic information

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

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