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. It's important this data is in place before presenting our findings to all interested parties.
All responses received are being taken into account as we further refine the plans and explore our approach to minimising negative environmental impacts. All feedback received during the consultation has been analysed and compiled into a report which will form part of our planning application.
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 our initial start of construction date of March 2020 will be rescheduled to winter 2021-22. We're committed to communicating with the local community and other interested parties ahead of submitting our application for permission to build the scheme.
As part of the upgrade scheme, work is due to start on technology improvements along the route and on the Westwood roundabout in Tankersley, Sheffield in early 2020. This will help reduce congestion, improve traffic flows and enable us to provide real-time information for motorists to make effective decisions about their journey.
In the meantime, if you have any queries please get in touch with the project team on 0300 470 5103 or by email at Trans_Pennine_Scheme@highwaysengland.co.uk.
|November 2017||Announcement of our preferred route|
|Winter/spring 2018||Public consultation|
|2020||Submission of planning application|
|Winter 2021-22||Construction begins on Mottram Moor and A57 link roads|
Why we need this scheme
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 A61 Westwood roundabout page to see what else we are doing along this route
The scheme in detail
In November 2017 we announced our preferred route for the whole package of trans-Pennine upgrade work. At the western end of the A57/A628 Trans-Pennine route, we will deliver:
- Mottram Moor link road â€“ a new dual carriageway from the M67 junction 4 roundabout to a new junction on A57(T) Mottram Moor and a new single carriageway connecting to the A6018 Roe Cross Road
- A57(T) to A57 link road â€“ a new single carriageway link from the A57(T) at Mottram Moor to a new junction on the A57 on Woolley Bridge
The aims of this scheme include:
- connectivity â€“ by reducing congestion and improving the reliability of peopleâ€™s journeys through Mottram in Longendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle and also between the Manchester and Sheffield city regions
- environmental â€“ 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
- societal â€“ by re-connecting local communities along the trans-Pennine route
- capacity â€“ by reducing delays and queues that occur during busy periods and improving the performance of junctions on the route
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