During 2018 we consulted on our proposed plans for the trans-Pennine upgrade. Weâ€™d like to thank everyone who participated and gave us their views by feeding back on the consultation. In the meantime, 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 comments received are being taken into account as we further refine the plans and explore our approach to keeping any negative environmental impacts to a minimum. All responses received are 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|
|2020||Construction begins on Westwood Roundabout and technology improvements|
|Winter 2021-22||Construction begins on Mottram Moor and A57 link roads|
Why we need this scheme
The existing route connecting the M67 at Mottram in Longdendale to the M1, north of Sheffield, mostly consists of single carriageway sections with steep gradients and sharp bends. The existing route currently causes a number of negative issues for local people.
Sections of the route can also be badly affected by poor weather and accident rates are above the national average. The road is often closed for these reasons, which means it's not as reliable as it should be. The lack of technology in the area, such as electronic information signs, also means that there is little information available for road users to make effective decisions about their journey.
The scheme in detail
In November 2017 we announced our preferred package. We're proposing to deliver the following elements:
- 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.
- Safety and technology improvements â€“ including safety measures focused on addressing accident hotspots and the provision of electronic message signs.
- A616/A61(T) Westwood roundabout â€“ improvements to reduce congestion and improve the flow of traffic through the roundabout in Tankersley, Sheffield.
The aims of this scheme include:
- connectivity â€“ by reducing congestion and improving the reliability of peopleâ€™s journeys 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 traffi c 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.
- reliability â€“ by reducing the number of incidents and by the use of technology to advise drivers of incidents along the route.
- safety â€“ by reducing the number of accidents along the route through targeted improvement measures
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