A57/A628 Trans-Pennine programmeRecently updated

We are investigating ways to improve connectivity between Manchester and Sheffield.

Region:  North West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

Further to the public consultation we held in April 2017, we announced the preferred package that will be taken forward as part of the Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme in November 2017.

The following documents are now available to read.

You can find out more information on our consultation page.

What next?

We will continue to conduct surveys and investigations to allow us to make further informed decisions on the scheme. The Mottram Moor and A57(T) to A57 link roads element of this scheme is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project under the Planning Act 2008 and will require us to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) before it can be built. To inform our application for a DCO we will hold a statutory public consultation by summer 2018 to get your feedback.

We expect construction work to start by spring 2020.

Why we need this scheme

The Trans-Pennine route runs between Manchester and Sheffield, providing an important connection between two of our most important Northern cities.

Currently journey times can vary highly and compare unfavourably with links between other cities a similar distance apart. This is because parts of the route, particularly the A628, experience:

  • high volumes of traffic
  • steep gradients and sharp bends
  • winter closures during bad weather

This results in:

  • delays and congestion
  • above average numbers of accidents
  • unacceptable impact on local communities and the environment of the Peak District National Park
  • impact on the economy

The scheme in detail

We are investigating ways to improve connectivity between Manchester and Sheffield. The Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme includes a number of initiatives to improve travel along this corridor which were announced in the Government’s Road Investment Strategy.

Our Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme contains the following elements:

  • Mottram Moor link road – a dual carriageway link from the M67 terminal roundabout to a junction at A57(T) Mottram Moor
  • A57(T) to A57 link road – a single carriageway link from the A57 at Mottram Moor to a junction on the A57 at Brookfield, bypassing the existing A628/A57 and A57 Woolley Lane/Hadfield Road junctions
  • A61 - a dual carriageway on the A61 between the A616 roundabout and junction 36 of the M1
  • A628 climbing lanes – consideration of the provision of two overtaking lanes on the A628 near Woodhead Bridge and near Salters Brook Bridge
  • Safety and technology improvements – measures focused on addressing accident clusters

We have also committed to consult with local communities and stakeholders on the scope and viability of further improvements and extension of the Mottram Moor Link Road that would address the issues faced in Tintwistle and Hollingworth.

Aims

The aims of this scheme are:

  • faster, more reliable journey times, improving the connection between Manchester and Sheffield
  • reduction in impact on the natural environment and landscape in the Peak District National Park
  • better air quality and lower impact from traffic noise
  • reduction in delays and queues at peak hours
  • reductions in the number of incidents and accidents
  • ensuring that incidents and accidents have less impact on traffic when they do occur

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Location : The M56 westbound entry slip at junction J1 from A34. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2017 to 30 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 17, 2017, 5:30 am
Location : The M60 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2017 to 30 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 17, 2017, 5:30 am
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J24 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 December 2017 to 06:00 on 19 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 December 2017 to 05:00 on 18 December 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J22 and J23 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:00 on 31 March 2018.
Posted: December 15, 2017, 6:13 pm

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