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.
- Preferred route announcement leaflet: this details the preferred package being taken forward and explains how we reached that decision
- Public consultation report: this is the full technical analysis of the public consultation
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 Governmentâ€™s Road Investment Strategy.
Our Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme contains the following elements:
- Mottram Moor link road â€“ a dual carriageway link from the M67 terminal roundabout to a junction at A57(T) Mottram Moor
- A57(T) to A57 link road â€“ 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 â€“ consideration of the provision of two overtaking lanes on the A628 near Woodhead Bridge and near Salters Brook Bridge
- Safety and technology improvements â€“ 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.
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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