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Trans-Pennine route plans go on display

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Plans to improve the key roads between two of the North’s biggest cities will go on display on Saturday 8 October and Thursday 13 October.

Highways England said that its Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme aimed to improve journey times, tackle congestion and reduce incidents between Manchester and Sheffield.

It said the schemes would also be designed to reconnect communities divided by busy roads.

The schemes are part of a £15bn government investment in motorways and major A roads by 2021 which is being delivered by Highways England. A consultation on more detailed plans is due to take place next year, with construction work expected to start by spring 2020.

“Thousands of drivers make the trip between Manchester and Sheffield every day and we are committed to improving their journeys to help support the region’s economy,” said Highways England project manager Irene Ofei.

“We have developed a number of practical options to many of the current issues on the route, both for drivers and communities. We would welcome feedback from residents and from drivers who use the route before we develop proposals for a more detailed consultation next year.”

The Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme includes the following schemes on the A57, A628 and A61:

  • Mottram Moor link road – a new dual carriageway from the roundabout at the end of the M67 to a new junction on the A57 at Mottram Moor, bypassing the A57 Hyde Road
  • A57 link road – a new link road from the A57 at Mottram Moor to the A57 at Brookfield, bypassing the existing A57 junctions with the A628 Market Street and Woolley Bridge Road
  • A628 climbing lanes – overtaking lanes on the uphill A628 near Woodhead Bridge and Salters Brook Bridge
  • A61 dual carriageway – adding an extra lane to create a dual carriageway on the A61 between the A616 roundabout and Junction 36 of the M1 near Tankersley
  • Safety and technology improvements – measures focused on addressing accident clusters.

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