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Trans-Pennine route improvements confirmed

mottram bypass

Highways England has announced its preferred route for the A57 Mottram bypass scheme, part of the £242M trans-Pennine upgrade scheme.

The highways body announced its response to three sets of improvements mooted as part of a public consultation which closed earlier this year. The trans-Pennine upgrade scheme is aiming to tackle congestion between Sheffield and Manchester.

Option A has been identified as the preferred route for the A57 bypass. It includes a new dual carriageway from the roundabout at the end of the M67 to a new junction on the A57 at Mottram Moor.

Improvements will also be made at Westwood roundabout which links the A61 and the A616, and safety measures to address accident clusters will be brought forward to the next stage of the scheme.

However the proposal to dual the A61 in certain areas has not yet been confirmed, while plans for climbing lanes, which allow slower uphill travel for larger vehicles, on the A628 are still being considered.

“Most people felt these improvements struck a good balance in terms of convenience for drivers, reduced impact on local communities and improved safety,” said Highways England regional delivery director for the North West Tim Gamon.

A further consultation on the plans will take place next year and construction work is expected to start early in 2020. The trans-Pennine upgrade forms part of Highways England’s ambitious £15bn scheme to deliver improvements to major A roads and motorways across England by 2021.

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