A preferred route for the A57 Mottram bypass has been outlined by Highways England.
The route, which will bring improvements for commuters and businesses who frequently use the Manchester to Sheffield Trans-pennine route, has been backed by road users and will be accompanied by a number of other improvements in the surrounding area.
This £242 million will help road users, businesses who frequent the road and others benefit from less congestion. However, another major part of the project on the A57 Mottram bypass will concentrate on safety, benefiting motorists and highways staff who need to work on the roads.
Highways England also announced improvements at Westwood roundabout at Tankersley in South Yorkshire, which links up the A61 and A616.
A third improvement – which was subject of a consultation held earlier in 2017 along with the two aforementioned projects – will refine options for dualling of the A61 between Westwood roundabout and the M1.
In addition to this, Highways England will put plans forward for climbing lanes on the A628. These are already being considered after the consultation that has already taken place.
The company – responsible for the operation, maintenance and improvements of England’s highways – is carrying out these developments as part of the wider strategy of investment on the strategic road network in order to bring the roads up to the standards expected.
Given that there are more road users than ever before, having these roads in fine working order is key to providing a gateway across the country for businesses and their employees to use.
Tim Gamon is Highways England’s regional Delivery Director for the North West.
He explained the consultation and what the improvements will bring to the A57 Mottram.
“More than 1,000 people attended the public information events we held on both sides of the Pennines earlier this year and almost 900 peole responded to the consultation – with half backing the option selected for a new link from the M67 terminal roundabout to a new junction at A57(T) Mottram Moor – near Back Moor – and a link from there to a new junction on the A57 at Brookfield.
“Most people felt these improvements struck a good balance in terms of convenience and improved safety. So we will present them in a statutory consultation next year with a plan to starting construction in early 2020.”