Press release

Tackling congestion, improving safety and reconnecting communities on Trans-Pennine route

Public consultation gets underway for the Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme.

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Plans to tackle congestion, reconnect communities and improve safety between Manchester and Sheffield are out for public consultation until 10 April.

Highways England is consulting on two shortlisted options for a Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme to improve the route through villages and towns including Mottram, Tankersley, Hattersley, Glossop and Hollingworth. It’s part of the government’s £15 billion 2014 Roads Investment Strategy to future-proof motorways and A roads.

Project manager Irene Ofei said:

The Trans-Pennine upgrade programme is all about improving journeys for drivers and reducing the impact of heavy traffic on local communities.

We are confident that the options will provide a solution to the problems experienced by residents and road users. But we need input from local residents who can bring their perspective and help us firm up a final proposal.

The two options include a number of solutions for the A57 Mottram Moor Link, including a bypass at Mottram, turning the A61 into a dual carriageway and creating climbing lanes for traffic to overtake lorries safely on the A628.

Five consultation events are planned where residents, businesses and local community leaders will have an opportunity to review the options, ask questions of the project team, and comment on the proposals.

Saturday 18 March – 12 noon to 6pm

Mottram Community Centre, Church Brow, Mottram, SK14 6JJ

Wednesday 22 March – 12 noon to 6pm

Tankersley Welfare Hall, Pilley Lane, Tankersley, S75 3AP

Friday 24 March - 2pm to 8pm

Bradbury Community House, Market St, Glossop, SK13 8AR

Saturday 25 March – 11am to 7pm

Tesco Hattersley, Stockport Road, Hattersley.

Saturday 1 April - 10am to 6pm

St Mary’s Church, Market Street, Hollingworth, SK14 8NE

The consultation brochure is available at: Hattersley Library, Mottram Post Office, Hollingworth Post Office, Hadfield Library, Glossop Library and Tankersley Post Office. Or visit the scheme website.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 14 March 2017