Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme

Closed 10 Apr 2017

Opened 13 Mar 2017

Overview

The Trans-Pennine route, which includes the A57, A628, A616 and A61, mainly consists of single carriageways with steep gradients and sharp bends, and is particularly affected by bad weather.

Schemes that form the Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme are designed to reconnect communities divided by busy roads and contains the following elements:

  • Mottram Moor Link Road – a dual carriageway link from the M67 terminal roundabout to a junction at A57(T) Mottram Moor
  • A57(T) to A57 Link Road – 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/Woolley Bridge Road junctions
  • A61 Dualling - a dual carriageway on the A61 between the A616 roundabout and junction 36 of the M1
  • A628 Climbing Lanes –two overtaking lanes on the A628 near Woodhead Bridge and near Salters Brook Bridge
  • Safety and technology improvements – safety measures focused on addressing collisions along the whole route and technology measures to provide driver information and inform route choices

What we are consulting on

Mottram Moor Link Road and the A57 (T) to A57 Link Road

Option A includes a new dual carriageway link from the M67 terminal roundabout to a new junction at A57(T) Mottram Moor near the junction with Back Moor and a single carriageway link from the new junction at A57(T) Mottram Moor to a new junction on the A57 at Brookfield.

Option B includes a new dual carriageway link from the M67 terminal roundabout to a new junction at A57(T) Mottram Moor near Coach Road and a single carriageway link from the new junction at A57(T) Mottram Moor to a new junction on the A57 at Brookfield.

Option A

Option B

A61 dualling

Both options provide a dual carriageway from the M1 Junction 36 to Westwood roundabout. The options are identical apart from the junction arrangements along the route.

Option 1: to stop all right turn movements at the minor road junctions so that they become left in, left out junctions only.

Option 2: to stop all right turn movements out of the minor roads onto the A61 but maintain the right turns from the A61 into Westwood New Road and Wentworth Way.

A628 Climbing Lanes

Climbing lanes are overtaking lanes which separate slow-moving vehicles from faster traffic. We’d like to build two climbing lanes as part of this element. Both would be built by cutting into the adjacent ground on the northern (higher) side, to provide a wider single carriageway. There would be two lanes in the eastbound (uphill) direction and a single westbound (downhill) lane.

Climbing lanes location 1

Climbing lanes location 2

Safety improvements

We are considering implementing various measures, including:

  • changing speed limits (usually reducing them)
  • average speed cameras
  • introducing highly reflective road markings
  • installing LED road studs
  • erecting vehicle actuated signs that light up to warn drivers of hazards or inappropriate speed
  • introducing skid resistant surfaces
  • providing parking bays to prevent vehicles parking on footways in built up areas
  • installing measures to protect right turning vehicles and prevent overtaking manoeuvres at specific locations
  • providing better crossing facilities for pedestrians in built up areas

Technology Improvements

We propose to install additional variable message signs (VMS) to inform drivers of conditions on the network and automate the existing snow gates.

You can view full detials of all the proposals in the consultation brochure.

Public exhibitions

We are holding public exhibitions to provide information about the scheme and answer any of your questions:

Venue Date Time
Mottram Community Centre, Church Brow, Mottram, SK14 6JJ Saturday 18 March 12 midday to 6pm
Tankersley Welfare Hall, Pilley Lane, Tankersley, S75 3AP Wednesday 22 March 12 midday to 6pm
Bradbury Community House, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR Friday 24 March 2pm to 8pm
Tesco Hattersley, Stockport Rd, Hattersley Saturday 25 March 11am to 7pm
St Marys Church, Market Street, Hollingworth, SK14 8NE Saturday 1 April 10am to 6pm

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All members of the public

Interests

  • Roads