We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

We Asked

We asked for feedback on a package of measures to improve the Trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Sheffield, with the intention of reducing congestion and improving journey times, reliability and safety.

You Said

Over 1,000 people attended the public information events that were held and we received 878 completed questionnaires.

We received clear feedback in response to the proposed link roads and the safety and technology improvements. 

We also received useful comments about the need to improve Westwood Roundabout in Tankersley near Sheffield.

We Did

On the 2 November we confirmed the preferred package for the Trans-Pennine upgrade programme.  The following elements are now being taken forward to the next stage of development:

  • Mottram Moor and A57(T) to A57 Link Roads: Option A was identified as the preferred route. This option performed the best in terms of community impact and had the most support from those taking part in the consultation.   
  • Safety and technology: There was broad support for the majority of the proposed measures, so we are doing further work to identify how they can be best used along the route.

As part of the announcement we are not including a preferred route for the A628 climbing lanes. Instead the need for the climbing lanes will be looked at again when the Trans-Pennine Tunnel strategic study, which is considering transformative options for connecting Manchester and Sheffield, is published.

The proposal to dual the A61 will also be looked at again so we can further assess what needs to be done. In the meantime we will take forward some work at Westwood Roundabout to improve congestion and traffic flows.

For more information on the development of the project or to subscribe to our web alerts, visit the scheme website.

Copies of the full public consultation report are also available to view at the following local venues:

  • Barnsley: Central Library
  • Broadbottom: Community Centre; Magdalene Centre
  • Gamesley: Community and Sports Centre
  • Glossop: Glossop Library; Leisure Centre; Bradbury Community House
  • Hadfield: Library
  • Hattersley: Hattersley Hub; Tesco Hattersley; Hattersley Library
  • Hollingsworth: Post Office; St Mary’s Church
  • Langsett: Bank View Café
  • Mottram: Post Office; J. Wood and Company Ironmongers
  • Sheffield: Penistone Library; Stocksbridge Library
  • Tankersley: Welfare Hall; Post Office

We Asked

We asked for feedback on our proposals to upgrade the A303 between Sparkford and Ilchester to relieve congestion, support regional economic growth and improve access between communities, workplaces and local services.

You Said

A total of 735 stakeholders attended the public events and we received 1,237 questionnaire responses.

82% of people agreed that something should be done to address the problems on the A303. The responses showed overwhelming support for the principle of the scheme and significant majority support for Option 1.

As well as giving views on specific elements of the project, people provided feedback on themes such as the environment and the local community, as well as suggestions for additional junctions and crossing points.

The views expressed and matters raised are summarised in our preferred route leaflet with more detail provided in our report on public consultation. You can find both of these in the ‘files’ section below.

We Did

We read and considered every response and comment you gave us and, together with the results of further surveys and assessments, used this information to review and improve our initial proposals.

We Asked

We asked for feedback on proposals to upgrade the A303 past Stonehenge – an 8 mile (13 kilometre) stretch from Amesbury in the east, through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) and the village of Winterbourne Stoke, to Berwick Down in the west.

The scheme needs to:

  • support regional economic growth by improving connectivity to London and the South East
  • meet future transport needs by creating a high quality reliable route
  • enhance Stonehenge by restoring its setting in the prehistoric landscape
  • improve the environment and local quality of life by reducing rat-running and other impacts

Our proposals were for a 1.8 mile (2.9 kilometre) tunnel with approach roads inside the WHS, a new bypass for Winterbourne Stoke (passing either north or south of the village) and improvements to existing junctions with the A345 and A360. 

You Said

More than 9,000 people and organisations responded to the consultation.

People generally agreed that something should be done to address the problems on the A303, but there were different opinions about what.

As well as giving views on specific elements of the project, people also offered alternative ideas and provided feedback on themes such as cultural heritage and the environment, as well as engineering, construction, planning, cost and the consultation process itself.

The views expressed and matters raised are summarised in our preferred route booklet, which you can find below in the documents section

We Did

We read and considered every response and comment you gave us and, together with the results of further surveys and assessments, used this information to review and improve our initial proposals. 

The most significant change was a re-think on the route through the western half of the WHS and the location of the western tunnel portal, which are now much closer to the line of the existing A303. This avoids many important archaeological sites, including newly-discovered important archaeology just to the east of the A360. The modified alignment also avoids any risk of the road intruding on the view of the setting sun from Stonehenge during the winter solstice, perhaps the most important sightline in the entire WHS.

Before consultation there was no clear preferred bypass option for Winterbourne Stoke. You have helped us decide that the northern route is the preferred option.

To learn more about the preferred route, please see the documents below. For more information on the development of the project, its role as part of an Expressway to the South West, and to subscribe to our web alerts, please visit the A303 Stonehenge webpage.

 

 

We Asked

We asked for feedback on our design options for the A120 Harwich Road Roundabout.

You Said

We received 66 responses with overwhelming support for Option 2: Without the Park Road link. Many of you expressed concern with the suitability of local roads to accommodate additional traffic. You also highlighted that the lanes are well used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and raised concern about the safety of these vulnerable users if traffic volumes increased.

We Did

In response to your feedback we have decided to remove the Park link road from our design. We still intend for the construction to begin later this year.

We Asked

We asked for feedback on proposals to create a new dual carriageway on the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross, to relieve congestion and improve access between communities, workplaces and local services.

You Said

Feedback received from the consultation related to the impact on farms, businesses and properties, junction capacity and the environment. We have taken this into account in the selection of the preferred route.

We Did

On 3 July 2017 we confirmed the preferred route for the A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross scheme as a modified version of the route presented at consultation.

The preferred route provides a new dual carriageway running to the north of the existing A30 between Chiverton and Chybucca and to the south between Chybucca and Carland Cross. It includes:

  • a 70mph high quality dual carriageway
  • a new roundabout at Chiverton Cross built on 2 levels to allow traffic to flow freely
  • a new partial junction at Chybucca built on 2 levels with west-facing slip-roads only to provide access onto the dual carriageway from local routes
  • new bridges at Tolgroggan Farm, Pennycomequick Lane and over the Allet to Tresawsen road to provide local access
  • a 2 level junction at Carland Cross with a new roundabout north of the dual carriageway and re-using the existing roundabout to the south
  • use of the existing A30 as a local route with new sections where necessary to provide continuity

We Asked

We held a 6 week public consultation where we asked for feedback on 2 options for improving the road.

You Said

We received a total of 574 completed questionnaires and 37 written responses from the public.

Most people agreed that something needs to be done to improve the route. 78% of people indicated a preference for the bypass to be provided while 12% stated that they would prefer improvements were made to the existing road.

Some people also stated that they would like to see a link to Shard Road incorporated into the scheme.

We Did

On the 24 October we made the preferred route announcement for the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool Junction improvement scheme

The southern bypass option is being taken forward to the next stage in the process.  This option does the most to:

  • reduce congestion and journey times and improve safety overall.
  • better support the proposed developments further north on the Fylde peninsula, by increasing the overall capacity of the road.
  • provide the most improvements to pedestrians and cyclists, as it will take traffic away from the existing A585.

In taking the scheme through to the next stage of its development we will look at whether a link to Shard Road is needed or is feasible, and we will decide whether or not to include a junction with Garstang New Road.

For more information on the development of the project or to subscribe to our web alerts, please visit the scheme webpage.