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Preferred option revealed for link road in Mottram
Friday 3rd November 2017 @ 06:42 by Adam Higgins
Longdendale News

Highways England has chosen its preferred option for a new link road linking the M67 and the A57 at Mottram Moor. 

It’s part of its wider £170m Trans-Pennine route upgrade programme, with construction set to start in 2020.

There had been two proposed options for new roads in the area between Hattersley and Hadfield: Option A, a dual carriageway link road running from the M67 terminal roundabout to a junction with A57 at Back Moor, as well as a new single carriageway road from the junction to another on the A57 at Brookfield; and Option B, a dual carriageway from the M67 to the A57 near Coach Road.

Highways England has now decided to proceed with Option A for the link road, which it said “performed best in terms of community impact and had the most support from those taking part in the consultation”.

According to the consultation, 50% of respondents backed Option A, while 33% backed Option B, with respondents suggesting that the first option would provide an easier and more straightforward road route than Option B.

Chosen route: The preferred option for a link road in Mottram

The Mottram Moor link road is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and Highways England will need to make an application for a development consent order for the project to go ahead.

A consent order is expected to be submitted by winter next year, with a decision expected in spring 2020. Work on the road is due to start in 2020 subject to the necessary consents being granted.

Cllr Kieran Quinn, executive leader of Tameside Council said: “This is great news. After so many false starts, demands, studies and inquiries, the bypass is finally to be built.

“It’s something Tameside Council has wanted for years. I’m delighted the Highways England has adopted Option A and is now moving into the detailed planning and development stage. At its most basic level, construction of the bypass means relief for the thousands of drivers – local and passing through – who have had to sit in long traffic queues around Mottram.

“Beyond that, however, the improved transport links will do much to unlock the economic potential of the Trans-Pennine region, and the Tameside and Glossop economies in particular”.

Cllr Tony Ashton, leader of High Peak Borough Council said: “This is a very welcome announcement and it is good to see progress now being made. This scheme will enhance connectivity between Glossop, Greater Manchester and the wider motorway network and we look forward to working with Highways England and other partners to ensure the detailed design optimises the benefits for local communities and businesses.

“However, this is not the total solution to the traffic issues we face in Glossopdale and we will continue to seek a solution to alleviate traffic on the A628 at Tintwistle.”

Tim Gamon, Highways England’s Regional Delivery Director for the North West, said: “More than 1,000 people attended the public information events we held on both sides of the Pennines earlier this year and almost 900 people 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 for drivers, reduced impact on local communities and improved safety. So we will present them in a statutory consultation next year with a plan to starting construction in early 2020.”