Your say on A57 Mottram Bypass
Sunday 4th February 2018 @ 00:37 by Nigel Skinner
Hyde News Tameside

Residents are being invited to have their say at a series of consultation meetings as final plans are drawn up for the A57 Mottram bypass.

The ambitious improvement scheme, featuring new dual and single carriageways between the M67 and Woolley Bridge, requires special planning permission.

So too do other improvements along the planned £242 million investment in the Manchester to Sheffield Trans-Pennine route.

These include safety and technology improvements either side of Woodhead Pass and a major overhaul of Westwood roundabout in South Yorkshire where the A616 meets the A61.

This week Highways England unveiled a timetable for the statutory consultation.

It will run between Monday, February 12 and Sunday, March 25 with a programme of public consultation events plus offering other ways for people to get involved – including by email, post and online.

Highways England’s Trans-Pennine Upgrade project manager Monica Corso Griffiths said: “Having announced our preferred options for this important investment last November, this is now the opportunity for everyone to help us shape the detail of the individual schemes before we submit firm and final proposals to the planning authorities.

“We’d urge anyone with an interest in the improvements to let us know their views.

“This is an important investment in one of the most important east to west routes in the country.”

The proposals included in the public consultation are:

• Mottram Moor link road – a new dual carriageway from the M67 junction 4 roundabout to a new junction on the A57 at Mottram Moor and a new single carriageway connecting to the A6018 Roe Cross Road.

• A new single carriageway link from the A57 at Mottram Moor to a new junction on the A57 at Woolley Bridge.

• Safety and technology improvements – including safety measures focused on addressing accident hotspots and the provision of electronic message signs.

• A616/A61 Westwood roundabout – improvements to reduce congestion and improve the flow of traffic through the roundabout in Tankersley, Sheffield.

Highways England will need to secure a development consent order (DCO) to enable it to build the new stretches of road at Mottram.

To help with this the statutory consultation events are being staged across both sides of the Pennines during the consultation period and will be held at:

• Mottram CofE Primary School Warhill, Mottram, Hyde, SK14 6JL – Saturday, February 17, noon to 6pm.

• Bradbury Community House, Market Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8AR – Wednesday, February 28, 2pm-8pm.

• Tesco, Stockport Road, Hattersley, Hyde, SK14 6QA – Saturday, March 3, 11am-5pm.

• Tankersley Welfare Hall, Pilley Lane, Tankersley, Barnsley, S75 3AP – Monday, March 5, noon-6pm.

• St Mary’s Church, Market Street, Hollingworth, Hyde, SK14 8NE – Friday, March 9, 11am-5pm.

• Mottram Community Centre, Church Brow, Mottram, Hyde – Saturday, March 10, 11am-5pm.

As well as the public exhibitions, paper response forms and consultation brochures will be available at locations open to the public from February 12 and can be handed in at the events above or sent to the freepost address provided on the form.

More information about the proposals and details of the deposit locations, which include local post offices and libraries, are available at www.highways.gov.uk/trans-pennine-upgrade

Anyone who wants more information or to give their views on the scheme can also email the project team at: [email protected] Alternatively call 0300 123 5000, Highways England’s customer care centre.