Last chance to have your say on Mottram’s new £228m bypass
Drivers and residents have got just one week left to have their say on plans for a new bypass to improve journeys between Manchester and Sheffield.
More than 800 people have already submitted their responses to Highways England’s six-week public consultation on the new £228 million bypass, which would take traffic away from Mottram in Longdendale.
Around 25,000 vehicles travel along the A57 through Mottram every day, including over 2,000 HGVs – equivalent to one lorry entering the village every 42 seconds. The new two-mile bypass would run from the roundabout at the end of the M67 (junction 4) to a new junction on the A57 in Woolley Bridge.
The public consultation on the scheme closes at 11.59pm on Thursday 17 December. You can find out more about the proposals and complete a consultation response form at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A57-
Andy Dawson, Highways England’s project manager, said:
“We’ve been really pleased with the response we’ve had to the consultation so far and are encouraging anyone who hasn’t already had their say to make sure they submit their comments to us by Thursday 17 December.
“We’ve sent out thousands of brochures about the scheme to homes and businesses along the route, and have got lots of information on the website. You can also watch a computer-generated video showing how the bypass could look.
“We’ll read through every form we receive in response to the consultation and are keen to use as many comments as possible to help us shape our plans for Mottram’s new bypass.”
The Mottram bypass scheme includes a new dual carriageway to the north of Mottram which would connect the motorway roundabout to the A57 at Mottram Moor. A new single carriageway road from Mottram Moor to Woolley Bridge would also separate Glossop traffic from vehicles travelling along the A628 Woodhead Pass.
A combined footpath and cycleway would run alongside the new single carriageway road, connecting Mottram to the coast-to-coast Trans Pennine Trail at Woolley Bridge. The mainly traffic-free route is part of the national cycle network and winds 215 miles across the Pennines between Southport and Hornsea.
A planning application for Mottram bypass is due to be submitted next year once the consultation responses have been considered and, if the project is approved by the government, construction work could start by spring 2023.