A new video provides a glimpse of how a £228 million bypass to take traffic away from the village of Mottram in Longdendale could look.

Highways England has released the computer-generated images as part of a public consultation on the scheme, which is designed to improve journeys between Manchester and Sheffield.

The video shows a new dual carriageway to the north of Mottram which will run from the end of the M67 (junction 4) to the A57 at Mottram Moor. https://youtu.be/PxuJF-f2KWA

The village is on the 25-mile trans-Pennine route between Manchester and Sheffield, connecting the M67 in Greater Manchester to the M1 in South Yorkshire. 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.

A new bridge will carry the A6018 Roe Cross Road over the dual carriageway, which also includes a 140-metre-long underpass to take the bypass under Old Road and Old Hall Lane to the north of Mottram.

A new single carriageway road from Mottram Moor to Woolley Bridge will also separate Glossop traffic from vehicles travelling over the Pennines, along the A628 Woodhead Pass.

Andy Dawson, Highways England’s project manager, said:

“We want to give people as much information as possible about our proposals, and hope the new video makes to easier to understand how the new bypass will look.

“The video includes the new dual carriageway and single carriageway roads, as well as our plans for the bridges and underpasses along the route to keep communities connected.

“You can watch the video on our website, where you’ll also be able to have your say on the plans as part of our public consultation.”

The six-week consultation ends on Thursday 17 December, and Highways England’s project team are holding three webinars to provide more details on the proposals and answer your questions.

The online events will take place at midday and 6pm on Wednesday 18 November, and at 2pm on Saturday 21 November. Visit www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A57-Upgrade to take part.

You can also speak to a member of the project team by calling 0808 196 4502 every Tuesday until the end of November from 10am until 3pm, and from 4pm until 8pm.

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. You can watch the new video, find out more about the proposals and complete a consultation response form at www.highwaysengland.co.uk/A57-Upgrade.

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