Background - Part I: Early Plans (1989 to 2007)
Following earlier investigations to provide a bypass, the scheme was
restored to the road programme in 1989 and following a public consultation
process a preferred route was selected in October 1993. This route is
shown on the map in red. After subsequent reviews by the previous government,
work was suspended. In July 1998 the present government published the
The A57/A628 connects Manchester with Sheffield via the M67, A616 and
M1. There are several junctions and pedestrian crossings, as the A57
passes throug the villages of Mottram and Hollingworth, causing long
delays for traffic during peak hours. On-street parking, deliveries,
and break-downs, and make the road narrow for the large numbers of heavy
goods vehicles using
The high volume of traffic causes noise, visual intrusion and severance and creates an unpleasant environment for residents. The accident rate at Tintwistle is more than twice the national average.
The Proposed Route
The Preferred Route would leave the M67 terminal roundabout in a northeasterly direction and pass under the A6018 Roe Cross Road, Old Road and Old Hall Lane in a tunnel some 120 metres north of the point where those roads converge. This tunnel would be about 170 metres long.
To the east of this area the route continues to a roundabout which
provides for a link road
Why a bypass?
No-one is saying that there isn't a problem. Noise and air pollution are very real problems for the residents along the A57/A628. The bypass, however, is just one of a number of proposals put forward to the council, but for some reason this is the only solution that the council will consider. Opposition to this scheme, and support for alternative solutions, needs to be voiced loudly and persistently. Visit the Get Involved! page to find out what you can do to help and to make your voice heard.
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