A628 trans-Pennine upgrade consultation

16th Mar 2017

There is currently a consultation on the upgrade to the A628 Trans-Pennine corridor until 10th April

Full details can be found here: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/trans-pennine-upgrade-programme/

The proposals consist of a dual carriageway bypass of Mottram only, a link road off the bypass to Glossop (with two potential routes identified), climbing lanes in the Peak Park east of Woodhead reservoir and safety measures, and completion of dualling of A61 in South Yorkshire.  These measures would not relieve Hollingworth, Tintwistle, the Longdendale Valley and Gallows Moss or the South Yorkshire villages of through traffic. As was shown through the public inquiry into the Mottram Tintwistle Bypass in 2007, once the bottleneck at Mottram crossroads is removed there would be a substantial increase in new traffic on the A628, some diverting off the M62, and on the A57 through Glossop.

We don't support the proposed improvements to the A628 (T) corridor for a number of reasons. Not least because new roads fill up with traffic within a few years and congested conditions return with adverse impacts on local communities and the countryside.

We fully supports the need to relieve local communities near the A628 Woodhead trunk route of the hugely negative impacts of traffic; impacts which are created by a mix of mainly locally generated car traffic and a minority of HGV through-traffic. However a solution must be found which both avoids new infrastructure within the Park or outside in its setting, and removes traffic off the A628 (T) corridor. This would include re-routing heavy lorries onto the motorway network (M1/M62/M60/M6/A50) around the Peak District, greater travel choices for local journeys with improved bus and rail services, slower speeds along the whole route and improved walking and cycling facilities. Together these would free up road space for through traffic, reduce congestion, and improve air quality and safety. They also offer substantial advantages over road building as they are inexpensive, could be applied immediately while being tested for their efficacy. If they failed to be effective, other measures could then be considered.