Highways England have now started the six week statutory consultation on the upgrade to the A628 trunk road corridor. This includes a dual carriageway bypass of Mottram village from M67 junction 4 to a new roundabout on Mottram Moor; and a new A57(T) to A57 link single carriageway from a roundabout on Mottram Moor to a new junction on A57 near Woolley Bridge.
As with previous informal consultations there is very little evidence accompanying this application. A full application will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate by the end of the year for a Development Consent Order.
However, it is clear that the proposed scheme would only bypass Mottram cross-roads and do little to relieve the traffic conditions through Tintwistle, Hollingworth and up Mottram Moor until the roundabout is reached.
Traffic flows would increase through these villages and on roads across the Peak District National Park, including the A57 Snake Pass (one of the highest risk roads for crashes in the county). The impact on Langsett at the east end of the A628 is ignored.
Congestion in Glossop which is already severe would worsen leading to air and noise pollution, and increased risk of flooding.
This current proposal is an attempt to force the next step of a motorway by stealth across the Pennines – a major upgrade with a short tunnel under the most challenging terrain within the Park is being explored now by Transport for the North. The longer road tunnel with a dual carriageway which would have gone under the National Park has been abandoned.
If you would like to comment on the bypass of Mottram and its new link with the A57 beside the River Etherow you can find details here: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a57a628-trans-pennine-programme/