Plans to improve journey times between Sheffield and Manchester to be unveiled

The Woodhead Pass
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Plans to improve journey times between Sheffield and Manchester are to go on show at a public meeting.

Highways England’s Trans-Pennine Upgrade Programme to upgrade key roads between the two cities aims to improve journey times, tackle congestion and reduce crashes.

Details of the planned changes will go on display at Tankersley Welfare Hall between 1pm and 6pm on Thursday, October 13.

Project manager Irene Ofei said: “Thousands of drivers make the trip between Manchester and Sheffield every day and we are committed to improving their journeys to help support the region’s economy.

“We have developed a number of practical options to many of the current issues on the route, both for drivers and communities.

"We would welcome feedback from residents and from drivers who use the route before we develop proposals for a more detailed consultation next year.”

A consultation on more detailed plans is due to take place next year, with construction work expected to start by spring 2020.

Among the planned changes on the A57, A628 and A61 is adding an extra lane to create a dual carriageway on the A61 between the A616 roundabout and junction 36 of the M1 near Tankersley.

Other proposals include a new dual carriageway from the roundabout at the end of the M67 to a new junction on the A57 at Mottram Moor, bypassing the A57 Hyde Road, as well as the creation of overtaking lanes on the uphill A628 near Woodhead Bridge and Salters Brook Bridge.

The schemes are part of a £15 billion government investment in motorways and major A roads by 2021 which is being delivered by Highways England.