A57 Link Roads
We're investigating ways to improve connectivity between Manchester and Sheffield.
The A57 Link Roads project was formerly known as the “Trans-Pennine Upgrade”, and is referred to as the “Mottram Moor Link Road and A57 Link Road project” in the Government’s second Roads Investment Strategy.
The A57 and A628 between Manchester and Sheffield currently suffer from heavy congestion, creating unreliable journeys. This restricts potential economic growth, as the delivery of goods to businesses is often delayed and the route is not ideal for commuters, which limits employment opportunities.
Much of this heavy traffic travels through local roads, which disrupts the lives of communities and makes it difficult and potentially unsafe for pedestrians to cross the roads. These issues will only get worse with time if significant improvements aren’t made.
The current scheme has evolved over more than 50 years as different ideas have been explored. In 2017, after a wide consultation about a number of different options, we announced a package of Trans-Pennine Upgrade work, to improve the existing route connecting the M67 at Mottram in Longdendale to the M1, north of Sheffield.
We held another consultation on the proposed package of upgrades in 2018, and have since split the work into two projects which are being delivered separately:
- Upgrades to the Westwood roundabout near Sheffield; packaged with technology improvements along the A628, A616 and A61, including electronic signs and improved closure gates
- Creation of two new link roads at the western end of the A57/A628 route, to provide a dual carriageway bypass around Mottram in Longdendale
The A57 Link Roads project will include the creation of two new link roads:
- Mottram Moor Link Road – a new dual carriageway from the M67 junction 4 roundabout to a new junction on the A57(T) at Mottram Moor
- A57 Link Road – a new single carriageway link from the A57(T) at Mottram Moor to a new junction on the A57 in Woolley Bridge.
We started construction on the Westwood roundabout and technology improvements in March 2020. However, as the A57 Link Roads scheme is classed as a ‘Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project’, to build it, we need to apply for a ‘Development Consent Order (DCO)’, which will be examined by the Planning Inspectorate and approved by the Secretary of State.
Our DCO video explains more about this process.
The scheme will:
- Reduce congestion and improve the reliability of people’s journeys - through Mottram in Longdendale and between Manchester and Sheffield
- Reduce noise levels and pollution for neighbouring properties - by reducing the amount of traffic from the existing A57 through Mottram in Longdendale
- Re-connect local communities and create better conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians - in Mottram in Longdendale
- Reduce delays and queues that impact the community - affecting residents, businesses and public transport in the area