The A57/A628 links Manchester with Sheffield. There is a known traffic blackspot where the route passes through the villages of Mottram, Hollingworth and Tintwistle. A bypass for these villages has been under consideration since the 1980s. I worked on the proposed northern bypass route, which was the preferred option as of late 2003, and was taken to inquiry in 2007. Unfortunately, the inquiry was adjourned and the scheme later withdrawn owing to problems with the traffic modelling on which much of the environmental assessment hinged. At the time of writing (11th April 2012), the scheme remains withdrawn due to lack of funding.
I produced documents for the draft Orders in 2006, including:
- Appropriate Assessment report investigating the effects of potential air quality changes on vegetation within the South Pennine Moors SAC
- Extended Phase 1 habitat survey of proposed bypass and wider study area corridor – all the way from the M60 to the M1 via both the A628 and A616 routes, approximately 64km in total
- NVC survey of proposed bypass
- Ecological impact assessment: vegetation
- Ecological impact assessment: fungi
I also participated in bat and great crested newt surveys of the proposed bypass.