Highways England have chosen the so-called “Northern Loop” option for improving Simister Island, which connects the M60, M62 and M66.
This means they propose to build a flyover and loop to create continuous lanes on the clockwise M60. The M60 between Prestwich and Whitefield will be widened to 10 lanes (plus more at the junctions), by converting the hard shoulder.
The scheme application will be made to the Planning Inspectorate, who will examine the application in public hearings and then make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who will decide whether or not the project will go ahead (target date for decision summer 2023).
Our view remains that this is not the right plan for our area and we will continue to oppose the plans through the planning hearings . The solution to congestion cannot always be to build bigger and wider roads:
- Highways England admit in their own consultation that this scheme will not reduce air pollution.
- The scheme will cost £340 million. Imagine how much that could achieve if it was spent on improving public transport and the local area.
- Ten lane running between Prestwich and Whitefield is too much for this tightly packed residential area with houses (and four schools) so close to the motorway.
More information from Highways England here.