A new ‘Northern Corridor’ has been proposed to help ease congestion in Greater Manchester. The proposal from the Department of Transport outlines changes to the M60, M61 and M62 motorways.
The Manchester North-West Quadrant Study states that traffic travelling between Merseyside and Yorkshire, and Cheshire and Lancashire, often results in major traffic delays, when met with rush hour traffic around Manchester City Centre.
As a result, three options for improvement have been proposed estimated to cost between £5 - £7 billion pounds each. Options include a new link road from the M6 Orrell junction to the M61 Westhoughton Junction. Traffic would travel south on the M61 to junction 2, then onto another road link between the M61 and the M62, connecting onto the M62 east of the M60 at junction 18.
Also proposed is a new orbital road outside of the existing M60 motorway, linking the M62 at junction 12, and the M61 and M62 at junction 18. The final option outlines a programme of improvement to help enhance the ‘capacity, performance and resilience’ of the M60 motorway, that will help separate local and longer distance traffic through junction improvements and the widening of the existing motorway.
A Department for Transport spokesman said: “We don’t have any firm details at this point on dates and costs — the report is just a guide at this point. The costs are speculative and are very unlikely to be that high in reality.”