Manchester North West Quadrant Project

Natalie Muir made this Freedom of Information request to National Highways Limited

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Dear Highways England Company Limited,

With regard to the Manchester North West Quadrant Project, the following proposals relating to the project appeared in two newspaper articles in the Bolton News of 29th November 2019 and 5th December 2019:

1. M60 Junction 14 remodelling
2. M60 Junction 12 and Junction 13 remodelling
3. M62 to A57 Link Road
4. M60 Junction 17 to Junction 18 capacity improvements
5. M60 Junction 12 to Junction 18 bypass
6. New link Road between M61 and M62 east of Junction 18
7. M60 Junction 9 to Junction 10 capacity improvements
8. New link (Wigan, Hindley, Westhoughton bypass) from M58 to M61

I'd be grateful if, for each, you could confirm whether these proposals are still due to be progressed and taken forward in the future or have been abandoned.

Yours faithfully,

Natalie Muir

Highways England, National Highways Limited

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Cliffe, Karen, National Highways Limited

Dear Natalie Muir

 

Thank you for your request for information regarding the status of
Manchester North West Quadrant Project proposals dated 22nd June 2020
which we have dealt with under the terms of the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.

 

The project began as a strategic study in 2014, as part of the
government’s first Roads Investment Strategy (RIS) and looked at
identifying options for large scale ‘transformational’ improvements as a
single project. Each option was made up of a number of improvements that
would have complimented a bypass between junctions 12 and 18 of the M60,
effectively the missing link in the M62.

 

We considered these options in detail over the last few months and
presented our findings to the Department for Transport.  The Government
confirmed in March, as part of the second Road Investment Strategy, that
the transformational options identified by the Manchester North West
Quadrant study would have adverse impacts on local people and communities
and overall would not offer good value for money.

 

Therefore, Highways England have been requested to extend the current
study and now focus on identifying and developing packages of smaller
schemes through RIS2 (2020-2025) and these may include some of the smaller
improvements identified to date as well as identifying new ones.  A bypass
between junctions 12 and 18 of the M60 will however not be considered any
further.

 

For clarity I have listed below whether improvements in the following
locations are still being considered within the MNWQ scope.

 

1. M60 Junction 14 remodelling – under consideration
2. M60 Junction 12 and Junction 13 remodelling – under consideration
3. M62 to A57 Link Road – under consideration
4. M60 Junction 17 to Junction 18 capacity improvements – No longer
required as part of the committed RIS2, M60 Simister Island project
5. M60 Junction 12 to Junction 18 bypass – Not in scope

6. New link Road between M61 and M62 east of Junction 18 – Not in scope as
part of the Northern Corridor option which was assessed by Highways
England in 2016-2017 and did not progress further.

7. M60 Junction 9 to Junction 10 capacity improvements – under
consideration
8. New link (Wigan, Hindley, Westhoughton bypass) from M58 to M61 – Not in
scope as part of the Northern Corridor option which was assessed by
Highways England in 2016-2017 and did not progress further.

 

The programme and scope for the development of the smaller interventions
is currently being finalised. Once this is completed we’ll update our
website with our next steps and any relevant milestone dates.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Karen Cliffe

Senior Project Manager | Manchester North West Quadrant (MNWQ)

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