Photograph of M60
Photograph of M60

As you may know, Highways England has been commissioned by the Department of Transport to progress the Manchester North West Quadrant scheme, which will consider ways of alleviating congestion between Junctions 8 to 18 of the M60 motorway.

One of the potential proposals was for a new road to branch out from the M61 at the Kearsley Spur and reconnect with the M62 after Junction 18 at Simister Island.

Although this ‘Kearsley bypass’ was only in the ideas stage, and had not been given the go-ahead by Highways England, there was a great deal of concern from Kearsley residents about the possibility of this plan being put into practice.  This included concerns about increased traffic flow, air and noise pollution, environmental damage, and lowering house prices.

In light of these concerns, I hosted a public meeting at Kearsley Mount Methodist Church on Friday 25 January 2019, where representatives from Highways England were on hand to provide information and answer questions on the project:

I am pleased to hear that the idea of a Kearsley bypass has now been scrapped and I am sure that many Kearsley residents are breathing a sigh of relief.

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