STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has asked transport bosses to make sure the closure of the M67 is kept to a minimum, during maintenance work this month (November).
The Highways Agency has plans to carry out a programme of safety improvement work on the eastbound and westbound carriageways of the M67.
This work will include carriageway retexturing, safety improvements, motorway bridge repairs and resurfacing works. It is scheduled to continue until November 30.
Mr Reynolds has been informed that the work – between junctions 1 and 4 – will require some phased overnight closures; with different sections of the road being closed to motorists between the hours of 10pm and 5am.
The Stalybridge and Hyde MP recognises steps have been taken to keep disruption to a minimum.
However he has written to transport bosses to remind them just how busy the road is in morning rush hour and to ask them to ensure the re-opening is not delayed in the morning.
Mr Reynolds said: “Many thousands of commuters from Tameside, and beyond, rely on the M67 to get to and from work – and even on a good day the roads around Longdendale can be gridlocked with motorway-bound traffic.
“I recognise the steps the Highways Agency have taken to avoid disruption, by scheduling necessary road closures overnight.
“But this is an area that does already from significant levels of traffic, because the narrow roads were not built to cope with the extreme numbers of motorists they attract.
“Failure to reopen before the start of rush-hour would cause significant problems for commuters and those residents using local roads.
“So I have written to the Department of Transport to highlight this issue and to ask them to take every step they can to ensure that the overnight closures do not extend later than 6am.”
Mr Reynolds has been assured that during the closures traffic will be diverted onto clearly signposted diversion routes – and that advance warning of the works will be published in the local press.