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Until 2026, the St Anne's Road bridge over the M67 will be closed along with the M67 junction 2 eastbound on-slip.

For the duration of the project, St Anne's Road will be reopened near the former Penny Farthing pub, as a diversion route. Pedestrians and cyclists will also be able to use Angel Street footbridge.

The existing bridge which carries St Anne’s Road over the M67 motorway requires extensive structural repairs due to its age and its outdated style of construction.

Not taking action to repair the bridge risks the safety of road users in the future.

National Highways have determined that the best solution is to replace the bridge completely. This is quicker, safer, and more practical than repairing it. Replacing the bridge will mean short-term disruption to residents but it will bring long-term benefits to the area and ensure the safety of road users for decades to come.

The construction of a new bridge will require St Anne’s Road bridge to be closed for approximately three years.

Demolition work on the bridge continues through September.

To safely complete that work, the M67 is now reduced to narrow lanes between junctions 1 and 2 eastbound, and between Junctions 3 and 1A westbound. A reduced speed limit of 50mph is also in effect and free vehicle recovery in operation.

In autumn, after the supporting walls have been modified to carry the new bridge, we will install two beams over the motorway to house a water main and temporary diversions for other utility services such as gas, telecoms and electric.

Following the beams’ installation, utility providers will return to make the connections required to divert their services.

To safely install the two beams, additional carriageway closures on the M67 between junctions 1A and 3 will be required later this year.

Once confirmed, we will publicise closure dates in advance on this webpage.

National Highways are working closely with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver diversion routes that will limit disruption to local residents and businesses.

To help reduce the disruption, the disused section of St Anne’s Road near the former Penny Farthing pub will be reopened for the duration of the construction project and will act as a diversion route.

Pedestrians and cyclists will also be able to use Angel Street footbridge.