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Safety stepped up on Tintwistle road
Monday 4th December 2017 @ 16:07 by Adam Higgins
News Tintwistle Transport

A Highways England project to improve safety and improve traffic flow to the Woodhead Pass has got off the ground in Tintwistle. 

Work has begun on widening part of the A628 Manchester Road at the junction of West Drive on the outskirts of the village.

It also involves a crossing refuge for pedestrians and re-locating the bus shelter.

Borough and parish councillor Pat Jenner said: “The work may need temporary traffic lights and some work overnight.”

Temporary lights have been in operation at various stages of the work during the night in order to ensure minimum disruption. A reduced speed limit and lane restrictions have also been in use. The work is expected to be completed by December 15.

Meanwhile, a lorry skidded and crashed down a steep embankment on the Woodhead Pass last Thursday.

The Woodhead Pass was shut for several hours to bring in specialists to lift the HGV which was left on its side after ploughing through barriers in icy conditions in the early hours of Thursday. It’s not thought the driver was injured.

Further improvements, both at the junction and further along the A628, include skid resistant surfaces and reflective road markings, crawler lanes for lorries on the pass and vehicle activated speed signs.

The West Drive junction is currently closed to allow the major work to go ahead.

Speaking at the latest parish council meeting, Cllr Jenner felt the traffic scheme ‘would not help Tintwistle one bit’.

His fears were echoed by council chairman Cllr Bill Clarke, who told the meeting: “I am afraid it could make traffic coming faster through the village.”

Councillors are still disappointed that the Mottram Bypass will not take in their village or Hollingworth and they maintain that the answer to both villages’ problems is a complete Longdendale bypass.

Work on the relief road and the Glossop Spur is due to start in 2020, but a date has been set for commencement of the plan to take traffic away from Hollingworth and Tintwistle.

Councillors fear it could be a long way off and that Tintwistle’s traffic worries will get worse.

 

By David Jones