Have your say on Mottram bypass residents urged

With the consultation on plans for the Mottram bypass closing on March 25 there’s still time for residents to make their voice heard about how traffic affects their lives.

That’s the message from Longdendale councillors Janet Cooper, Gill Peet and Chris Buglass.

They say the current bypass proposal is not the end of the story, just the first step.

Transport for the North which are a new body with statutory powers to lead on transport strategy in the North of England.

They are building a strong business case, to be published at the end of 2018, to win approval for a Hollingworth-Tintwistle bypass and tunnel through Woodhead, as well as rail improvements between Manchester and Sheffield to take vehicles off local roads.

The councillors are working with local MPs Jonathan Reynolds and Ruth George to lobby for an extension to the Mottram bypass as they believe this is the only way to deal with the problem of the amount of traffic heading along the A628 to Woodhead.

There is an anticipated second phase of Trans-Pennine investment available for tackling the traffic problem in Hollingworth and Tintwistle. The Mottram bypass is part of phase 1.

In a joint statement the councillors say: “The extension needs phase 1. Transport for the North’s case is based on the Mottram bypass going ahead.

“Moreover, Transport for the North believe that the business case for a Hollingworth-Tintwistle bypass is likely to be stronger once the Mottram Bypass is built – for a start, half of the road will already have been built!”

Even so, the councillors highlight a number of direct benefits from the existing plans for Hollingworth and Tintwistle residents, including reduced journey times due to reduced congestion at the bypassed Mottram Junction and Gun Inn junction.

Taking Glossop traffic away from the Gun Inn junction should result in fewer queues on Market Street and this alongside less traffic on Woolley Lane should also reduce air pollution for many Hollingworth residents.

The councillors and MPs are encouraging residents to take part in the Highways England consultation to support the Mottram bypass and demand a Hollingworth-Tintwistle extension.

Cllr Janet Cooper, said: “If the whole of Longdendale says with one voice ‘we support the bypass’ and explains how traffic blights our lives – whether it’s air pollution, noise, increased journey times or safety – then that’s how we finally get the bypass built”.

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds, says: “The responses to the consultation are important: If people who want a bypass don’t take part because they’ve replied to consultations before then it’s less likely that the bypass will go ahead.”

High Peak MP Ruth George said: “This is one of the most important road projects for our area so it is vitally important that everyone gets a chance to have their say on the details in these proposals.

“I urge all residents to make sure that they have their say. But many people were not able to attend the Glossop consultation event due to the heavy snow on the day so I have written to Highways England asking for a new date as soon as possible.”

To send in your response  before March 25 visit:

https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/trans-pennine-upgrade/

MAIN PICTRE: Cllr Janet Cooper – all residents supporting the bypass ‘with one voice’ can make a difference.