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MP meets Roads Minister to seek bypass assurances

Ruth George has been given assurances from the Roads Minister that work on the Mottram Bypass and Glossop Spur will begin in two years time.

High Peak’s MP is promising to keep the pressure on to make sure that the start date – September 2020 – is not put back. Ruth is stressing she will keep on fighting to get the full bypass.

She met Roads Minister Jesse Norman to press the case for an extension to ease Tintwistle’s traffic problems.

It was the latest in a long line of talks between a succession of High Peak MPs and Roads Ministers aimed at getting a solution to Glossopdale and Longdendale’s ever growing traffic problems.

Speaking after the meeting, Ruth said: “Jonathan Reynolds MP (Stalybridge and Hyde) and I had a very useful meeting with the  minister to  discuss progress on the Mottram bypass.

“We stressed that the new roads need to accommodate the bypass for Tintwistle and Hollingworth as proposed by Transport for the North, who I will be meeting soon.

“It is a very slow process as everyone knows, but I’m making sure it stays at the top of the political agenda until it actually happens.”

She added: “Highways England is doing three months of air quality monitoring at the moment and will be launching the final round of consultation shortly.

“Then looking to submit the planning application by very early next year. This process takes 18 months and work is now scheduled to start in September 2020.”

Highways England meanwhile has just announced safety improvements on the A628 as part of a multi-million pound investment.

Project manager Chris Dunn said: “As part of these vital improvements we will be carrying out sections of resurfacing work between the A616 Flouch roundabout and A57 Gun Inn junction.

“This includes putting down sections of anti-skid resurfacing which will improve safety for drivers.”

Work will be carried out overnight between Monday and Thursday with clearly signed diversions in place.

Next year work is due to start east of Woodhead Reservoir to stabilise the embankment and prevent the risk of land slips that cause disruption on the A628.

Further information on the proposals will be announced nearer the time.

MAIN PICTURE: Roads Minister Jesse Norman meets MPs Ruth George and Jonathan Reynolds to discuss the Mottram bypass.