High Peak MP pledges to continue to press for Tintwistle bypass

Ruth George MP and neighbouring MP Jonathan MP Reynolds lobby Jon Cridland, Chief Executive of Transport for the North

High Peak MP Ruth George has welcomed Transport for the North’s (TfN) latest Strategic Transport Plan which includes an upgrade of the A628 and pledged to keep pressing for a bypass around Tintwistle as soon as possible.

The Strategic Plan is badged by TfN as a “£70 billion blueprint to transform the north’s economy.”

Responding to the report, Ruth said:

“I’m pleased to see that a version of the TransPennine Tunnel, improving road links between Manchester and Sheffield, is in the plan. I’ve been pressing for this long-term solution to Glossop’s traffic problems since I was elected.

“Traffic projections show that the Mottram bypass will increase traffic in Glossop unless we have a Tintwistle bypass and improve the A628 as well.  It’s an expensive project but necessary, so I’ve held many meetings with Transport for the North, the Roads Minister, Highways England, the Peak District National Park, the Mayors of Greater Manchester and Barnsley and our County and Borough Councils to push for it to happen.

“Highways England are extending their air pollution monitoring for another 3 months as they have so many concerns and are looking at schemes to ease congestion around Glossop, but long-term solutions are needed.

“Obviously the new route must be built sensitively, but tunnelling the current road across the moors will deliver both landscape and environmental benefits, and we can make a new road safer.

“Public Transport is important too, so I’m pressing for better trains, a new station at Gamesley and cycle routes to give people options to leave the car behind.  But we also need a road system fit for purpose, so I’ll leave no stone unturned to help make sure both bypasses happen.”

You can read the full plan here: https://transportforthenorth.com/onenorth/?fbclid=IwAR2Wa7I48GtJV0507O_Zth43OFGrWc6Y8kd8cBiSX3GOjSHB_Grlfm4TJSo