Ruth George MP gives cautious welcome for bypass plans

High Peak MP Ruth George has welcomed news that the long awaited Mottram Moor bypass has finally been given a start date.

“While I am pleased that we do now have a start date for the Mottram Moor bypass, I am disappointed that it is not until spring 2020, following a further consultation and technical work.  Together with my colleague Jonathan Reynolds MP for Stalybridge & Hyde, I will press for the work to be started – and completed – as soon as possible.

“I am also concerned about the impact on residents in Tintwistle as this scheme just moves the problem down the road. I have already met the Secretary of State to ask him to look at this as a matter of urgency and to impress on him the need to bring forward plans for the full dual carriageway to Sheffield as soon as possible.”

Ruth said she would continue to press for relief for Tintwistle when the consultation opens next year and urged residents to make their views known too.

A decision on the climbing lanes to ease congestion on the A628 has been put back until a report on the whole trans-Pennine route upgrade, expected later this year.

Ruth has also contacted Derbyshire County Council to arrange a meeting between traffic officers, Tintwistle Road Users Group and local residents to look at alleviating traffic problems in the area which are likely to increase while the roadworks are taking place.

“I am particularly worried about the narrow, local roads being used as rat-runs.  This already happening now so I had requested a meeting to put together a package of measures to stop this happening.  The announcement of the bypass work makes this even more urgent as traffic problems will only increase while the work is being carried out,” she said.

“I am working with Transport for the North on the Manchester to Sheffield Trans Pennine route; we need a practical, long term solution that can be delivered as soon as possible, both to improve connectivity, and also to protect communities like Tintwistle.”

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