Jonathan Reynolds MP

Representing the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield
labour and coop candidate jonathan reynolds

Campaigners Highlight Need for Bypass to MPs

MPs Jonathan Reynolds and Andrew Bingham have met with campaigners to discuss the need for a bypass through Longdendale, after Transport Minister Norman Baker agreed to visit the area.

Thousands of commuters pass through Mottram and Hollingworth every day, making the stretch of the A57 one of the busiest ‘A' roads in the country.

But plans for a bypass through the area stalled after the Highways Agency pulled out of a public enquiry. And they were dealt a further blow in November last year, when the government left the project off a list of approved road-building projects.

However, in December the need for the bypass was raised in Parliament. And Transport Minister Norman Baker has now agreed to visit the area himself.

MPs Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde, Lab) and Andrew Bingham (High Peak, Cons) hope the visit will highlight the urgent need for a bypass.

And they have met with members of the Longdendale Siege Committee to discuss their on-going campaign in advance of the Minister's visit.

Following the meeting, Mr Reynolds said: "Residents in Longdendale have been forced to put up with excessive levels of traffic for too long.

"The roads through Hollingworth and Mottram were not built to cope with such high levels of traffic.

"And that means commuters routinely face lengthy journeys, while residents are forced to put up with levels of noise, dust and pollution that are unacceptable.

"Finding a solution to this problem is a clear priority for me. And I was extremely disappointed that the Department for Transport left Longdendale off their list of approved road-building projects.

"But I am encouraged that the Transport Minister has now agreed to come and see the impact traffic has on the area for himself. And I hope that once he has witnessed the scale of the problem he will accept that greater priority needs to be given to this scheme.

"Andrew Bingham and I agree that the current situation cannot be allowed to continue. And we are determined to work together for the residents of Glossop, Hollingworth and Mottram."

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham said: "It was good to meet with the committee again, so that I could update them on everything I've been doing to bring the need for a bypass to the attention of ministers.

"I've said before that I won't let the matter rest. I will keep up the pressure in London, and do everything I can to help the Bypass Committee here."

Longdendale Seige Committee Chairman Mike Flynn said: "We were very pleased with the interest shown by both Andrew and Jonathan, and I was impressed by Andrew's speech in the parliamentary debate.

"We're pleased that there is cross party support, and the enthusiasm that both Andrew and Jonathan have shown is very refreshing. I hope that we can co-operate in future on further actions."

Committee member Dave Moore added: "The meeting went very well. It was good to get the two MPs together for what was a very productive meeting, and we're looking forward to the Ministerial visit.

"We recognise that it's going to be a long haul, but we hope to be able to progress things as the finance becomes available."

Anyone who wishes to contact Mr Reynolds about this issue can do so by email at jonathan.reynolds.mp@parliament.uk or by writing to him at Jonathan Reynolds MP, The Constituency Office, Hyde Town Hall, Market Street, Hyde, SK14 1AL. Photo shows (from left): Dave Moore (Committee Member), Andrew Bingham MP, Jonathan Reynolds MP, Pat Jenner (Tintwistle Parish Councillor), Mike Flynn (Committee Chairman), Brian Butler (Committee Vice Chairman).


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