The Government have announced details of a feasibility study that will look at options for new road investment in the Trans-Pennine area.
The study could have big implications for residents in Mottram and Hollingworth, who have to live with the heavy congestion linked to the Trans-Pennine route.
The feasibility study was announced as part of the Chancellor’s Comprehensive Spending Review last summer, but up until now no further detail had been provided by the Government.
Part of the Government’s Action for Roads strategy, the study will look at congestion on the roads along the Trans-Pennine route (including the A57 and A628 in Mottram and Hollingworth) and try to identify potential solutions.
The Department from Transport has confirmed that work on the study will commence soon with a view to being completed towards the end of 2014 to coincide with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
Local MP, Jonathan Reynolds, a long time supporter of plans for a bypass in the Longdendale area, has welcomed the study as “a crucial first step” towards relieving the congestion in the area.
Mr Reynolds said:
“I have always said that any solution to the congestion in Longdendale would have to involve a new road that bypasses Mottram and Hollingworth.”
“When I became our MP in 2010 the Highways Agency had withdrawn their support for the proposed Mottram-Tintwistle bypass, and I knew that the primary focus had to be on getting them to accept that there was a need for significant investment in the area.”
“I believe that the case for new investment in the area is indisputable, but the challenge was always going to be getting the Government to buy into that.
“This is a crucial first step to getting Government to support the investment that we need, and I am very pleased that we have managed to prevent the issue falling off the agenda for another generation.”