Jonathan Reynolds MP

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

MP highlights continuing need for bypass

Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds has joined forces with High Peak MP Andrew Bingham to highlight the continuing need for a bypass through Longdendale.

The MPs brought together a number of key agencies – including The Highways Agency, the Department for Transport, Tameside Council, Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council and the Peak national Park – to discuss the need for a bypass at a specially-convened meeting.

They considered a range of issues related to the bypass plans, considered the current state of play and any potential opportunities in the future.

The Highways Agency heard there was widespread agreement from all the local organisations that the need for a bypass was still considered a priority for Tameside and for Glossop.

Following the meeting, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: "Residents in Longdendale have been forced to put up with unacceptable levels of traffic and congestion for too long. And I remain determined that a solution should be found as quickly as possible.

"This meeting was an important opportunity for campaigners to raise their concerns with officials from the Highways Agency and the Department for Transport – sending a strong message that the need for a solution is as necessary and as urgent as ever.

"Now we will continue to work together to ensure that the case for a bypass is beyond doubt – both in terms of the impact it will have on traffic flows, residents and the economy.

"It’s important that we present the best case possible to ensure that investment is made here – rather than elsewhere.

"There will be no shortcut to securing this solution – but I am convinced that by working together we will have the best chance of ensuring the bypass in the near future."

Despite any political differences Labour MP Jonathan and Conservative MP Andrew are working together to press the case for a bypass together.

Following the latest meeting Andrew Bingham said: "I was greatly encouraged by the general agreement around the table about the need for the bypass.

"The fact that all these organisations came together for the first time in several years, if ever, was heartening in itself, and the positive attitude that was evident gives me hope that we can make some real progress at last.

"As a group we have agreed a way forward and whilst I understand the frustrations of local people that yet again there are talks and more talks without the bypass being built, both Jonathan Reynolds and I, as new MPs, are determined and united on pushing this forward the best way we can.

"We have to acknowledge that the bypass will not happen overnight, and indeed as the minister told us last May, the funding will not be there for some time. We want to be ready and agreed as and when the funding announced by the Chancellor becomes available.

"I would love to be able to announce the commencement of work but I have always said I would do the best I could to deliver the bypass, and not artificially raise hopes and expectations for easy headlines. It will be difficult and there may be setbacks, but last weeks’ meeting provided an encouraging start."


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