DETERMINED MP Jonathan Reynolds has raised the need for a bypass through Longdendale - as part of a parliamentary exchange about satellite navigation systems.
The exchange - with Transport Minister Michael Penning - began after South Thanet MP Laura Sandys asked about the potential of satellite systems to steer haulage companies towards major routes.
She had raised the issue in the House of Commons after finding herself bumper to bumper with an articulated lorry on a small rural A road.
And Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds used the exchange as an opportunity to raise the need for a bypass in Longdendale.
He told the Minister: "Haulage companies that avoid the M62 by travelling between the M1 and Manchester via the Snake and Woodhead passes are one cause of severe congestion in the Longdendale area of my constituency.
"If the Minister cannot influence that through satellite navigation companies, will he bear in mind the need for some form of by pass in the Longdendale area?"
Thousands of commuters pass through the area every day, making the stretch of the A57 one of the busiest ‘A' roads in the country. 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.
Mr Reynolds has continued to push for a bypass since his election in May 2010. And he says he will continue to take whatever steps he can to ensure the need for a bypass in Longdendale.
"An exchange about satellite navigation systems may not be the most obvious place to raise the issue of the need for a bypass in Longdendale," said Mr Reynolds. "But I am determined to do everything I can to make sure the issue remains on the political agenda.
"The people of Longdendale have been let down. They have put up with excessive levels of noise and pollution for too long. And I will continue to raise this issue whenever I have the opportunity."
In December, Transport Minister Norman Baker agreed to visit the area himself after the need for a bypass was raised in Parliament.
Published March 22, 2011