MP Jonathan Reynolds has promised residents he will continue to press for a comprehensive and speedy solution to the unacceptable levels of traffic congestion in Longdendale.
Since the collapse of the public inquiry, there has been no clear agreement on how best to ease the traffic problems that gridlock Mottram, Hollingworth and Tintwistle.
In recent months Stalybridge and Hyde MP Mr Reynolds – working in conjunction with High Peak MP Andrew Bingham - has brought together a broad range of organisations to develop a solution.
The new working group brings together representatives from Tameside High Peak, Derbyshire and Barnsley councils, in addition to the Department for Transport, the Highways Agency and the Peak District National Park.
And as the group continues to meet, Mr Reynolds has contacted local residents to update them on the on-going work.
Mr Reynolds said: “In bringing together the working party we are hoping to develop a solution that has strong support locally and further afield.
“I was a strong supporter of the previous plan for a bypass and, while there is not likely to be a budget available for such a large scale project in the near future, I do belief local people need and deserve a comprehensive solution to the problem. “Furthermore I also believe that residents have suffered from unacceptable levels of gridlock for too long and that the solution needs to be implemented quickly.
“Having lived in Holllingworth and in Mottram – and represented the area as a councillor before being elected to Parliament – I understand how important this issue is.
“I recognise there is some frustration around this issue, but – now more than ever – we have to keep up the effort and I am determined to do exactly that.”
The group has already commissioned research into the economic benefits of investing in traffic solutions and has met with Transport Minister Stephen Hammond, who has asked his officials to look into the case we have made so far.
The full text of the letter that Jonathan Reynolds has sent to residents can be read by clicking on the pdf icon here. In the letter Mr Reynolds also informs residents that although the Highways Agency had considered selling the properties they hold in the Mottram area – purchased over the years as a means of protecting the route of the bypass – they no longer intend to do so.
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Published 5 April, 2013.