STALYBRIDGE and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds highlighted the problems caused by excessive traffic to Transport Minister Norman Baker, during a visit to Longdendale this week.
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 the road wasn't built to cope with this level of traffic. And as a result it is often gridlocked - forcing commuters and residents to put up with unacceptable delays, noise and pollution.
A bypass was promised for more than 30 years. But plans stalled when the Highways Agency pulled out of a public enquiry. And they were dealt a further blow last year, when the government left the project off a list of approved road-building projects.
On Thursday Transport Minister Norman Baker visited the area to see the problems for himself, following invitations from Mr Reynolds and neighbouring High Peak MP Andrew Bingham.
And he talked to the MPs and campaigners about the impact that excessive traffic levels are having on the area.
Commenting on the visit, Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds said: "I am delighted that the Transport Minister has finally agreed to come and see the impact that excessive traffic has on this area.
"For more than 30 years residents in Mottram and Hollingworth have been plagued with excessive levels of traffic that have had a real impact on their lives.
"Residents tell me that they have to avoid making plans during rush hour, because it takes so long to make even a short journey. And they have to put up with unacceptable levels of noise and pollution.
"Of course the traffic levels in the middle of the day are much lower than during the busier morning and evening periods, when thousands of motorists commute to and from work.
"But I hope the visit today will give the Minister some understanding of the problems that traffic is causing residents and motorists.
"There is an urgent need for a solution to be found to this traffic problem. And I hope that as a result of his visit to the area the Minister will accept that greater priority needs to be given to it."
Published May 26, 2011