HIGH Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds have vowed to work together to highlight the need for a solution to the traffic problems in Longdendale and Glossop.
The A57 – running between Glossop and the end of the M67 motorway in Mottram – is one of the busiest ‘A’ roads in the country.
But the road was not built or intended to cope with this volume of traffic. And, as a result, motorists and residents can be plagued by lengthy tailbacks.
Residents in the neighbouring constituencies of High Peak and Stalybridge and Hyde have been promised a solution for more than 30 years.
And now Conservative MP Andrew Bingham (High Peak) and Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) have agreed to join forces to find a solution to the problem.
Mr Bingham said: "Everyone knows that there is little money available at the moment, but what Jonathan and I have agreed is that we will try and lift the issue up the agenda so that when money does become available it is at or near the front of the queue of priorities.
"My constituents in Glossop and Tintwistle suffer greatly from the traffic problems and I believe it is also hampering the local economy in the town too."
Mr Reynolds - who has invited Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to see the traffic congestion in the area - said: "This road was not built to cope with so much traffic – and as a result the area is heavily congested. The excessive traffic means residents who live alongside it have to put up with poor air quality, noise and dust.
"Residents and motorists have been promised an answer to this problem for years. And I hope that by working together Andrew and I will be able to ensure the residents in both our constituencies finally benefit from a solution to this unacceptable problem."
Published June 18, 2010.