It’s been a big week for the future of our local transport links as GM Mayor Andy Burnham unveiled his 10 year transport plan. There is some great news for our patch:
- Metrolink trams may be extended to Stalybridge following my campaign, bringing jobs, footfall and regeneration
- The Mottram bypass will happen within the next 5 years, starting soon, and not before time
- The Hollingworth and Tintwistle bypass could take place within 10 years “if still necessary”- I will continue to push for this as I’m sure it will be
- The TransPennine Tunnel study to improve journey times to Sheffield and the M1 in all weathers will go ahead- I’m really grateful agencies are giving this idea I’ve long supported some serious thought
- Creating a double entrance to Hattersley Station for cars, bikes and pedestrians, an essential piece of infrastructure to support the new Godley Green village- you’ll remember I’ve always said I only support this development if we get the infrastructure right, and this is a good start
- A positive looking Vision for Buses in response to our Better For Buses campaign, using franchising and partnerships to achieve better integration, better ticketing and better customer experience
- New cycle and pedestrian routes including around key motorway bridges
- A TransPenine Rail Upgrade – long overdue, I’m sure we can all agree
Transport and infrastructure are so crucial to our local economy I have always made them a priority in my meetings and lobbying on behalf of constituents. Decent road, rail, tram and cycle connections would invigorate our economy and make Tameside a more pleasant place to live, no longer a congestion blackspot. I’m delighted to have secured these commitments.
All eyes are now on their delivery, and I will continue to keep up the pressure.