In an exclusive interview with the Reporter and Chronicle, Lord Tom Pendry has pledged the battle will go on.
He told us: “The need for a bypass (through Tintwistle, Hollingworth and Mottram) is greater than ever. The full article can be read in the Tameside Reporter or on their website.
Also on the same subject and in another local paper, this time the Tameside Advertiser there is a letter by a Mr Carl Burbidge. The letter can be read by clicking the image above.
And just for good measure I have included a BBC News article about the recently opened Ashton bypass. It appears the traders are non too happy about it as it has a devastating impact on local businesses. Would this also be the case for the businesses in Tintwistle and Hollingworth should the Mottram bypass ever be built?
For what it is worth I must state here and now that I am 100% opposed to the Mottram bypass, but in the interests of fairness I will post the pro-bypass items as I have been requested to do so by a Tintwistle resident.
In my opinion the proposed bypass would be environmental destruction on a colossal scale plus, as already stated by people in the comments section of this blog site; the bypass would not benefit the economy of Tameside and it would lead to a massive increase of through traffic, mainly HGV's which would lead to yet more unnecessary and unwanted pollution.
Carl Burbidge in his letter to The Advertiser talks of charging a toll fee to help pay for the construction of the bypass. This fancy-full idea may sound good to those who are desperate to have this bypass built but the reality of the situation is most people, other than a small minority of people with vested interests, do not want this bypass regardless of how it is financed. The best solution to ease the congestion in the Tintwistle/Hollingworth/Mottram area would be a ban on HGV's using the A628 and the re-opening of the Woodhead rail route linking Manchester and Sheffield. There was an excellent proposal put forward a few years back which would have been ideal, but sadly it come to nothing.