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National Park saved from a damaging road

26 February 2009
The Campaign for Better Transport today welcomes the news that the A57/A628 Mottram-Tintwistle Bypass has been rejected for funding and therefore cannot be built until at least 2016.

The road scheme, which had been plagued by substantial cost escalations, would have gone through the Peak District National Park and parts of the North West. But council leaders in the North West have now decided not to fund the road.

Roads and Climate Campaigner Richard George said,

“This controversial bypass was the stuff of nightmares and it’s great that council leaders have kicked it into the long grass. National Parks are supposed to be places of great natural beauty, not convenient places to build a dual carriageway. Local people fought tooth and nail to save the National Park and stop this road from being built. For them, this is more than just a stay of execution; it’s the beginning of the end for a terrible road that never should have been suggested in the first place.”

“People now need real solutions for the traffic problems in the area, especially heavy lorries rumbling past people’s front doors. Traffic controls, lorry bans and reopening the Woodhead rail line should all be considered and could all be delivered before 2016.”

Notes to Editors
The A57 / A628 Mottram-Tintwistle Bypass was originally to cost £90 million in 2003; by 2008 this had risen to £315 million.

The scheme was to have been funded as part of the ‘Regional Funding Advice’, where each region submits a package of transport schemes to the Government. It has been rejected because of cost, which would have taken the region’s package of schemes £200 million over budget. A meeting of council leaders on 20 February chose to reject the bypass until 2016/17.