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Reaction to Highways Agency's decision on Mottram Tintwistle Bypass public inquiry

24 March 2009
Campaign for Better Transport today welcomed the news [1] that the Highways Agency is to pull out of the A57/A628 Mottram-Tintwistle bypass public inquiry [2].

Roads and climate campaigner Richard George said:

"This is fantastic news for the hundreds of local people who have been fighting against this scheme, and a welcome dose of common sense from the Highways Agency. National Parks are places of exceptional natural beauty, not convenient places to put a mini-motorway.

"The Highways Agency has had 18 months to make the case for the road; that they have finally admitted defeat should send a clear signal that there is neither the need nor the political will for the scheme. Surely the only sensible solution would be to abandon it altogether and concentrate on tackling the very real problems of lorries by banning HGVs from the national park [3]."


Notes for editors

1. http://nds.coi.gov.uk/Content/Detail.asp?ReleaseID=396374&NewsAreaID=2

2. The A57/628 Mottram Tintwistle bypass is a £315 million scheme promoted by the Highways Agency.

The public inquiry started in June 2007. It has so far sat for 15 days before being indefinitely suspended by the planning inspector because of errors in the Highways Agency’s traffic modelling.

The scheme has so far cost at least £15,000,000:

3. A survey by campaign group Save Swallow’s Wood found 70% of respondents supported a lorry ban through the national park.