FROM the moment I was elected as MP for Stalybridge and Hyde 10 years ago, I said I would make delivering the Mottram-Tintwistle bypass one of my top priorities.
Countless meetings, letters and parliamentary questions and debates later, I’m absolutely delighted to announce we are on the brink of construction beginning.
The new dual carriageway will run from the M67 roundabout, under Roe Cross Road, Old Road and Old Hall Lane through a new underpass. The road will then join Mottram Moor just below the junction with the A6018 (Back Moor). A new single carriageway road will link the A57 from Mottram Moor to Woolley Bridge (known locally as the ‘Glossop Spur’).
The unacceptable congestion levels through our villages will be markedly reduced, as will the journey time from Manchester to Sheffield. This will boost quality of life locally and could prove a significant economic stimulus. Currently, 25,000 vehicles and 2,000 HGVs chug through Mottram every single day.
There have been two welcome improvements to the plans since the last consultation: the underpass should now come out slightly further away from the properties on Old Hall Lane, and the proposed mini roundabout and access road linking the new Roe Cross Road has been removed.
Local traffic will use the existing roads, with regional traffic passing by.
The last round of consultation will commence in November for six weeks. Final plans will go to the Planning Inspectorate in April 2021. It is hoped diggers will be on site come October 2022, with the bypass scheduled to be open in March 2025.
So much of my constituency is affected by Mottram traffic levels. This is great news for the whole area – Tameside has been one big traffic jam for too long. I really believe it will be transformative for residents, businesses, drivers and pedestrians alike.
I would like to say an enormous thank you to Longdendale councillors Janet Cooper and Jacqueline Owen for their equally unyielding hard work to achieve this, as well as colleagues in Highways England, Tameside Council, and longstanding local campaign group the Longdendale Siege Committee. To my late friend David Moore, who passed away this spring and fought hard for this road, this news is for you.