Research released yesterday by the Liberal Democrats 
shows that Tameside is the worst offending local authority when it comes
to reducing road traffic and improving public transport. Their research
shows that the number of vehicles on the road in Tameside has increased
by 36% since the Labour Government came to power in 1997. If the A57/A628
bypass is built, a further increase of 37% vehicles per day is predicted
on the A57/A628 route alone . With no foreseeable
improvement to local bus or rail services, all hopes are pinned on a bypass
that will only increase congestion on our roads. The record of Tameside
on public transport is not set improve anytime soon.
Emma Lawrence for the Save Swallow's Wood campaign, based in Hollingworth
"This report shows just how dedicated the borough of Tameside is
to road building and emphasises their shoddy efforts to look into alternatives.
The Metrolink will be a great boon to Tameside, but this does nothing
to address the failed public transport services operating South of Ashton,
around Mottram, Hollingworth, and Stalybridge. It is madness that the
council is backing the A57/A628 and Glossop Spur when these will only
increase traffic chaos on our roads."
Transport is the fastest source of greenhouse gases, and traffic growth
must be tamed urgently. Instead Tameside Council are supporting devastating
road schemes like the the Mottram-Tintwistle Bypass which will go through
Swallows Wood and part of the Peak Park, and bring more traffic and pollution
to the area. If we are serious about tackling climate change we must stop
road building and invest in the alternatives to encourage less traffic.
For more information, contact: Emma Lawrence Tel: 0845 226 3392
Notes for Editors:
Dem press release, 18/7/05.
 11,900 vehicles currently use the A57/A628
on a daily basis. If the A57/A628 bypass is built, 20,000 vehicles are
expected to use the route each day by 2023, compared to 12,600 without
the bypass. See Hansard, 26 May 2005: Column 165W available online at
 Every year traffic grows 2%. Traffic is forecast
to increase by 40% by 2025 - DfT Future of Transport White Paper 2004.
Transport contributes over a quarter of emissions, with road transport
representing 80% of those emissions. It is the only sector that is rising,
and so is the most urgent area to tackle - DfT Future of Transport White
Paper 2004, http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_about/documents/divisionhomepage/031259.hcsp.