Press Release  
   

Response to the Highways Agency’s Announcement Regarding the A628 Bypass

6th June 2006

Save Swallow’s Wood are delighted that the Highways Agency has received such significant numbers of objections to the scheme and are pleased that this means the Public Inquiry has to be postponed. Whilst the number of objections received is of great interest to us, the fact that the Countryside Agency, English Nature, the Peak District National Park, the National Trust are amongst those who have lodged substantial objections is testament to the amount of damage that the Highways Agency themselves predict to occur.

It is time that the Highways Agency and Tameside Council take the advice of the Countryside Agency and revisit the proposals. Alternatives to the bypass must be examined and tested. We want a win-win solution that will fix the local transport problem to make the lives of local residents easier, without creating a worse situation and shifting it elsewhere, as this scheme is forecast to.

Contact: Emma Lawrence (01457 765672) or Pat Ellison (01457 855820) for more information.
Notes for Editors:
[1] Save Swallow's Wood and Alternative Proposals for Transport are two local campaign groups against the Mottram-Tintwsitle bypass. Both groups support alternatives, such as a Park-wide weight restriction, road user charging, and rail-freight via Woodhead. See www.saveswallowswood.org.uk for more information.