Press Release  

Local campaigners protest outside the Peak District National Park Headquarters over their support for the bypass

Not for publication before 00.01hrs Friday Oct 14th

On Friday 14th October, the Peak District National Park Authority members were greeted by local campaigners who are urging them to reconsider their support for the A628 bypass and support instead an HGV ban.

A preliminary study into the potential for an HGV ban has been commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. The study, compiled by independent transport professions MRTU (the Metroplitan Transport Research Unit, concluded that the HGV ban would bring significant benefits to justify the costs, even without taking into consideration the special characteristics of the National Park Landscape.

A spokesperson from the Save Swallow's Wood campaign, said:

"It is madness that the Peak District National Park Authority are supporting road building through one of the most sensitive areas of the National Park. New roads always lead to more traffic, and this road will be no exception. With the CPRE proposal on the table, the PDNPA should be standing up to local councils and backing further study of the HGV ban. There is wide ranging local support for an HGV ban. Everyone knows that after a road is built, there is no going back."

For more information, contact: Emma Lawrence, 0845 226 3392.

Photo opportunity: 9.15am, Friday 14th October, Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell.

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