A628 bypass is never going to happen – get used to it
for immediate release
Of all the schemes coming under
scrutiny, 4NW considered delaying funding for three road schemes, of which
Mottram Tintwistle was one. In the end they decided Mottram Tintwistle
was the lowest priority scheme and deferred funding to make way for other
schemes that meet the transport needs of the region.
“Of all the schemes being proposed Mottram Tintwistle was the most expensive and the most environmentally damaging. This is the first time a sensible decision has been made relating to the bypass and is a real cause for optimism amongst campaigners, as it effectively kicks it into the long grass.
We asked our supporters to respond to the consultation on the funding decision , which they did. Over 100 responses were submitted and we would like to think this effort contributed to the decision.
The decision shows the region is way ahead of local politicians in understanding the transport needs of our villages. What we need is an integrated transport solution not a damaging and expensive road scheme. The next step is for local politicians to accept that the bypass is never going to happen and to turn their attention to low-cost low-carbon solutions that will benefit local people and the environment and be deliverable in the short term. We would ask them to show their support instead for lorry ban across the national park; a proposal that is popular with local residents , has the support of the Peak District National Park , and would bring immediate relief to the villages for a fraction of the cost.”
 See http://www.saveswallowswood.org.uk/RFA_2009.shtml. The campaign’s response to the consultation can also be downloaded from the website. See http://www.saveswallowswood.org.uk/resources/2009_01_SSW_Response_to_NW_RFA.pdf
 See Survey Reveals 70% Support a Lorry Ban: http://www.saveswallowswood.org.uk/news/2006-03-21.htm