What are the alternatives?
The Save Swallow's Wood campaign supports the Way to Go initiative
put forward by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which is
pressing Councillors, MPs, and the Peak District National Park to reject
the bypass scheme and consider instead a number of measure designed
to alleviate the traffic problems and generally improve local transport
without causing damage to the environment.
Translink proposal to reopen the Woodhead Tunnel to freight, providing access from a terminal just off the M1 (Sheffield), through the Longdendale Valley and Glossop, and on to Hattersley. With the tunnel reopened, there is no reason why this route could not also be opened to passenger trains, providing local people with a much needed public transport link into West Yorkshire. For Hattersley, there would the opportunity for regeneration and industry growth.
This solution would:
Impose Weight Limits on the A628 Route
This solution would force HGVs coming from Sheffield and the M1 to travel to Manchester via the existing M1/M62 motorway network, for which it was intended. Removing HGVs from the A628 would drastically improve the lives of all residents of the villagers on that route and would make way for a realistic assessment of the impacts of local traffic and development of suitable local level initiatives, without the need for causing permanent, irreparable damage to our valley.
Improve Safety and Speed Restrictions on the A628
Safety is an issue through the villages and through the Park. This
route is dangerous in winter and there are many accidents caused by
poor weather, too much speed, dangerous overtaking, and the winding
nature of the road. Strict speed limits and speed cameras at strategic
points would greatly improve safety for drivers and residents. A good
example of where a speed camera is badly needed is at Millbrook, where
lorries and drivers use the road as a rollercoaster and accelerate out
of Tintwistle and Hollingworth, making it unsafe for pedestrians along
the entire route into Tintwistle.
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