This is an archived press release
Wednesday 25 March 2009
25 March 2009
Authority welcomes withdrawal of proposed A628 bypass
Peak District National Park Authority leaders have welcomed the Highways Agency’s withdrawal from a public inquiry into a proposed Mottram-Tintwistle bypass on the A628.
The trans-Pennine route is already heavily-used by commercial traffic between Manchester and Sheffield, and the Authority feared that the Agency’s proposed bypass would channel even more lorries across some of the most sensitive wildlife sites in the national park.
Authority chair Narendra Bajaria said: “We are very pleased that the Highways Agency has withdrawn from the A628 bypass inquiry.
“We never supported the scheme as it stood because of its potential harm to the environment, wildlife, recreation and landscape of the national park.
“We look forward to working with all parties to find an alternative transport solution for the A628 corridor that will help relieve congestion in Mottram, Tintwistle and Hollingworth.”
The A628 (known as the Woodhead road) crosses internationally-important wildlife areas of the Dark Peak moorland, including a Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is also crossed by four national trails including the Pennine Way.
The Highways Agency’s decision came after the regional leaders’ forum, 4NW, decided not to include the £315million proposal in its spending plans up to 2016. Some £15million has already been spent on the scheme, including 15 days of a public inquiry that began in 2007 but was suspended after the Agency had to amend its traffic forecasts and environmental impact statements.
For more background, go to http://www.persona.uk.com/mottram/index.htm