This is an archived press release
Friday 15 December 2017
The Peak District is Britain’s Original National Park - designated in 1951 in recognition of the highest quality of its landscapes (its natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage) and its potential for recreation and education for all to enjoy. It is a national asset, providing huge benefits to the nation’s health and wellbeing.
In line with longstanding government policy, our view is that any new road inside the National Park should be supported only if there was a compelling national need which could not be met by other reasonable means.
Any development should enrich our landscapes and important wildlife habitats while enhancing the enjoyment of our visitors and the quality of life for our communities.
The Peak District National Park Authority’s preferred solution is a full tunnel programme. This ambitious scheme would have created a major strategic link beneath the Peak District National Park, improving connectivity between Greater Manchester and Sheffield City region without harming the National Park’s special qualities.
The Peak District National Park Authority is disappointed that the full tunnel programme is not recommended to be carried forward. In line with local and national policy the Peak District National Park Authority will only consider a short tunnel proposal if there is a compelling national need and the overall solution is an exemplar project which enhances the National Park. It must bring environmental benefits, improvements to visitors’ experience and understanding of the Peak District, and an improved quality of life for the communities within it.
We are committed to working with partners to develop a project which both benefits the National Park and improves connectivity.