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Groups’ plea for ‘full Longdendale bypass’
Friday 20th January 2017 @ 15:50 by Adam Higgins
Hyde News

Longdendale Siege Group and Tintwistle Parish Council say the only real answer to the area’s traffic problems is a bypass around the three villages.

Siege chairman Mike Flynn and Tintwistle parish and borough councillor Pat Jenner claim a Mottram relief road is a step forward.

But only if it comes with the proviso that it eventually continues around Hollingworth and Tintwistle.

READ MORE: Council ‘committed to complete Longdendale bypass’

Mike visted Tameside Council offices on Tuesday morning where he talked over bypass plans with Cllr Peter Robinson and a council highways officer.

“There are a number of options which were made public at a consultation in Hollingworth last year,” said Mike.

“Nothing has been decided and the decision will probably be with the Government or the Highways Agency.”

Two of the options involve the Mottram Relief Road coming out at different points of Mottram Moor.

Cllr Jenner’s hope is that it’s where the link over the fields skirting Hollingworth and Tintwistle can be added.

He said: “We want assurances. The Mottram relief road will do nothing for Tintwistle, heavy traffic will still come through.

“Some of the houses in the village are just feet from the main road.

“When our youth club did a survey here a few years ago they found a high level of pollution from traffic fumes in the village, it’s probably a lot worse now.”

Two weeks ago, County Councillor Dave Wilcox said he would oppose a Mottram only bypass unless it came with a promise of the larger version in years to come.

READ MORE: Stark warning over Longdendale bypass plans


By David Jones