Following the publication of the updated interim report of the Trans-Pennine tunnel strategic study, High Peak MP Andrew Bingham said:

"I welcome the work that Highways England are doing to look at the possibility of a Trans-Pennine tunnel. It is good that they are moving forward with this, although I am slightly concerned that one of the five short-listed options does not start at the end of the M67, and I will make my views on this known.

"However, this longer-term tunnel project should not deflect attention away from the urgent need for action now, rather than in 15 or 20 years’ time. I am pleased, though, to have assurances that the tunnel project is completely separate from the relief road project which has been committed to, and will not affect it at all.

"The real priority at the moment is to get the relief road built as soon as possible, and I have already written to the new Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, to urge him to quicken the timetable for it as much as possible."

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