June 2010: New MPs pledge to work together for bypass

Following their election a month earlier, High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds vowed to work together to highlight the need for a solution to the traffic problems in Longdendale and Glossop.

Andrew said: “Everyone knows that there is little money available at the moment, but what Jonathan and I have agreed is that we will try and lift the issue up the agenda so that when money does become available it is at or near the front of the queue of priorities.

“My constituents in Glossop and Tintwistle suffer greatly from the traffic problems and I believe it is also hampering the local economy in the town too.”

November 2010: Andrew asks question about traffic at Prime Minister’s Questions

Andrew Bingham MP was called to ask a question at PMQs, and used the opportunity to raise the traffic problems with the PM.

Afterwards, Andrew said: "I was pleased to get the opportunity to raise the issue with the Prime Minister in PMQs. He did say that there is money being spent on transport schemes, and I will keep pushing hard for a solution to our traffic issues to be one of them.”

“Rest assured I will not let this go, and I will continue to impress on the Secretary of State for Transport the urgent need for a solution.”

December 2010: Andrew secures Parliamentary debate about bypass

Andrew managed to secure a debate in the House of Commons about the bypass, which took place in late December 2010.

With the Transport Minister present, Andrew spoke passionately for 15 minutes, detailing the history of the plans for a bypass; highlighting the large amounts of traffic the road has to cope with; explaining the hugely detrimental effects the traffic has on residents and businesses in Glossop and the surrounding villages; and forcefully pressing home the need for a bypass to be built as soon as possible.

After the debate, Andrew said: “I was disappointed to hear that nothing can be done at the moment, but it was what I expected. I am pleased however that the Minister accepted my invitation to visit the area and see the situation for himself.

“I will keep on applying pressure and at least now the Prime Minister and the Transport Minister know all about our road problems.”

January 2011: Meeting with Longdendale Siege Committee

High Peak Conservative MP Andrew Bingham and Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds met with members of the Longdendale Siege Committee to discuss their efforts to secure a solution to the traffic problem.

Commenting afterwards, Andrew said, "It was good to meet with the committee again, so that I could update them on everything I’ve been doing to bring the need for a bypass to the attention of ministers. I’ve said before that I won’t let the matter rest. I will keep up the pressure in London, and do everything I can to help the Bypass Committee here.”

May 2011: Transport Minister visits Tintwistle

Andrew welcomed the Transport Minister, Norman Baker, to Tintwistle to see the traffic for himself.

Andrew said afterwards: “The Minister listened carefully to what local people had to say, and although he obviously couldn’t promise anything, he advised us that the best way forward is to for us to work together locally so that we have full proposals for a bypass ready for the next spending review."

2012: Meetings organised by Andrew to keep the issue on the radar

Meetings were held throughout 2012 to bring together MPs, local councils, agencies and other stakeholders, to discuss the issues surrounding the bypass.

Andrew said after the first meeting: “The fact that all these organisations came together for the first time in several years, if ever, was heartening in itself, and the positive attitude that was evident gives me hope that we can make some real progress at last.

“As a group we have agreed a way forward and whilst I understand the frustrations of local people that yet again there are talks and more talks without the bypass being built, both Jonathan Reynolds and I, as new MPs, are determined and united on pushing this forward the best way we can."

June 2013: Trans-Pennine Feasibility Study announced

After constant pressure from Andrew Bingham since he was elected, including a private meeting with the Chancellor at 11 Downing Street, a feasibility study was announced to consider problems and solutions on trans-Pennine routes between Manchester and Sheffield.

Andrew said at the time: “I’m pleased that Ministers have taken on board what I’ve been telling them – that there is a major problem here. The announcement of a study into trans-pennine routes shows that the Government is now taking seriously the traffic problems which not only badly affect the residents of Glossop and the wider area, but also stifle growth in the area.

“Obviously I would prefer the money for a bypass, but everything has to start somewhere, and this feasibility study is a real chance to put the case for a bypass. I hope that it will prove to the powers that be the overwhelming need for something to be done.”

January 2014: More details emerge about Trans-Pennine Study

More details of the scope of the Trans-Pennine Study emerged in January. It was announced that, as part of the Government’s Action for Roads strategy, the study would look at congestion on the roads along the Trans-Pennine route - including the A57 through Glossop and the A628 through Mottram, Hollingworth and Tintwistle - and try to identify potential solutions.

Andrew said at the time: "I want to assure Glossop motorists that, although it might sometimes seem like nothing much is happening, I am continually pushing the case down in Westminster. I will not rest until a bypass is built, and will continue to do everything I can to make a bypass happen."

February 2014: First Trans-Pennine Feasibility Study meeting

Andrew Bingham MP attended the first meeting of the Trans-Pennine study. He said:

"This study came about after pressure and a personal visit by me to No.11 to see the Chancellor. This was the first meeting and I wasn’t going to let it pass by without being there to make sure it would do what we need it to do.

"It meant missing a day in Westminster but after leaving the meeting I considered it a day very well spent. There was a good attendance of all the key stakeholders, indeed the officials were somewhat surprised at the level of interest."

August 2014: Study enters third and final phase

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds both attended the latest meeting of the Trans-Pennine Feasibility Study, and assured residents that the study was progressing. Andrew said:

"At the latest meeting I was pleased to see the work that has been done on looking at all possible solutions and testing them against various criteria, and that these solutions will now be tested in greater detail.

"Whilst I don't know what the final report will say, I remain hopeful that it will officially confirm what we all know - that there is a major problem here - and I am also hopeful that it will propose real solutions for the Government to look seriously at."

October 2014: Secretary of State for Transport visits Glossopdale

The Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, visited Glossopdale with local MP Andrew Bingham, who showed him first-hand where the traffic problems are.

At the time, Andrew said: “I’m very grateful to Patrick to coming here at such short notice. We as local people know the problems that the traffic causes here, but it’s hard for someone who doesn’t live in the area to get a proper idea of what it’s like without actually visiting, so I’m pleased that Patrick agreed to come and have a look for himself.

“Although the study hasn’t yet reported, I’ve been very impressed with the work that’s been done so far. The evidence it’s turned up at the moment is very much in line with what I expected it to be. It’ll report closer to the Autumn Statement and then we’ll see what happens and where it takes us.

December 2014: Announcement made about traffic solution

The Government commits £170m to a road scheme to relieve traffic around Mottram and Glossop, and will also consult on whether to extend the scheme to relieve pressure on Tintwistle too.

Andrew said: "I am delighted with the news and would like to thank the Chancellor for his announcement. This is key to the local economy for Glossop and the surrounding area. I have campaigned long and hard for this, and with the consultation on a further extension to help residents in Tintwistle it is a great day for the High Peak‎. After years of disappointments and false promises I am delighted that it is a Conservative Chancellor who has at last committed to solve this long running issue for my constituents."

Local MP Andrew Bingham has gained an assurance from the Prime Minister that a future Conservative Government would deliver the Glossop Spur road.

The assurance came after Andrew got the chance to ask a question at the last PMQs before Christmas. He asked the Prime Minister:

“The recent announcement about the building of the Glossop spur, and the consultation to extend the bypass around Tintwistle, has been widely welcomed across my constituency. There is, however, some scepticism about it actually happening, given that the previous Labour Government shelved their scheme in 2009. Will my right hon. Friend reassure me and my constituents that a future Conservative Government can be relied on to deliver that scheme?”

The Prime Minister replied:

“I can certainly give my hon. Friend that assurance. I know that he has campaigned tirelessly to improve roads in his High Peak constituency, and the trans-Pennine routes are vital. We can give that assurance because we have a long-term economic plan that is delivering the economic growth that we need and seeing our deficit come down. Because we have made that success, we can commit to these road schemes.”

Afterwards, Andrew said:

“I’m naturally very pleased that the Prime Minister gave such an unequivocal assurance that if elected in 2015, a Conservative Government would deliver this.

“I know that there has been some scepticism since the announcement about whether it will actually happen, and I can understand that, given that the previous Government formally cancelled their scheme in July 2009 and earlier schemes were also scrapped. However, I strongly believe that the Government have done everything they can – including committing the money – to assure people that a future Conservative Government will get it built.”

Andrew added:

“If I am still the MP after the General Election in May, I will continue to push hard to see it gets built as soon as possible, as well as fighting for the extension to Tintwistle so that residents of the village also see the benefit from this.

“I can assure all residents, both of Tintwistle and the rest of Glossopdale, that while I am delighted to have got the assurances we have, this is still work in progress to me. We need to engage all of the Glossopdale area with the consultation when it takes place, in order to get the extension. As long as I am the MP for the High Peak I will not rest until we see the road built.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has today given the go ahead for an initial scheme of at least £170 million to resolve the traffic issue through Mottram and to build a link road to Glossop. The Government will also consult on whether to extend the proposed scheme to relieve pressure on Tintwistle as well.

The road network at the east of Manchester has required further investment for a number of years. The town of Mottram suffers from high traffic levels, while the residents of Glossop are hampered by poor access to Manchester and the motorway network.

In addition to the works announced today, there will also be a study into the possibility of a tunnel under the Peak District to link Manchester with Sheffield. This could potentially cut a large amount off the distance between two of the most important cities of the north. It would also create a weather-proof route across the Pennines which would have a dramatic effect on the economy of the north while removing 10,000 vehicles a day from the Peak District national Park.

George Osborne said:

‘Better infrastructure in the North of England is a key plank of the Northern Powerhouse we Conservatives want to build. That is why today I am committing at least £170 million to address traffic issues through Mottram and build a brand new link road for the people of Glossop. These projects have been brought to my attention by the hard work of Andrew Bingham, the Conservative MP for the High Peak, who has championed the need for vital investment in the road network in his constituency. For years the road network east of Manchester has suffered from neglect, but with a strong Conservative voice for the area and a government that's fixing the economy, we are now able to commit to funding these improvements with the jobs and opportunities that will bring’.

Local MP Andrew Bingham said:

"I am delighted with the news and would like to thank the Chancellor for his announcement. This is key to the local economy for Glossop and the surrounding area and also the connectivity between the northern cities. I have campaigned long and hard for this, and with the consultation on a further extension to help residents in Tintwistle it is a great day for the High Peak‎. After years of disappointments and false promises I am delighted that it is a Conservative Chancellor who has at last committed to solve this long running issue for my constituents."

The work announced includes:

  • Building of the Mottram Moor link road. A new dual carriageway link road from the M67 terminal roundabout to a new junction north of the A57(T) at Mottram Moor and a new single-carriageway link from there to the A57(T) to bypass Mottram.
  • A57(T) to A57 link road. A new single carriage link from the A57(T) at Mottram Moor to a new junction on the A57 at Brookfield, bypassing the existing A628/A57 and A57 Woolley Lane/Hadfield Road junctions.

This investment is part of an ambitious £15 billion plan to increase the capacity and improve the condition of roads across the country.

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