Traffic Problems for the South Pennines

The A628/A616 is one of the main trunk routes linking the M1 with the North West; the only other principle means of bringing goods across the Pennines being the heavily congested M62. Traffic on the A628/A616 has built up over the years to almost breaking point. It is a very dangerous, winding and mostly single carriageway route with many steep inclines. Indeed, it is fifth on the list of the worst accident black spots in the UK, with 20 people having been killed in the last five years.

As commercial traffic has increased following the completion of the M60 Manchester Orbital, the quality of life in the villages of Hollingworth, Mottram and Tintwistle has deteriorated. Heavy lorries are a permanent feature and so is the attendant noise and diesel fumes.

There has long been talk of building a bypass around the villages of Hollingworth, Mottram and Tintwistle to ease congestion and improve road safety. However:-

  • A bypass would create more of the same.
  • Accidents mostly occur on the dangerous A628 Woodhead pass and A616T, rarely in the villages.
  • The traffic through the villages of Hollingworth and Tintwistle accounts for less than 30% of the total that reaches Mottram Moor.
  • Glossop traffic is the real problem, contributing 65% of the volume.
  • Would cost £100 million of tax payers money with no return

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