Traffic issues in Tintwistle under the spotlight

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP speaks to High Peak MP Andrew Bingham about Tintwistle's traffic problems.
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP speaks to High Peak MP Andrew Bingham about Tintwistle's traffic problems.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP visited Tintwistle this week to learn more about the area’s traffic problems.

Tuesday’s visit was organised by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, who wanted the Secretary of State to get a better idea of problems that traffic causes not just for motorists but for local residents.

Mr McLoughlin said: “It is the routes and villages in particular along the A57 and the A628 which get the heaviest traffic, but that also has an effect on the rest of the area as well. So it’s not just those areas, although even on a damp morning like this you could see the amount of lorries that are using that particular road.”

The visit comes as the TransPennine Study into the traffic problems - and possible solutions - gets ready to report in time for the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in early December.

The Secretary of State added: “I think it is right that we have a look at the longer-term plan for the whole area. There would be huge consultation if a decision and a preferred route is brought forward and people will be asked for their views on that.”