A Campaign for Better Roads
Postponed - We Have Been Let Down Again (July 2006)
The residents of Glossop, Hadfield, Padfield
and surrounding areas
have suffered years of misery as a result of the poor road infrastructure.
Enough is Enough! We Want Action, NOT Promises.
Fill in the petition
If you want to support this campaign please fill in
the petition form.
What is this campaign trying to achieve?
1) To ensure that the Glossop Spur Road and A57/A628 Bypass are
open by 2006/2007 (timetable originally promised!).
2) To obtain a commitment for the better management of road works
affecting the residents of Glossop, Hadfield and Padfield.
3) To make these election issues.
What is at stake?
1) Our quality of life and an end to the misery of traffic congestion
in the area.
2) The rebuilding of the local economy.
The decisions on whether to approve the A57/A628 Bypass and Glossop
Spur Road was made in 2003. If we do not make sure
our elected members are aware of the strong feeling within the community
for these roads to be built, then we will once again be let down
and the project will be shelved.
Enough is Enough!
We have to make it clear to our elected members that this is an important
issue for the residents of the area and that we want to see these
roads built. It is apparent that there is a feeling of resignation
and apathy regarding the traffic problems in the area, however we
can make things change, but we must do so as a community.
Issues and background
How many times have you been stuck in a traffic jam in Glossop, whether
in a car, bus or taxi? We have all suffered too much misery, delays
and frustration as a result of poor road access to the area. Why does
this happen and what are the causes?
Poor road access into Glossop
Originally a horse and cart track, Woolley Lane (A57) is the primary
route into Glossop. We have all experienced the frustration as traffic
from Hadfield and Glossop meet in an attempt to leave the area during
the day. This bottleneck has been the source of misery for many years.
This is why the Glossop Spur road is needed. A map showing the proposed
route for the Glossop Spur Road is available on the Highways
Agency web site.
Woolley Lane controlled by Tameside
Woolley Lane, probably the most important access road in the area,
is under the control of a neighbouring council. Tameside are not accountable
to the residents of Glossop, so what incentive is there for Tameside
to minimise disruption when they are planning road works? It is very
easy for High Peak Council and Derbyshire County Council to claim
that 'Tameside are responsible' when things go wrong (and they do
go wrong as we are all aware), but we don't have any voting rights
in Tameside. If Woolley Lane was under High Peak Council control I
wonder whether we would have seen better managed road works in the
past? We need a commitment from our Council that they will take greater
responsibility for managing road works in the area e.g. ensure that
disruption is minimised (road works could be scheduled during school
holidays and outside peak periods rather than the heart of winter!).
Increase in population
The Council has continued to grant planning permission for new
houses in the area. Their argument is that 'people need houses.' This
would be acceptable if it were residents of the area that were buying
these houses but this is not the case. The houses being built are
often too expensive for local residents, but very attractive to people
in the surrounding Manchester and Cheshire areas where property prices
have escalated. Glossop is becoming an attractive alternative. This
has led to an increase in the local population and compounded the
We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and
tourism should be a major industry yet potential visitors stay away
from the area because of the traffic problems.
Stagnation of the economy
The economy of Glossop has suffered for many years because of a lack
of investment. A major factor is the poor transport infrastructure
in the area. As a result of this many local residents have to commute
and find employment in areas such as Manchester, thus providing an
additional burden to the transport system. This will not change unless
road access is improved.
How many times have we seen traffic gridlock in the area? If there
was an accident or major incident (Glossop has several industrial
sites) that requires the transportation of a Glossop resident/worker
to an emergency hospital department, or access by fire/police vehicles,
how would these services be able to rapidly access the area?
Make our roads an election issue
The only way we will succeed is if we make it clear how strongly
we feel about the these issues.
How can you
make a difference?
If you want something done about the traffic congestion in Glossop
then you can help by doing the following:
1) Fill in the petition form. You can do this over
the Internet using an online form. If you do not have access at home
then use either the Library or Adult Education Centre. Paper copies
of the petition form are available from local shops, look for posters
advertising the campaign. Simply fill it the petition form and return
it to the Glossop Chronicle Office.
2) Write to Derbyshire County Council (they are responsible for new
road schemes and road works) and Tom Levitt, our local MP. When a
resident recently contacted Tom Levitt about the recent road works
and congestion in Glossop his response was ' To date, you are the
only person who has brought these matters to my attention.' If only
one person in Glossop is prepared to raise these issues then we will
never get an improvement. Contact Derbyshire County Council and Tom
Levitt now if you want to support the campaign for better roads in
the area, the addresses to use are below. Either
state your views or simply state: "I support the GlossopSpur.com Campaign
for better roads. I want to see the Glossop Spur Road and A57/A628
Bypass open by 2006/2007 and a commitment for the better management
of road works affecting the area."
3) Let your friends, family and neighbours know about the campaign
and get them to fill in the petition form. If they do not have Internet
access you can download and print them a copy of this page or just
the petition form
(pdf format). Please send/deliver completed paper copies of the
petition form to the Glossop Chronicle Office.
4) Print out a copy of the campaign poster (available as a Word or
and distribute it so that as many of the residents of the area find
out about the campaign. You might want to ask your local pubs and
shops if they are willing to display it. There is also a poster which
you can use in your car
5) If you are a local business and would like to help support this
campaign please contact us. We will supply you with a poster (which
can be downloaded here as a pdf or Word file)
and a few copies of the petition form
(available here as a pdf file). We would ask you to place the
poster in your shop window and to provide copies of the petition form
to local residents who do not have access to the Internet. It would
also be useful if you could print out a copy of this web page and
display it within your shop so that residents can get the full background
of the campaign. If you can help we will place an acknowledgement
to your business on this web page.
If you have problems downloading pdf files you may need the latest
version of Acrobat Reader
Support from Tom Levitt MP
Tom Levitt, Labour Member for High Peak, and James Purnell, Labour
Member for Stalybridge and Hyde strongly support the building of these
roads, but they need our support as they campaign on our behalf. It
is important that you fill in the petition form.
Below is a statement from Tom Levitt MP
I moved to the High Peak in 1991, already aware that the roads situation
in the north of the constituency was leading to frustration, pollution,
stagnation and dissatisfaction in an area far beyond Tintwistle and
the route itself, one of the most heavily used in the country. The
then Conservative government had the road in its programme and I campaigned
for its implementation in the 1992 general election.
I lost and they won. And what happened then? A £22Bn roads programme
evaporated and in 1994 the A57/A628 bypass was cancelled.
In 1997, still committed to the road improvement, and standing alongside
Derbyshire, High Peak and Tameside local authorities and the Peak
National Park, I campaigned again for the road. Following the Labour
victory, the road was reinstated to the longer term programme in 1999.
Building a road on this scale is not straightforward and it has to
be justified every step of the way. Because of the time since the
cancellation, the process has had to start again from scratch. The
formal initial consultation is now over and in a letter to me in January,
the Highways Agency spoke confidently of being able to announce that
the next step was about to start in the near future, hopefully this
spring. The money for the Glossop spur part of the project, which
is almost entirely within Tameside rather than High Peak, is already
Even if a public enquiry is required, the campaign's aim of seeing
the road in place by 2006/7 should be readily achievable. Those who
object to it locally are few but they are vocal; if an enquiry takes
place they will be boosted by others from outside the area. We need
to be prepared to argue our case.
This Government takes a very sensible view that you do not always
solve problems by throwing concrete at them. New roads must be justified
on environmental, social and economic grounds. I know that the Tintwistle
Mottram bypass will survive the deepest scrutiny. I don't support
every idea or campaign for new roads. I opposed the so-called Yellow
Route for the A6 around New Mills in the mid-90s, for example. However,
in this case I know that for the safety of people in Tintwistle, the
economy of the whole of Glossopdale and the environment which we all
share, this road is essential. I know that James Purnell, whose Stalybridge
and Hyde constituency includes Mottram and Hollingworth agrees. And
ministers are in no doubt of the strength of feeling of local people
and their elected representatives.
Who are we and
how do you contact us?
This campaign was initiated by Dr. Tony D'Emanuele, a resident of
Glossop. He can be contacted at contact@GlossopSpur.com
Do you want
to help with the campaign?
Please contact us at contact@GlossopSpur.com.
If you have been involved in other campaigns for road improvements
in the area, please let us know.
Useful sources of information
The Highways Agency produce a leaflet showing details of the bypass
route plus other information on the progress of the Bypass Scheme,
the latest copy is available on the Internet: Highways
Agency A57/A628 Mottram - Tintwistle Bypass
The campaign group for the Mottram-Tintwistle Bypass have their own
web site: Campaign group
for Mottram - Tintwistle Bypass
High Peak Council Web Site - http://www.highpeak.gov.uk/
Tameside Council Web Site - http://www.tameside.gov.uk/
Environmental Services Department
Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire DE4 3AG
20 Hardwick Street
Derbyshire SK17 6DH
Derbyshire SK13 7DQ
Tel: 01457 852616
Adult Education Centre
Derbyshire SK13 7DG
18 High St West
Derbyshire SK13 8BH
Tel: 01457 852669
Please let us know if you have any other useful links.
Latest news and feedback from our elected members
We will publish latest news and information relevant to the campaign
on a separate web page. We will also be publishing the latest campaign
statistics on this page. If you have filled in the petition and sent
us your e-mail we will also send you any updates via e-mail. We also
invite our elected representatives to contribute to this section.
Click here for GlossopSpur.com
Campaign news page.
The GlossopSpur.com campaign has received support from a number of
local individuals and businesses including:
Dr. A. D'Emanuele, The Glossop Chronicle, Glossop Carpet Centre, Riverside
Inn (Woolley Lane), Bridge Stores and News, Old
Glossop Residents Association.
1) The Glossop Spur Road and A57/A628 Bypass built by 2008.
2) A commitment for the better management of road works affecting
the residents of Glossop, Hadfield and Padfield.
Please complete as many sections as possible, questions marked
with * must be filled in.
As well as completing this petition please make sure you contact
our Member of Parliament and Derbyshire County Council. Contact
All information collected during this campaign will only be used
in conjunction with the GlossopSpur.com campaign. It may be passed
onto our MP or Council.