RELIEF ROAD - BACK ON THE AGENDA

November 9, 2010 1:37 PM
RELIEF ROAD - BACK ON THE AGENDA

RELIEF ROAD - BACK ON THE AGENDA

Following a series of top level meetings held over the last few days, Cheadle MP Mark Hunter has assured local residents that the battle to build the A555 Relief Road and relieve traffic pressures is far from a lost cause - despite reports to the contrary.

Lack of any specific mention of the scheme going ahead in the recent statement by the Secretary of State for Transport, had led many to assume the project was to be cancelled.

Since that announcement, Mr Hunter has had a private meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, spoken to the Transport Ministers and - just last Friday - secured a summit meeting at Stockport Town Hall which included the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, the Leader of Stockport Council, Cllr Dave Goddard, the Chief Executive of Stockport Council, Eammon Boylan, the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein, and the MP for Hazel Grove, Andrew Stunell.

Speaking after the meeting, Mark said:

"We are determined to leave no stone unturned as we fight to secure Government backing for this hugely important scheme. Local residents whose lives are currently blighted by huge volumes of traffic would expect nothing less.

"The long history of this Relief Road has been littered with set-backs, but we are determined that by acting together and working across the political spectrum we can finally get things moving.

"It may mean we have to take a realistic view of how much can be achieved in the short term, but we are working on plans which will - hopefully - secure a start on this long awaited project.

"Nobody can be in any doubt about just how important the A555 Relief Road is to local people and I will not rest until we have a commitment from Government that the next phase can go ahead."

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