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Councils revive 1960s plan for new motorway across the Peak District

Local authorities on both sides of the Peak District are pressing for the creation of a new motorway standard road to  connect Manchester’s M60/M67 with the M1 in South Yorkshire. The road could make use of the disused Woodhead rail tunnels.

The DfT is considering a request from the councils and two local MPs to fund a major study into creating a second strategic route across the Pennines, reviving an idea touted in the 1960s.

The plans for the study have emerged from the Mottram...

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18 Jul 2012

This is a stupid idea. It would destroy one of our most scenic landscapes as well as obliterating the Trans-Pennnine Trail, a popular walking and cycling route. The key to getting across the Pennines is better public transport, not destroying a National Park.