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Bypass plans unveiled to public
Mottram roundabout
The bypass will remove 95% of traffic from Mottram, it is claimed
The public are being urged to put their views forward on controversial plans to build a 112.5m bypass linking Greater Manchester and Derbyshire.

The 3.5 mile (5.7km) road will run from the end of the M67 to Tintwistle.

The plans are aimed at cutting congestion through Hollingworth, Mottram and Tintwistle, but have met objections from some residents.

Exhibitions detailing the plans are going on display at a church in Hollingworth and a hotel in Sheffield.

The Highways Agency says that the current route carries 40,000 vehicles a day, including more than 4,000 lorries.

It claims that the bypass will remove 95% of traffic from Mottram, 80% from Tintwistle and almost a quarter from Hollingworth.

The first exhibition of the plans will be at St Mary's Church in Hollingworth from 15 to 18 February.

It will move to the Flouch Hotel, in Hazelhead, Sheffield on 1 March.

Campaign groups have been set up, both supporting and objecting to the bypass. Objectors says it will "ruin" the Peak District National Park.

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