If you’ve ever traveled between Manchester and Sheffield, you’ve probably been stuck in it. Hollingworth.
Part of the traffic due to a bumpy junction on two main roads. Driving from one end of a beautiful village to the other can be a painful experience.
And for the residents who live there, the constant congestion affects the homes in which they live and the air they breathe.
Shaz Naz, who has lived in the village for 16 years, worked as a subpostma in Market Street until about then.
“Traffic has always been bad, but now it’s even worse,” said the 60-year-old.
“I’m worried about pollution because we have a school right next to the main road.
“The truck has shaken all the houses. Most of the houses on this road are cracking due to vibration. There are cracks on my walls.
“We need lorries but they are passing through a small village like this and the roads were not built for it.”
Market Street is a part of A628. The main road from Greater Manchester to Sheffield and M1, including the Woodhead Pass.
Domestic fronts stand about two meters away from heavy traffic, cars and lorries pass around the clock.
Charles Macy, 74, has lived in the area for more than 50 years.
“I’ve got a Tugli Glaze to voice and try,” he said. “When you pass lorries through the grid, they make a commotion. The smoke is terrible.
“Once upon a time, at 9 o’clock at night, it would be quiet and you would get a good night’s sleep, but now it’s all gone in the night.”
At the bottom of Market Street, just a yard from a primary school and nursery, is the junction for the A57 towards Glossup and Snake Pass.
Traffic often crawls in both directions, along Market Street to Manchester, or on the motorway to Sheffield.
Louis Quech, who has lived near the junction for six years, said: “If there is an accident anywhere on the motorway, it is a robbery.
“We can try to get rid of the lorries – they go around the corner of the junction and it’s not made for that.
“The windows shake when the truck passes.”
A resident, who did not want to be named, said the traffic situation was so bad that he considered leaving Hollingworth.
“Hollingworth is a forgotten village. They just don’t care about us here,” he said.
“They are building more and more houses in Glassup, putting more and more houses in the village and they are not putting the infrastructure first.
“I’ve been here for 21 years and we’ve forgotten about it. It’s soul-destroying.”
Steve Lester, 52, added: “It’s terrible – noise, pollution, everything.
“It’s gotten worse – and honestly it gets to the point where it can’t get any worse because it’s just a nosebleed.”
“Sometimes the doorbell will spin and vibrate. I actually made a vestibule to make noise.
“You see people shining a red light and that’s just because they’re sick of being stuck here.”
Greater Manchester leaders hope a better time will come on the horizon of Hollingworth’s slow roads.
Both A628 and A57 add Hollingworth and front door Motram to Greater Manchester’s clean air zone, effective May 30 next year.
In fact, neither road was included in the government’s plans, but both the Thameside Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority campaigned for their inclusion.
County Brenda Warrington, leader of Thameside Council, said: “This is an important step towards bringing NO2 levels on local roads to legal limits as soon as possible and improving air quality in the rest of Thameside and Greater Manchester, as well as in Langdale. Health and environmental benefits
“These roads have historically been the most polluted in Greater Manchester, and this is probably the most important step in improving public health in Long Dandel in decades.”
Meanwhile, work continues Bypass the long wait for the next door mataram, Which sees about 25,000 vehicles pass through the dense A57 every day.
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A double carriageway is proposed to overlook the village from M67 to Mataram Moore, while another link road will carry traffic from Wally Lane to Glossop and Snake Pass.
But under current plans, traffic to the M1 and Woodhead Pass will still travel through Hollingworth.
Hollingorth residents are frustrated with the plan as they stand – they have been labeled “helpless garbage” by Shaz.
Lewis, 48, said: “It looked pretty good when they actually bypassed, but now it’s only going to make a difference from the motor to the glossop. Nothing like that is going to help.
“I know we’re in a clean air zone, but I don’t think it will make much difference.”
Charles added: “They talk about bypassing Glossup, but it’s ridiculous – it’s Hollingworth and Tint Whistle who need a bypass.”
Address to Manchester Evening News In March, Longdendale Councilor Jacqueline Owen agreed that more work was needed to move heavy traffic from Hollingworth.
The Labor member said: “The second phase of the bypass in Hollingworth and Tint Whistle is what we really need to happen, otherwise what we are doing is changing the problem.
“But that’s a start – and if you don’t have part A, you can’t have part B.”
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