Press release

Temporary traffic lights at Tintwistle removed ahead of schedule

Temporary traffic lights which have been in place along the A628 at Tintwistle have been removed 3 months ahead of plan.

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Contractors for Highways England have been undertaking essential work to strengthen an old retaining wall on the A628 at Cockerhill that required one lane to be closed next to the wall.

Work started in October and the traffic lights, which were in place along Woodhead Road for around 100 metres, were put in as a safety precaution.

The traffic lights were due to be removed in early June but contractors have been able to bring forward key elements of the strengthening work so they could be removed ahead of schedule on Friday 4 March.

Highways England project manager Steven Wright said:

We know the temporary traffic lights were having an impact on drivers and we’ve been working hard so we can get the lights removed as soon as possible.

We’ve been working closely with our contractors to bring forward key elements of the scheme, resulting in work to drill new supporting posts starting much sooner than originally anticipated.

It’s down to the hard work and cooperation of our contractor, Interserve, that we are now in a position to remove the temporary traffic lights while we continue with work to finish the retaining wall.

Removal of the lights will benefit drivers who use the route regularly as well as those travelling over the Easter holidays.

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Published 8 March 2016