Selfish drivers put lives at risk

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Hipperholme residents have raised concerns over the number of drivers who ignore road safety measures and put people’s lives at risk.

Residents on Brighouse Road complain that the number of cars which create an extra lane leading up to Hipperholme crossroads is causing serious problems for motorists on the opposite side of the road and pedestrians.

The area’s ward forum heard that ‘someone is going to be killed’ unless action is taken. Motorists are putting on their right hand indicators as they travel along the road some from as far back as Crosslee.

A central reservation has been installed further down Brighouse Road which has made a slight difference just before Crosslee from the Brighouse end.

Residents also said there was a problem with people going on the wrong side of the road in Wakefield Road too as they approach the crossroads. Some motorists are cutting up the inside of the traffic to join the lane at the crossroads to turn right up Denholmegate Road. But in doing so are going into the path of oncoming traffic.

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) said that the police were aware of the situation and that they had also carried out a number of initiatives to stop motorists from using Brookeville Avenue and Barfield Road on the opposite side as a short cut. The roads are residents only and motorists can be given tickets.

PC Nick Bamforth of the Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team said he would monitor the situation.

Highway officials have been to look at road safety improvements carried out at a busy junction.

Councillors are currently waiting for a report back from them in connection with the junction of St Giles Road and Wakefield Road. Residents are concerned that the improvements carried out by Persimmon Homes who are building 147 homes on land off Spout House Lane have made the situation worse.

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) said: “It does seem to work a little bit better now the white lines have been painted.”

They also met with officers after receiving complaints about cars parking too near to the junction of Upper Green Lane on Spout House Lane. They were looking at putting down double yellow lines to stop people parking on both sides of the road.

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) said shop owners were happy for something to be done.