Cut your speed, drivers warned

ACTION is being taken over residents’ road safety concerns in Bramley Lane, Hipperholme.

Police and Calderdale Council have agreed that further measures need to be introduced to slow down motorists who use the busy road – often as a rat-run to avoid Hipperholme crossroads – and have decided to gather further data about the volume and the speed of traffic.

Residents close to the problem road felt something needed to be done about the levels of speed and raised their concerns at a recent Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum.

Results from Calderdale Council’s speed indication device, which show some drivers speeding up to 47mph, also support the need for action to be taken.

The results revealed that the average speed of motorists is between 30 and 32mph and there is an increase in the volume of traffic around early morning and late afternoon.

Resident Roy Head felt they got their point across. “We managed to get the council to accept there was a problem and they came up with the plan to install black strips across the road which effectively slow down drivers.

“A number of residents spoke in favour of getting something done and the positive thing to come out it was that agreement was reached to look at this issue further. A full report will be reported back to the next meeting.”

His cause was supported by Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) who highlighted the need for some action to be taken.

“Once we have the data we will be discussing the various options with highway engineers. Proposals discussed at the meeting were to create 20mph zones similar to ones in Copley and Hebden Bridge.

“Others included the chicane or humps. Another measure which I feel is very effective is painting the speed limit in red on the road. There was also a suggestion to install the speed indication device similar to the one at Hove Edge.

“We need to find out the speed of the traffic then we will be in an appropriate position to arrange a meeting with to discuss what other action can be taken.”