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Why has road taken so long?

Concerned residents come out in anger after several speed related crashes on Halifax Road, Brighouse

Concerned residents come out in anger after several speed related crashes on Halifax Road, Brighouse

A ROAD safety watchdog is demanding to know why it has taken 50 years to get action on a Brighouse road.

Chairman of Brighouse Road Safety Committee Ann Rutherford said there was a piece in the Looking Back section of the Brighouse Echo from October 5, 1962 that called for road improvements to be made along Halifax Road. “Why has it been an on going subject for 50 years? It is about time Calderdale Council did something about it and get on with it.”

Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) said the road surface was being done and he expected it to be retextured as soon as the roadworks are completed. “The pedestrian island will be constructed on the opposite side to the One Stop shop too,” he told the committee.

“Once it is done we should be in a better position. This is only the start of it. We are looking at different methods such as speed cameras and flashing signs. It is a long process and will be drawn up over the next few years.”

Mrs Rutherford said they were also working with students from Brighouse High School to report back to them any problems they identify but that they were doubtful if the work would be carried out when the council hoped to.

Member Ernest Needham said the roadworks were causing some problems for motorists and queues were often developing.

Residents and ward councillors have been campaigning for work to be done along the stretch of road from Finkil Street to Granny Hall Lane after a series of non-injury accidents.

The road will be retextured at the same time as Brookfoot Lane, which has also been blightened by a series of accidents and heavy good vehicles getting stuck, according to Mrs Rutherford.

 

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