Moves to slow traffic on Ludenscheid Link

A ROAD safety pressure group has pledged to slow down traffic on the Ludenscheid Link, Brighouse.

Chairman of Brighouse Road Safety Committee, Ann Rutherford, said she was concerned about the amount of traffic exceeding the 30mph speed limit along the dual carriageway.

“We know you can’t put repeater signs up and Calderdale Council won’t put a reminder on the road saying 30 but something does need to be done,” she said. “If motorists are driving at 30mph on that section there are always cars that will pass them.”

PC Matt Catlow, of the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said one suggestion was to get the SiD - speed indication device - along the road, and find a convenient location to pull them over. Another suggestion was that he would ask his colleagues in road policing to have some kind of presence along the road.

He told the committee that since the reorganisation of roads policing back in April where the unit was centralised to Bradford a traffic car had been patrolling the area on a regularly basis.

“There is a traffic car over here every day actually doing traffic work so now is as good a time as any to ask for this to be done. Because of my experience - he has worked for six years as a roads policing officer - Inspector Mohammed Nawaz wants me taking the lead on road safety and traffic issues because that is my interest.”

Members told him that if repeater signs were not allowed to be put up because it means the limit cannot be enforced under the traffic regulation act why was there a repeater sign up at Toothill Bank.

“Allow me to go away and do a bit of work,” he said. “Let me go and ask the question why is it there and no where else.”

He said he wanted to try and educate drivers. “We have got a bit of a culture that it is always someone elses fault. But the speed limit is down to the driver and for them to be aware of what that limit is,” said PC Catlow. “I can assure you whether my answer is yes or no to the repeater signs I will get an answer or a reason why.”

Vice-chair Pat Oates said people from the area often think it is a 40mph limit because it is a dual carriageway and people needed reminding.

n SPEEDING along one of Brighouse’s main roads is still a cause for concern.

Chairman of Brighouse Road Safety Committee, Ann Rutherford, said they was getting more and more accidents along Halifax Road, and that there seemed to be more bollards knocked down and lights every week.

“It’s about time something was done,” she said. “A lot of people are held up at Hipperholme traffic lights so when they come to open space near to Crosslee they then put their foot down.”

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) said the speed activation sign was working outside the Dusty Miller pub and when it is activated he has seen people braking. “The police are also along the road with the motorbike doing the speed checks,” he said.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) informed members that plans to install a new pedestrian island along the road near to Granny Hall Lane have been approved and residents are being consulted before it will go ahead.

He added that a traffic order had been put in preventing people from loading and unloading in the area.