Demand for action at nightmare junction

Residents gather at the crossroads in the heart of Bailiff Bridge to campaign for a new pelican crossing claiming pedestrians are dicing with death when trying to cross the roads
Residents gather at the crossroads in the heart of Bailiff Bridge to campaign for a new pelican crossing claiming pedestrians are dicing with death when trying to cross the roads

BAILIFF Bridge crossroads have been branded a “nightmare” by a road safety watchdog.

Chairwoman of Brighouse Road Safety Committee, Ann Rutherford, said she fully supported residents’ demands for safety measures.

“People take their lives in their hands down there. Something has to be done. That junction is a nightmare.

“It is an area I have not used often but I can see where the residents are coming from. Someone is going to get killed down there.”

Hundreds of residents are backing a campaign calling for a pedestrian signal control at each section of the traffic lights in a bid to improve the daily nightmare faced by people trying to cross.

The villagers claim that people trying to cross Bradford Road, Birkby Lane and Wakefield Road crossroads are “dicing with death”.

Vice-chair Pat Oates said: “There have been no improvements to these crossroads yet there are so many new houses and people in the area. It is a hard junction. I think some of those 106 agreements should have been included when the houses were being built.”

Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe) is supporting the residents and will be handing in a petition which already contains hundreds of signatures to Calderdale Council Cabinet on April 25.

“There has been a lot of discussion with the residents. There has already been a serious accident at the crossroads so it is very much a concern. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable because of the speed of vehicles going through. It is extremely dangerous,” he said.

Mrs Rutherford said the zebra crossing, further up Bradford Road,) was now in entirely the wrong place.

A council spokesman said a recent estimate to provide full signal control and remove the existing pedestrian crossing was in excess of £200,000. Discussions are underway for a more sustainable improvement at the junction.