Hours lost in traffic queues

RTA police investigate scene where pedestrian knocked down outside Godley Lane Services, Godley Lane, Stump Cross, Halifax
RTA police investigate scene where pedestrian knocked down outside Godley Lane Services, Godley Lane, Stump Cross, Halifax

COMMUTERS have faced severe delays this week after several accidents brought the town to a standstill.

Traffic came to a crawl throughout Brighouse during the morning rush-hour due to a two lane closure on the eastbound carriageway on the M62 on Monday.

And again on Wednesday morning after Godley Lane, Halifax, was closed following an accident at 5.30am.

Experts reckon that hundreds of working hours have been lost while commuters have had to endure traffic queue misery.

Commuters were delayed for up to three hours because of the congestion between junction 25 Brighouse and junction 26 Chain Bar which was restricted to one lane on Monday.

There was queues of traffic reported through Rastrick and the Ludenscheid Link was brought to a complete standstill with tailbacks as far as Elland.

But the Highways Agency, who manage the motorway network, said the delay was caused by a crash on Sunday night which prevented finishing the planned roadworks until 8.40am on Monday.

The roadworks are part of a £150m scheme to provide a fourth lane between Brighouse and Chain Bar on the hard shoulder. The area is a traffic jam blackspot and it is hoped the project, called the Managed Motorway Scheme, will ease the problem when it is completed at the end of October 2013.

A police spokeswoman said police were called to a collision between a Nissan Micra and a Hyundai on the eastbound carriageway at junction 26 Chain Bar on Sunday.

The road was closed for three hours to allow the scene to be investigated. It delayed the roadworks completion and was further hampered by a broken down vehicle.

It is thought the problems throughout the Brighouse area could have been heightened by roadworks on minor routes.

A Highways Agency spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the congestion on the M62 on Monday, and although this was due to events outside our control, we would like to apologise for the inconvenience and disruption this caused for motorists.”

She said the accident delayed the completion of scheduled overnight work - and meant that to ensure the safety of drivers and roadworkers, the agency was unable to fully re-open the carriageway until around 8.40am - later than anticipated.

Efforts to get traffic moving were hampered by a broken down vehicle between J24 and J25, which was quickly removed.

The Hipperholme area was brought to a halt on Wednesday morning following an accident at Stump Cross.

A 35-year-old man was hit by a car near the petrol station on Godley Lane and taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary with head injuries.

Traffic was also affected coming through Southowram and up through Queensbury as motorists tried to find alternative routes. The road was reopened at 10am.

Congestion was noted along the A629 Calderdale Way in both directions in Elland at the A6025 Halifax Road junction.

Reports of slow traffic added to the situation on the M62 eastbound between junction 24 Ainley Top and junction 25 Brighouse because of a broken down vehicle. This incident seemed to have a major affect on the Rastrick area as commuters faced delays along all roads in and out of Brighouse.