New bid to ease crossroads pain

Hipperholme crossroads
Hipperholme crossroads

FURTHER delays are likely for motorists using Hipperholme crossroads at the end of the month.

Calderdale Council’s highways department has decided to implement the MOVA (Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation) system which will result in four-way lights while the construction takes place at off-peak times.

The MOVA system is being implemented in a bid to ultimately ease the traffic congestion at the busy junction. If any approach becomes overloaded,the system switches allowing the built up traffic to go through first.

Acting head of highways, Dave Tee, told residents at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum, that they were doing the best they could to minimise disruption and therefore the temporary lights would only be in operation during off-peak times.

“It will not take very long to do the work. We will start at the end of March and should have it finished in April,” he said.

He was unable to give an exact time scale as to how long the work would take.

But assured residents that data would be gathered before the system was put in place and after and brought back to the meeting in a couple of months, possibly in time for the meeting in June.

One fear was that the work could end up taking place at the same time as possible work on the bus layby in Halifax Road. But Mr Tee said he would make sure that this wasn’t the case.

It is hoped that the scheme will bring better information about traffic levels and problems at the crossroads.

During the meeting problems were also raised about the approach to the lights along Leeds Road. One resident said that motorist travelling along the road often found themselves caught between the two sets of lights where the road joins with Wakefield Road and if the lights were altered slightly this would ease some of the congestion along both roads.