Plea to fix damaged road

Brookfoot Lane, Brighouse
Brookfoot Lane, Brighouse

Safety campaigners are calling for action on a steep road that is breaking up and causing hazardous conditions for lorries and buses.

Brighouse Road Safety Committee discussed the problems of the road surface on Brookfoot Lane, Brighouse, and ward councillors attending the meeting in February were informed that the road surface is breaking up.

Chairman Ann Rutherford said: “Heavy goods vehicles using the lane have difficulty in maintaining traction whilst ascending and descending the lane and this is a matter for concern for Marshalls plc.

“Buses using the lane have to travel away from the trees and wing mirrors have been damaged as a result of overhanging trees.

“A request was made at a recent cabinet meeting for the lane to be examined. However, the officer who was requested to examine the lane has been allocated work on the forthcoming Tour de Yorkshire.”

Committee member Pat Oates raised the issue at Calderdale Council’s Cabinet meeting in December and said then: “After a meeting with Marshalls they expressed deep concerns with regard to the road surface as wagons are having problems with the traction and they stated that they are worried that there could be a serious accident.

“They do their utmost to keep the road clean but because of the greasy surface there is a fear of a wagon unable to go forward could possibly slide back.

“They, like us, are extremely concerned that sooner rather than later there will be a serious accident.

“I have lived at the top of Brookfoot Hill more than 60 years and it is the worst condition I have ever seen.”

She also told cabinet members that motorists are complaining to the Brighouse Road Safety Committee that they are experiencing problems with wheel spin on the corner of the road by Neptune Cottages because of the greasy surface.

Responding to the concerns, Cabinet Member for Economy Coun Peter Caffrey said: “As advised in responses to previous questions, resurfacing of the lower section of Brookfoot Lane has been included in the Highway Capital Maintenance Programme for 2014/15 and is scheduled to be completed during the current financial year.

“Cutting back of the overhanging vegetation from council land will be undertaken at the time of the resurfacing work.”