Pressure group calls for action at blackspot

Paul Kenny and his daughter Lily at the spot where a car crashed into his garden wall in Halifax Road, Brighouse
Paul Kenny and his daughter Lily at the spot where a car crashed into his garden wall in Halifax Road, Brighouse

A ROAD safety pressure group is calling for action to be taken to prevent more accidents on one of Brighouse’s most notorious roads.

In light of the two accidents which happened within 12 hours of each other in Halifax Road, Brighouse Road Safety Committee is pushing for Calderdale Council to put some kinds of measures in place.

Last month a car crashed through a wall at Paul Kenny’s home close to where his 13-year-old son, Joseph, and four-year-old daughter, Lily, play. Only 12 hours later a car smashed into the wall on the opposite side of the road.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) has been lobbying the council to do another road surface test on the road between Granny Hall Lane and Finkil Street. The results from the test are due at the end of this month.

“We have got to find out why so many cars are crashing on the road,” he said. “We need a solution to this problem sooner rather than later. We need officers and anyone with any influence at all to make sure this area is focused on as a priority for Calderdale.

“My main concern is the number of elderly people and the number of children. There are 1,500 children at Brighouse High alone and then there are several primary schools in the area. If you were walking down that part of Halifax Road and a car mounted the pavement you will have very little chance of getting out of the way.”

Plans were underway to build a new pedestrian island near to Granny Hall Lane, but Councillor Howard Blagbrough (Con, Brighouse) said they were still consulting with residents.

“From a motorist’s point of view speeding traffic is our main concern until you get that sorted out it is going always going to be a problem,” he said.

Chairwoman, Ann Rutherford, said putting the island near to the One Stop shop seemed logical. But speeding traffic coming down Halifax Road was a problem.

It was suggested to put traffic lights at the Granny Hall Lane junction which would allow people to cross safely and slow traffic down.