Roadwork hell to hit town

Roadworks for gas network on Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe.
Roadworks for gas network on Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe.

TRAFFIC problems are set to hit the Brighouse area between now and Christmas.

Various roads will be dug up for work by Northern Gas Networks, Yorkshire Water and Northern Powergrid as well as Calderdale Council.

Work has already started at Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, and will continue for the next five weeks. There are two schools along the road, Cliffe Hill Community Primary and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High, so parking is already a problem during term time.

But physically driving up and down the road is set to cause problems when they are all back at school in the next few days.

A spokesperson from Northern Gas Networks said: “We’re currently replacing 1600 metres of old metal gas mains with more durable plastic pipes on Stoney Lane to provide residents in the area with safer, more reliable gas supplies.

“We are doing everything possible to minimise disruption during this essential improvement work. Temporary traffic lights were required at the start of the scheme, but we’ve since been able to remove these. We don’t expect any further significant traffic restrictions for the remainder of the work.

“We’d like to thank local residents for bearing with us. The good news is that once we have finished work here, the new pipes will serve the area well for decades to come.”

The project is part of Northern Gas Networks’ programme of gas mains renewal, which will see more than £91 million invested during the current financial year (2012/13) to upgrade gas pipes across the region.

Northern Gas Networks will be carrying out work at 30 different locations in the Brighouse area of both minor and major activity. Some of the roads will be controlled by temporary lights while others will be done via signs and will cause minimum disruption to traffic. Both Yorkshire Water and Northern Powergrid will be digging along two different roads each and Calderdale Council will be working on five.

Some of the work is already underway at Booths Buildings in Bailiff Bridge, Bramley Lane, Hipperholme, Carr Green Lane, Rastrick, Church lane, Southowram, and Field Top, Bailiff Bridge.

According to Calderdale Council’s website work will start in Briggate, Brighouse, Tofts Grove, Rastrick, Quarry Court, Rastrick, Highfield Avenue, Bailiff Bridge, Bracken Road, Brighouse, and Back Halifax Road, Brighouse, in the next month.

One of Brighouse’s most notorious accident blackspots, Halifax Road, will be worked on by both Yorkshire Water and Northern Gas Networks. When the work is finished the road will be resurfaced by Calderdale Council.

In November the gasworks will move into Granny Hall Lane. It is hoped that a pedestrian island will be put in place shortly after by the council.

All the planned works appear on Calderdale Council’s website at www.calderdale.gov.uk Some of them are merely guidelines.