Safety moves at blackspot

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SAFETY work will go ahead along Halifax Road, Brighouse, thanks to acting head of highways, David Tee.

Calderdale Council had said that work to improve the road surface along the road would not go ahead in the next financial year despite nine injury accidents and a number of non-injury accidents which usually go unrecorded.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) was told this was because the council could not afford to re-texture both Brookfoot Lane and Halifax Road.

But Mr Tee has now confirmed that the retexturing work will go ahead for both in 2012/2013 after a report in July last year identified a need for maintenance work to take place.

“It is a kind of leaving present to Brighouse,” said Councillor Stout who has been campaigning for road safety measures along the road for the past few years.

“What I would like to have seen is the pedestrian island being put in at the same time as the re-texturing and all the other bits and bats. And I would like more road safety measures being brought in like a speed camera, flashing 30mph sign, particular with the prospective of further housing developments which will intensify the traffic.

“But I would like to thank David Tee for all the good work he has done in Brighouse and over the years he is going to be sadly missed. He is an officer who understands and helps councillors where he can and I know the budget has been very tight because we only had enough to do one scheme but he has managed to squeeze enough out to also do Halifax Road,

“We have got to keep the pressure on to ensure that there are no more fatalities in Halifax Road and it is safe for all the school children in that area and the elderly that live there.”

Other road improvements are scheduled for that area which include the possibility of a pedestrian island close to Maurice Avenue, no loading and unloading restrictions along Granny Hall Lane and bollards and potentially moving the bus stop on the opposite side of the road to the One Stop Shop closer to the Brighouse end of the layby.

Mr Tee, who is acting head of the highways department with Calderdale Council will be leaving at the end of the month. A vote of thanks was also given to him by councillors at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum.