Bid to tackle speed issue

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OPTIONS to deter speeding motorists along Bramley Lane, Hipperholme, are being explored.

Highway engineers for Calderdale Council are looking at possible solutions which can be introduced to slow down motorists who use the busy road - often as a rat-run to avoid Hipperholme crossroads.

These include removing the central white line and re-painting the word ‘slow’ on to the road.

Residents close to the problem road felt something needed to be done about the levels of speed and raised their concerns at a ward forum.

Since then various data has been collected which shows that the average speed travelling along the road between 7am and 7pm is between 32mph and 34mph but speeds between 7pm and 7am are higher with some travelling at around 60mph.

Resident Roy Head said the data also showed that eight vehicles per minute were using the road which highway engineers said wasn’t excessive.

One resident urged the council to put up signs to slow motorists down because it was a “race track”.

Hayden Vernals, one of the council’s highways engineers told residents at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum, that they had to balance things out across Calderdale. “We have to look at other issues such as what routes do people take, how busy that road is and are there bus routes to schools in the area,” he said.

Road safety rumble strips were put in place in 2005 but were removed because they didn’t stop people from speeding and also because of complaints from residents about the noise they were making.

Suggestions were made to reduce the speed limit to 20mph but Coun Colin Raistrick (Ind, Hipp/Light) said it was not going to solve the problems.

“There will still be drivers doing 60mph in a 30mph zone unless penalties are enforced. The police just don’t have the resources to enforce these limits whatever the speed limit imposed.”

Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipp/Light) has been representing residents on the issue.

“We are looking at various options which can be explored and we will be writing to residents about these,” he said.