Commuters fear new road layout will bring town centre to a ‘complete standstill’

Road works in Huddersfield Road, Brighouse
Road works in Huddersfield Road, Brighouse

A new highway development that will change the traffic flow around Brighouse town centre could cause more disruption, according to commuters.

The changes are underway on Huddersfield Road, outside Sainsbury’s supermarket, that will see a new right hand turn heading into and out of Mill Lane.

It will also see the introduction of more traffic lights on the ring road around the town centre.

Plans submitted were approved in 2009 but work has only just begun earlier this year.

Business and residents have spoken out, saying the road improvements will cause more problems on the already busy road.

Jane Ratcliffe said: “Traffic in Brighouse will come to a standstill. It does already at peak times around Sainsbury’s.”

Susan Kelly added: “I personally think it will add to even more congestion through Brighouse, especially at peak time.”

Problems could arise at the mini roundabout at the entrance to the supermarket as Andrew Howson said: “It will only work if the traffic has somewhere to turn into. If congested at Sainsbury’s roundabout it could be bad.”

However, Geoff Willerton, head of planning and highways at Calderdale Council, explained that the new scheme will be more efficient.

In approving the plans he said: “The aim of the proposal is to create traffic improvements to the existing access point into the car park and to alter the junction layout between Mill Lane and Huddersfield Road to improve traffic movement and flow to and from the site.

“We are working with Sainsbury’s on its scheme to introduce a new traffic signal controlled junction outside the Brighouse store.

“It will allow people to drive in and out of the car park more easily, as they will be able to turn right from the eastbound dual carriageway of Huddersfield Road.

“This is not currently possible, meaning people have to drive around the Bradford Road roundabout or Wakefield Road gyratory. The scheme, funded by Sainsbury’s, will also improve pedestrian crossing facilities and hopefully ease congestion in the town. We will be linking the new signals to those at certain other locations to allow a more coordinated flow of traffic through Brighouse.

“Construction is expected to be completed by early December. Occasionally the works may require a lane closure on the dual carriageway, but to minimise disruption there would be no closures until after 7pm.”