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Accident blackspot Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane to be closed today

Road where motorcyclist Aaron Vowles was killed also shut by 'emergency notice'

A busy country road – part of which has been hit by a spate of accidents this winter – is to be closed tomorrow (Wednesday).

Kirklees Council has issued an emergency closure notice on the B6118 between Grange Moor and Colne Bridge.

From 9.30am to 7pm Liley Lane, Bellstring Lane, Highgate Lane, Moor Top Road, Upper Heaton Road, Bog Green Lane and part of Colne Bridge Road will be shut.

It is understood there will be no access for cars and other vehicles between the Grange Moor roundabout and Colne Bridge, near the Royal and Ancient pub, all day.

Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout.

The notice says the closure is necessary to “enable road safety works and in the interest of public safety” but it does not explain what works are being carried out.

The B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane has seen a catalogue of crashes since November and two people have been seriously hurt.

A motorcyclist also died after a collision with a Rover 45 car in Bog Green Lane, Upper Heaton, in November.

Aaron Vowles, of Brighouse, was a refuse collector for Kirklees Council. The collision happened near a farm entrance and the road was closed for several hours.

WATCH: Dashcam video along Bellstring Lane runs into accident

Residents on the B6118 have catalogued every smash and reported them to Kirklees Council.

Last weekend the council put temporary traffic lights on two of the bends amid fears over the weather conditions. Council engineers launched an investigation into the cause of the smashes.

The road was last resurfaced in August 2014 and there are fears the surface could be “worn out” already.

Deposits of what appears to be clay on the B6118 Bellstring Lane near Kirkheaton.

Two drivers have told the Examiner how they aquaplaned in wet weather, losing control on a bend at modest speeds.

Kirsty Senior escaped with bruising and whiplash when her car ended up in a field while Steve Bateman wrote off his van when it smashed into another car.

No one from the council was available for comment.



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