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Anger at 'dangerous' potholes in Bradford Road

Huddersfield motorist Erum Suleman lets rip at Kirklees Council about sorry state of road near Fartown Bar

One of Huddersfield’s main roads is now riddled with potholes.

Motorist Erum Suleman contacted the Examiner after he was incensed with the state of a stretch of Bradford Road near Fartown Bar.

And he said he felt provoked into speaking out after reading our recent piece about leading Kirklees councillor Peter McBride’s concern over delays to work on the bus gates in the town centre.

It was thought the work would be competed by the end of February but as we near the end of March work is still ongoing.

The shocking state of Bradford Road near Fartown Bar

There has been growing anger in Kirklees over the number of potholes on the borough’s roads with more than 40,000 potholes reported every year to Kirklees officials with repairs for them coming out of a budget of just £650,000.

Erum said: “I would like to inform you that the council may be frustrated by the delays of the work within the town centre but for the people who travel via Bradford Road the ‘gigantic potholes’ are the frustrating issue. This can be dangerous as drivers will change lanes to avoid the potholes so the chances of an accident occurring is increased.

“However, places that require immediate repairs are not even being considered.”

One Examiner reader, who did not wish to be named, said the roadworks ahead of the town centre bus gates scheme were a waste of time and funds.

He said: "Waste of time and money, central reservation at Lindley by the Bay Horse pub has just been redone – that went on for a while and can’t see any difference. They dug up the pedestrian central walkway and completely removed the traffic lights only to put everything then back as it was?. What was the reason?

The less than impressive state of Bradford Road near Fartown Bar

"Drivers actually hoped the lights were being taken down forever as they are dangerous and a hazard where they are right next to the roundabout, but, oh no. The original ones were not put back up but new ones!’

“If the council has the money for these types of roadwork then they should have the funds to repair work where many commuters are facing difficulties.”

Earlier this month a council spokesman told the Examiner: “The council has repaired over 25,000 potholes in the last 12 months or eight for every mile of road in Kirklees.

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“But keeping the local roads in reasonable repair requires constant work.

“The long period of heavy rain and the winter weather, although milder than normal, has taken a heavy toll on the condition of the roads in Kirklees and the council is constantly undertaking repairs the roads affected.

“All recent reports of defects have been prioritised and programmed for repair.”



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