Council work crews carried out a “deep clean” on an accident blackspot stretch of country road.

Kirklees Council shut the B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane between Grange Moor and Kirkheaton on Wednesday for the road surface to be thoroughly washed.

Part of the road has seen a spate of crashes since November with mud on the road being put forward as one of the possible causes.

There are two quarries – Temple Quarry and Laneside Quarry – at either end of the road. Both are understood to have wheel washing facilities on site.

The narrow and winding lane also has several farms and access to fields.

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Kirklees Council issued an emergency closure notice, shutting Bellstring Lane and Liley Lane but also connecting roads Highgate Lane, Moor Top Road, Upper Heaton Road, Bog Green Lane and part of Colne Bridge Road.

The roads were closed between Grange Moor roundabout and Colne Bridge near the Royal & Ancient pub into the evening, though access to homes and businesses was maintained.

In November motorcyclist Aaron Vowles died after a collision with a car near a farm entrance in Bog Green Lane, Upper Heaton.

In an e-mail to councillors, work on the roads was described as a “deep clean.”

The council was concentrating on the length between Cockley Hill Lane and the Hare and Hounds pub.

The road had to be closed for public safety as the power washing vehicle was slow-moving and would cause a hazard to motorists.

It is understood that after cleansing the road surface was to be tested.

Slippery road warning signs have been put up and last weekend the council installed temporary traffic lights on two of the bends. The authority has also said it will carry out a full investigation into the state of the road.

The road used to have anti-slip coatings on the bends but this wasn’t replaced after resurfacing in August 2014.

Drivers have complained that as well as mud on the road, drainage is poor leaving the road prone to huge puddles in wet weather.

Two drivers have told the Examiner how they aquaplaned and lost control at low speeds.

Local resident Simon Moyser, of Bellstring Lane, said that last weekend he noticed a lot of mud on the road near Temple Quarry at Grange Moor.