Council chiefs are to carry out extensive road safety improvements on a blackspot country lane.

A spate of crashes on the B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane between Kirkheaton and Grange Moor has forced Kirklees Council to act.

The worst affected stretch of the winding lane between the Hare and Hounds pub and Highgate Lane will be closed, in sections, from Monday.

Work could last for two weeks – or more – depending on the weather. Diversions will be in place.

Pictures: Bellstring Lane accident blackspot

Grey-coloured ‘high friction surfacing’ will be installed on some of the bends along with double white lines and new reflective studs.

On the approach there will be ‘dragon’s teeth’ triangular road markings and new warning signs will also be put up.

The works will take place on the two stretches where temporary traffic lights and speed limit reductions were put in place earlier this year.

Over the winter there have been a series of smashes with two people seriously hurt.

Drivers have lost control in wet and slippery conditions, some crashing through walls and into fields.

Excessive speed, worn road surfaces, wet weather and mud dragged from quarries and farmland have been blamed.

Local resident Simon Moyser, who has led a five-month campaign for improvements, welcomed the council’s action and said: “Let’s hope this makes a difference.

“It looks like there will be more signage to improve driver awareness but no reduction in the 40mph speed limit.

“Even if the speed limit was reduced to 30mph that wouldn’t make a difference unless there was a speed camera to enforce it. We will have to wait and see what happens.”

Mud on Bellstring Lane, Kirkheaton, said to come from Laneside Quarry.

Mr Moyser took pictures last week of lorries coming out of the Laneside Quarry landfill site caked in mud.

It is understood bosses at both Laneside and Temple quarries have been warned by the council over mud being brought out onto the road.

The road was closed in February for a “deep clean” and more cleaning will be carried out.

Once the road changes are complete police will carry out speed checks.

A council spokesman said: “We are about to start work on cleaning and then laying additional high friction material to enhance the road surface in key locations along Liley Lane and Bellstring Lane, as well as putting in additional signs, double white lines, road studs and additional chevron boards.

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“This work will be starting on Monday April 18 and will require the road to be closed during the day, in sections, over a period of – depending on the weather – two weeks. If it is exceptionally wet over that period, it could take longer.

“Council officers have also been working with both the quarries on this route to ensure that the build-up of mud and debris on the road here is kept to a minimum.

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“We are working hard to make the road here as safe as possible. Whilst we understand it will inconvenience some drivers, there will be no through route along this road whilst the closures are in place.

“We would ask drivers to follow the diversion signs that will be in place to ensure the safety of all road users and staff on site during these closures.”