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Calderdale councillors look at Hipperholme crossroad traffic flow after public feedback

Councillors are to look again at traffic numbers before committing themselves to £3.4m junction improvement scheme in Hipperholme

The notorious Hipperholme junction

Councillors are to look again at traffic numbers before committing themselves to £3.4m junction improvement scheme in Hipperholme.

Figures from last June were used ahead of proposals to re-design the lay-out of the notorious Hipperholme crossroads where Brighouse Road, Halifax road, Leeds Road and Denholme Gate Road join.

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting of Calderdale Council, Clr Barry Collins, deputy leader, said: “There was a lot of people at the consultation event and across the council we are looking very carefully at every single point that was made.

“A lot of times people have said that we should look again at the traffic flow at Hipperholme crossroads.

“The scheme was based on figures from June last year, which is relatively recent for projects like this.

“It has been said to me that there’s not so much of a problem now the managed motorway scheme is running, but I don’t think that’s solved the entire problem.

“The important thing now is for us to find a way to respond and properly address the junction.

“We will review the traffic information through the junction and look at what the most sensible next step is in tangent with the government.”

Clr Collins’ comments came after a member of the Hipperholme Preservation Society said: “For any problem there is a quick and easy answer, and it can sometimes be wrong. I think it applies in this case.”

The newly-formed Society had raised concerns about land agreements, the traffic flow numbers and road safety.

They said the council shouldn’t rush to spend the government’s grant for the crossroads on any scheme, but wait for funding for the right scheme.

Calderdale Council secured Government funding for the work to try to ease traffic jams at the crossroads, which sees traffic from Brighouse, Halifax, Cleckheaton and Bradford merge.

Feedback from the public consultation will contribute towards the final design which will be presented at an exhibition in 2014.

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