A BUSY but narrow road could become the first in Yorkshire to be designated a ‘quiet lane’.
Janet McHale, who lives on Magdale near Honley, has suggested the move to reduce traffic on the narrow lane.
The legal change would mean lorries over three tonnes would be banned and new signs may go up suggesting motorists keep to 20mph – al though the legal limit would remain at 30mph.
Quiet lanes were introduced in the 2006 Transport Act. The law allows councils to put up signs suggesting speeds and pointing out roads which are primarily rural.
The Countryside Agency has successfully introduced them in Norfolk and Kent.
Mrs McHale, who has lived on Magdale for 22 years, said: “I think making the road a quiet lane would be great. It’s a solution which fits the area.”
She said cars sometimes travelled along the lane at 50mph.
Mrs McHale said: “It’s very dangerous. But the problem is not just the speed, it’s also the volume of traffic.
“Magdale is only 10ft at its widest, but we have got traffic coming both ways, parked cars and no footpath for pedestrians.”
Mrs McHale, who is married to former Huddersfield Town star Kevin, believes quiet lanes could also be brought in elsewhere.
She said: “I’m sure this would work in other parts of the valleys. There are plenty of fast roads; it would be good to have some quiet lanes where people could walk.”
Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for highways Clr Martyn Bolt says the idea of quiet lanes could catch on.
He said: “If the Magdale scheme gets local support and goes ahead it will be interesting to assess its progress and potential to be used in other areas.”
But Clr Bolt added that drivers would have to act responsibly if the experiment is to be a success.
He said: “Quiet lanes depend on the goodwill and common sense of motorists. The council can display signs promoting appropriate speeds and uses, but these are not legally enforceable.”
Kirklees Council’s Holme Valley North Area Committee will consider whether to spend £9,000 promoting the scheme at its next meeting.
Committee chairman Clr Royston Rogers welcomed the idea. He said: “It would be the first quiet lane in the North of England, so we’re doing groundbreaking stuff.
“There will be consultation on this issue, so everyone can express their views. We would like motorists who use Magdale to be sensible because it is a very, very narrow road.”
The area committee meets at Meltham Methodist Church Hall at 7pm next Tuesday.