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Councillors clash over action at Huddersfield accident blackspot

Senior councillor claims speeding cause for spate of smashes at Bellstring Lane

Councillors have clashed over proposed action at an accident blackspot.

The road connecting Grange Moor with Colne Bridge has suffered a spate of crashes in recent months.

Many vehicles have come a cropper on Bellstring Lane and Liley Lane.

There have been more than a dozen serious incidents on the B6118 this winter – most recently on Monday morning.

Kirklees Council work crews carried out a “deep clean” on a stretch of the country road last month and a report on how much grip the surface has is pending.

Temporary traffic lights were installed at Bellstring Lane near Kirkheaton to slow drivers down and slippery road warning signs were put up.

Despite the large number of incidents Clr Martyn Bolt, whose Mirfield ward borders the road, has had his bid for a public meeting on the matter refused by the council.

Clr Bolt asked Kirklees cabinet member for highways, Clr Steve Hall, what action is being taken.

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Clr Hall said he was awaiting the full report from council and police officers before any plan was formulated.

But Clr Peter McBride said it was clear that speeding was the issue and the refusal to hold a public meeting was right.

“The major problem is people speeding,” insisted Clr McBride.

A Renault Clio ended up on its roof after a smash in Bellstring Lane, Kirkheaton, on Sunday February 7.

“It’s as simple as that.

“They are speeding on a road with a lot of mud on it.

“There are farmers and quarries up there so the road can’t be permanently kept mud free.

“It’s possible there was oil on it before we did the clean and we think we know where it came from.

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“Officers are watching this very closely.”

Clr McBride said plans for a Dewsbury relief road were in the pipeline which would vastly cut the traffic on the rural route linking Huddersfield with the M1.

The car involved in the accident on Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane, Kirkheaton is recovered from the field beside the road.

Clr Bolt said a relief road plan in the late 1980s had failed to get the go-ahead and questioned how Clr McBride could know speeding was the problem when the report had not been published.

He has now vowed to organise his own public meeting without council support.

Watch below as van driver loses control of his van on Bellstring Lane



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