Highways workers began a “Spring Clean” today to try and improve safety at an accident blackspot.

They have closed Bellstring Lane and Liley Lane today to clean the road surface.

Cleaning equipment is being brought in to clear mud, water and debris off the road in a bid to try and improve safety for motorists.

The entire length of the B6118 between Grange Moor and Colne Bridge has been shut under an emergency closure notice.

Workers erected Road Closed signs at many junctions along the route - but they didn’t stop some drivers ignoring them and driving through.

The council stressed that access to homes and businesses is being maintained at all times.

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The notice says the closure is necessary to “enable road safety works and in the interest of public safety” and it is understood part of the work involves washing and cleaning the road surface.

The B6118 Bellstring Lane/Liley Lane has seen a catalogue of crashes since November and two people have been seriously hurt. A motorcyclist also died after a collision with a Rover 45 car in Bog Green Lane, Upper Heaton, in November. Aaron Vowles, of Brighouse, was a refuse collector for Kirklees Council.

Last weekend the council put temporary traffic lights on two of the bends amid fears over the weather conditions. Council engineers launched an investigation into the cause of the smashes.