It’s the journey ambulances will have to take if Huddersfield’s A&E closes.

And that trip from St George’s Square to Calderdale Royal Hospital , Halifax, first took our chief photographer, Julian Hughes, 52 minutes in the morning rush hour.

Julian tried the journey again in Wednesday morning’s rush hour and the results were better at 37 minutes – but were nevertheless worrying.

Julian said: “It’s frustrating; the Elland bypass is terrible. As soon as you go down the hill from Elland it’s a crawl.

“It was only 37 minutes this week, but 37 minutes is still a long time.

“Last week it was 52 minutes because the stretch up Halifax Road through Birchencliffe can be slow too.”

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Admittedly ambulances using blue lights and siren will be able to complete the journey in less time.

But a Huddersfield paramedic has already expressed concern that emergency vehicles will be unlikely to reach top priority emergencies in outlying parts of Huddersfield within the eight-minute NHS target.

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