A frustrated father jumped out of his car and walked two miles uphill in the rain to avoid missing his hospital appointment.

Martin Green became stuck in traffic on a notorious network of roads leading to Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.

But rather than miss his appointment the dad-of-two left his car and walked two miles in the rain up the steep Salterhebble Hill.

Martin and his wife Lisa left their Meltham home at 7.30am hoping to reach the hospital with time to spare for his 9.15am appointment.

But the couple became stuck in traffic along a route which misses the worst part of the infamous Elland bypass.

Martin and Lisa arrived in Greetland at 8.11am – but the couple managed to move less than a quarter of a mile along Stainland Road in 30 minutes.

So Martin, 45, got out of the car and walked the remaining two miles arriving 10 minutes before his appointment.

Martin’s experience last Monday shows what could happen if health chiefs go ahead with Right Care Right Time Right Place proposals to replace Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and expand services at Halifax.

The majority of traffic accessing Calderdale Royal Hospital will come via the Elland bypass, which is known for its congestion throughout the day. An improvement scheme for the bypass has been scheduled.

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An alternative route from Huddersfield to the Halifax hospital is through West Vale via Stainland Road.

But that road also becomes congested at peak times, particularly while Elland Bridge is being repaired after it was damaged during the Boxing Day floods.

Martin, a business development director, said: “We expected to be in hospital with time to spare and have a coffee.

“We thought we weren’t going to make it so I got out.

“It was raining and I turned up with my jeans all muddy but it’s the fact they think this is acceptable and it’s an utter shambles. The route is not fit for purpose.

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“I’m 45 and relatively young and fit but had I not been able to walk I would have missed my appointment.

“Anyone who thinks these roads are suitable – for anyone who’s not in an ambulance – is wrong.”

Under the proposals Huddersfield Royal Infirmary would be demolished and replaced with a smaller hospital on the adjacent Acre Mills site.

It will have an urgent care centre but, crucially, no emergency care unit.

Emergency care will be centralised at an expanded Calderdale Royal Hospital.

But there is concern that ambulances and other vehicles will become stuck on the Elland bypass and other routes to the hospital.