THE time to talk is over – now it’s time for action.
That’s the message from a concerned MP following the latest death on a road that has claimed a dozen lives.
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh made the call after a 34-year-old Heckmondwike man died in a crash on Wakefield Road on Saturday night.
He was a passenger in a Nissan Micra travelling from Grange Moor towards Wakefield when it came off the road and hit a tree near the National Coal Mining Museum shortly after 9.30pm.
The 24-year-old driver, believed to be from Dewsbury, suffered minor injuries.
He has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and dangerous driving.
The death is the 12th on Wakefield Road in 16 years.
Ms Creagh, whose constituency includes the spot where the crash happened, has been campaigning for action to combat the problem.
She met police and officials from Kirklees and Wakefield councils to discuss the issue in February.
She said: "The time for talk is over and the time for action is here.
"Clearly the need for something to be done has become more urgent in the wake of this latest incident."
Following February’s meeting, Kirklees Council agreed to add hazard warning signs and improve road markings from Grange Moor towards Wakefield. Islands will be put in the road at Lepton for pedestrians.
Wakefield Council is promising improvements at the Wakefield end, including clearer signs about a change in the speed limit from 50mph to 40mph and road narrowing.
But Ms Creagh, who was named parliamentarian of the month by Huddersfield road safety charity Brake, wants more to be done.
She said: "The fact that there are no speed cameras and no traffic calming at this end of the road is an invitation for drivers, particularly late at night, to put their foot down.
"It’s a deceptively dangerous road. It looks nice and straight and easy, but it’s not.
"Police have told me you get people reaching speeds of 90mph.
"I’ve been pressing the police to erect signs telling people how many people have died, because that’s the only way to get the message over."
She said she had also raised the matter with transport secretary Geoff Hoon.
Police want to talk to any witnesses to Saturday’s incident.
Contact Pc Ray Terry on 0845 6060606.