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This is why we need to save Huddersfield A&E! Battle Bus's slow crawl to Calderdale Royal Hospital

Slow crawl to Halifax A&E showed traffic problems associated with closing Huddersfield A&E

Every minute is crucial in an emergency.

But the Examiner’s Save Huddersfield A&E Battle Bus took over half an hour to make the joruney to Calderdale Royal Hospital when it took on a dummy emergency run with campaigners during morning rush hour.

It got caught up in the frustrating, daily traffic jams along Elland Bypass, the major route to the accident and emergency unit, meaning it took 35 minutes to get there just from Bradley Bar roundabout.

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Traffic ran fairly smoothly down into Elland, before we joined the road.

It was then we saw the long lines of traffic, at times stationary.

For the next 20 minutes we crawled up the road and were only able to reach normal speeds at Salterhebble Hill.

It was a grim scenario for campaigners on the battle bus.

“People will die on Elland Bypass”, said Chris Hoy.

“And people must remember, it took 35 minutes from Bradley roundabout.

Examiner Save HRI A&E Battle Bus journey to Calderdale Royal Hospital.

“It would’ve been significantly longer from the centre of town and an extra half hour to 45 minutes could have been added on to someone travelling from the Holme or Colne Valleys.”

The bus will now travel around local businesses before heading to St George’s Square for 12pm.

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It will then visit Huddersfield Giants and Slaithwaite Town Hall, where the first Right Care Right Time Right Place public consultation event is today taking place.


Doug Thomson
Huddersfield Town correspondent
Chris Roberts
Huddersfield Giants correspondent
Louise Cooper
Crime correspondent
Nick Lavigueur
Health Correspondent
Joanne Douglas
Local Government Correspondent
Linda Whitwam
Education Correspondent
Henryk Zientek
Business Correspondent
Martin Shaw
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