LORRIES will be banned from four Huddersfield roads for the next three months.
Kirklees Council is restricting vehicles in a bid to stop “rat runs” during a major roadworks scheme.
They are worried drivers will seek alternative routes when the busy Halifax Road is closed down.
The road – linking the town centre and the M62 junction at Ainley Top – is to be dug up for new gas mains.
Now the council has imposed an order banning lorries over 3.5 tonnes from Weatherhill Road in Birchencliffe, Laund Road in Salendine Nook, Moorlands Road in Mount and Crosland Road in Lindley.
The 13-week ban, which comes into force on Monday does not apply to buses or bin lorries.
Kirklees Council has taken the move to prevent HGVs using the roads as shortcuts while maintenance work takes place on the Huddersfield-bound stretch of neighbouring Halifax Road.
A half-mile stretch of the main road will be closed for three months from next week while gas mains are replaced.
Thousands of motorists will have to make detours between the busy Ainley Top roundabout on the M62 and the Cavalry Arms traffic lights in Lindley.
Lorries will be banned from Weatherhill Road between its junctions with Lindley Moor Road and West Street.
Lorry drivers wishing to travel from Ainley Top into Huddersfield will have to go via Lindley Moor Road, New Hey Road, Moor Hill Road and Cowrakes Road.
The gas main scheme will see stretches of Halifax Road closed to through traffic at certain points on a rolling basis.