SPEEDING rush-hour traffic is plaguing a Pennine village.
Meltham town councillors discussed the ``rivers" of cars now blighting Slaithwaite Road and demanded solutions to the growing problem.
Town councillor Nigel Priestley, who lives on the B road, said the speed and volume of cars had been steadily increasing over the past two decades.
The upland road forms a straight route for many miles over the moors until, as it drops into Meltham, it bends outside Mr Priestley's home.
"They start at the top and by the time they get down to the corner, with the best will in the world, any idea of a 30mph limit is as likely as the existence of the tooth fairy," said Mr Priestley.
At busy times, he added, the busy road effectively divided the village.
"There's a lot of residential housing on Slaithwaite Road and it really does feel as though parts of Meltham are being segmented."
Mr Priestley continued: "Those of us who have lived on that side of Meltham have seen what we believe to be a substantial increase in traffic."
A petition has been sent to Kirklees Council's highways department and Meltham ward councillor Marie Bower.
Residents are demanding a traffic survey.
"On the basis of that survey, we will get hard evidence and then some constructive, thoughtful proposals," said Mr Priestley.
He cited the example of Honley where low speed bumps were introduced.
And he added: "In Netherton they addressed the problem by repeatedly telling people it was a 30mph area."
In August, horse riders complained about problems on the road from Marsden to Holt Head and Meltham.
Then, an appeal was made for traffic-calming measures in Meltham Road and Chain Road.
Kirklees Council said at the time that plans were being looked at for a gateway feature at the edge of Meltham.
Traffic is said to have increased since speed cameras were installed in Manchester Road, the main road running through the Colne Valley.
Some drivers were thought to be using the B roads as alternative routes.
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