RADICAL safety works have been proposed for a notorious moorland road where three Huddersfield men died in a horror crash.
Marsh man Paul McKenzie was three-and-a-half times the drink drive limit and had traces of cocaine in his system when he lost control of his car on a bend while carrying four friends back to Huddersfield after a night out in Oldham.
The 22-year-old was killed along with friends Ross Neill, of Slaithwaite, and Carl Rawlinson, of Sheepridge, after ploughing into a bus on the A62 Huddersfield Road at Scouthead between Oldham and Delph on March 17 this year.
Two other men in the car were badly hurt.
Campaigners have long been calling for traffic-calming measures at the notorious accident blackspot - and the tragedy gave the campaign added impetus.
At the men's inquest where accidental death verdicts were recorded, Oldham coroner Simon Nelson said speed was not the cause, but asked Oldham Council to review the road's 60mph limit.
Now a massive clampdown on speed on the A62 Huddersfield Road from Scouthead to the Kirklees boundary should have lower speed limits according to a report to Oldham's Environmental Services Department.
* Introducing a 40mph limit from east of Platting Road to Delph village which is the area where March's tragedy happened.
* Keeping the existing 30 mph limit through Delph village.
* A new 50 mph limit east of Delph village to the borough boundary with Kirklees which could continue into Kirklees towards Marsden.
* Better signing and lining at all the major bends along the four and a half mile route.
* Flashing warning signs on approaches to potential danger spots.
There have been 38 personal injury accidents on this section of road from 2000 to April 2005 including four fatal, 11 serious and 23 slight.
One of the most dangerous stretches is the part close to the Kirklees boundary at Standedge above Marsden.
John Hurst, Oldham's interim executive director of environmental services, said that when plans are finalised, people will be invited to comment.
It is hoped this will happen within the next month.
Clr Derek Heffernan, chairman of the Saddleworth Action Committee, said: "I am glad that at long last our concerns have been heard.
"However, things will only improve if motorists take notice of the flashing warning signs and new speed limits."
Stewart Thewlis, landlord at The Bull's Head in the centre of Delph village, said the speed limit through the village should be even lower than 30mph.
"The problems start for us when motorists leave the A62 and come haring through the village," he said.
"It's a very serious concern and the speed limit should be reduced to 20mph at the very maximum.'