You can plan for most things — but not the state of the M62 in rush hour.
The Examiner's Save Huddersfield A&E Battle Bus was stuck in traffic on the M62 this morning after roadworks overran, closing two lanes eastbound between Ainley Top and Brighouse.
Commuters suffered long tailbacks back to junction J21 at Milnrow — including our poor bus driver!
The delay in our Battle Bus arriving meant we had to change the route — missing Elland bypass and Calderdale Royal Hospital — and highlighted the traffic nightmares patients and emergency services face in our area.
At around 9am, the bus arrived at Examiner HQ and we were off!
The bus was filled with posters, copies of the petition to demand a government debate on the closure of HRI A&E and stickers for those who signed.
On board were Examiner reporters and a photographer as well as members of the #HandsOffHRI campaign, including Karl Deitch and Natalie Ratcliffe.
Examiner editor Roy Wright was also interviewed on camera by the BBC — look out for him on TV!
Our first stop was Broadlea House, home of the Greater Huddersfield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, one of two CCGs who drafted the proposals to close Huddersfield's A&E and change emergency care in Huddersfield and Halifax.
Watch reporter Susie Beever's message to campaigners
After stopping at Broadlea House, the Battle Bus made its way down Leeds Road to PPG Canalside, where Huddersfield Town players were training.
The players were keen to show their support:
The Battle Bus then made its way into the town centre for its stop at Huddersfield University, where it parked up on campus ready to meet students.
At 12.30pm the Battle Bus will make its way to St George's Square — come see us! Sign the petition, show your support and make your voices heard.
Today's Battle Bus campaign is to raise awareness of the public consultation about Right Care Right Time Right Place, the proposals to close Huddersfield's A&E and move all emergency care to Calderdale Royal Hospital.
We want to make sure everyone has their say — find out more about the plans and how to tell the CCGs what you think by clicking the stories below.