Drivers were left “in total chaos” after temporary traffic lights on a Colne Valley road showed red in both directions.

The lights were put up after Yorkshire Water contractors dug a hole in the road at Causewayside, Linthwaite, to repair a pipe.

But Kirklees councillor David Ridgway said no one had been back to the site since the hole was dug last Thursday – and the temporary lights to keep traffic moving were both showing red at the same time up until Monday.

One set of lights has been positioned on the crest of the hill at the top of Causewayside with the second placed part way own the hill. Both have signs telling drivers: “When the red light shows wait here”.

Light controlled roadworks, Causeway Side, Linthwaite.
 

The Lib Dem councillor for Golcar ward said: “They dug the hole on Thursday last and in typical fashion they’ve gone away and left it. The hole is protected by temporary traffic lights showing red at each end on a permanent basis, creating total chaos for children going back to school this morning. Why does Yorkshire Water do this?”

A Yorkshire Water spokesman said: “We would like to apologise to any motorists effected by our work on a pipe in the Linthwaite area last week.

He said the repair was due to be completed by today and the company would be addressing issues with the temporary traffic lights that had been set up.

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