Tour de France's visit to Huddersfield will see road signs and speed humps removed

But the decision about what will have to be shifted, when and how much it will all cost have yet to be taken

Traffic islands removed from Lockwood Road in Huddersfield.

Road signs and devices used to force motorists to slow down will need to be removed when the Tour de France comes through Huddersfield next summer.

But the decision about what will have to be shifted, when and how much it will all cost have yet to be taken.

The Huddersfield section of the route starts at Ainley Top to Huddersfield via Halifax Road, the Castlegate loop and Castlegate.

Huddersfield to Holmfirth is via Lockwood Road, Bridge Street and Woodhead Road while Holmfirth to Woodhead will go through Hinchliffe Mill, Holmbridge, Holme and Holme Moss.

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “We work closely with the Tour organisers ASO to ensure that the route is safe for the cyclists – this involves removing some street furniture which is reinstated following the race.

“No final decision has been taken as yet on which individual signs or speed cushions will need to be removed, but the costs will be kept within our overall proposed budget for highways agreed by Cabinet.”

Race marshalls will stand in front of some street furniture such as bollards in the middle of the road waving green flags, diverting the cyclists around them.

Bollards have been removed on Lockwood Road in Lockwood to keep the traffic flowing.

A Kirklees spokeswoman said: “The temporary removal of traffic islands has enabled the work to be carried out without the need for temporary traffic lights.

“This has meant that disruption to traffic flows and delays have been significantly reduced and the work has been able to continue since the festive restriction on roadworks came into effect in other areas on November 25.”

The work in Lockwood on the section of road between Albert Street and Bridge Street includes the reconstruction of the footways and resurfacing of Lockwood Road plus the later reinstatement of the traffic islands.

The spokeswoman added: “It is hoped to be completed by spring. This is a continuation of the work recently completed on Chapel Hill.”

 

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