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Simon Moyser takes pictures of smashes to build case for safety improvements

Residents on a country lane between Kirkheaton and Upper Hopton are keeping a catalogue of crashes in their bid for road safety improvements.

Locals on the narrow, windy and exposed B6118 Bellstring Lane say they have lost count of the number of smashes.

The Examiner reported on three crashes in three days last November – and a lorry which crashed over a wall on Tuesday – but locals say that is only the tip of the iceberg.

A bend at the junction with Cockley Hill Lane is proving a hazard for drivers and it is thought to be speed that is catching people out.

Cars and vans clip the kerb, plough into walls and often end up in fields.

A lorry was blown over in high winds and vans have overturned.

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It is believed no one has been seriously hurt but residents fear it is only a matter of time.

Simon Moyser, 57, who has lived in Bellstring Lane for about 14 years, said the road – with a 40mph limit – had always had accidents but there had been more in the last 12 months.

Mr Moyser has reported the problems to Kirklees Council and said traffic engineers had been out to test the recently-laid road surface and given it the all-clear.

Residents have also been in touch with local councillors, including Mirfield Tory councillor Martyn Bolt, who are also supportive.

Mr Moyser said: “The traffic engineer we are speaking to is very receptive and we are keeping a record of all the accidents on the road.

“Every time something happens I am alerted by the neighbours and I come home and take photographs.

“The only way we can build a case for improvements is to record what happens.”

Mr Moyser said he believes speed is the major factor on a deceptive bend which catches strangers unawares.

“A speed camera would be the most effective solution but failing that we need better warning signs,” he said.

The road is used by walkers and ramblers and the pavements are narrow. Mr Moyser knows of pedestrians who have been clipped by passing vehicles.

Mr Moyser said speed limit reductions had to be requested by the police and Clr Bolt is hoping to arrange a public meeting between locals, council officials and police officers.

Clr Bolt called for a review of the whole stretch of road from the Hare and Hounds in Liley Lane, Mirfield, to the Blacksmith’s Arms in Heaton Moor Road, Upper Heaton.



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