A CAMPAIGN to cut the number of trucks thundering through Mirfield has made a significant breakthrough.
The protesters' call for a weight restriction on heavy vehicles using side roads is being reconsidered by Kirklees Council officers.
Campaigners fear the situation is set to worsen if the planned A62 Leeds Road industrial estate is built.
Protesters claim the need for a change to the town's existing traffic flow has been brought into the spotlight and a bypass using main roads around the town should be considered.
Clr Martyn Bolt who is leading the campaign issued a petition at a road safety meeting calling for tighter controls on lorries.
He said: "For the last three years the people of Mirfield have been complaining about the situation but to no avail.
"The roads are simply not designed to cope with the weight and the sheer volume of traffic coming through the town.
"Kirklees now needs to take a holistic view, plan for the future and protect our environment."
Clr Vivien Lees, who chairs Mirfield Road Safety Committee, echoed the request for a more thorough investigation.
She said: "All the drivers care about is getting from A to B as quickly as possible.
"There are alternative main routes but they just don't use them.
"They are bringing more pollution into residential areas and present a substantial safety risk."
The matter is now under review by council officers and will be discussed further at the Road Safety Committee meeting on March 23.
Haulage firm boss Clive Hoyland of Ravensthorpe company M & B Haulage and Waste Paper Co Ltd, says he welcomed the idea of a Mirfield bypass.
He said: "A bypass is certainly needed.
"We are always having lorries stuck in congestion in Mirfield.
"We are a big ratepayer and it is a bone of contention at the way Kirklees does roadworks midweek when everyone is at work.
"Why not do them at a weekend and quieter times?"