CALLS for road safety improvements have been made after four accidents at the same spot in just six weeks.
At least four people have been hurt at the junction of Wakefield Road and Silver Street at Aspley since June 15.
A businessman whose company overlooks the junction says the accidents occur because drivers believe they can turn right when they see green on the traffic lights.
Instead, they should be giving way to oncoming vehicles at the busy junction, which many drivers do not spot in time.
Mike Downes, showroom manager at Bower and Child Ltd, said: “The junction between Wakefield Road and Silver Street at Aspley has become increasingly busier since the new Asda store opened last year.
“It is the only access for traffic coming down Wakefield Road to turn right into Silver Street.
“Over recent months, there has been an increase in the number of accidents with vehicles turning right into Silver Street in front of our showroom.
“One of the major factors in these accidents is the lack of a filter light to allow traffic to turn right safely.
“There is a sign warning drivers of oncoming traffic, but there is so much street furniture on the road with signs, barriers and plant life etc that drivers instinctively go when they see a green light.
“Unfortunately, they drive into the path of oncoming traffic.”
After a spate of accidents, Mr Downes thinks more could be done to prevent them and started logging the accidents to build up the case for better road safety improvements.
The first happened on June 15, with three more on June 29, July 7 and July 27. At the most recent Mr Downes says the kerb stone was the only barrier to the stop the car mounting the pavement.
He added: “The fact is that this junction is dangerous and someone will be killed. The tragedy of this will be that someone will needlessly lose their life and this could so easily be prevented.
“As well as the human cost, the other issue is the cost to the taxpayer – our emergency services attend these accidents that could be prevented and all our insurance premiums go up.”
He says a filter traffic light system would mean cars would not try to risk turning right ahead of others.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said that right turn filters have already been considered for the junction, but issues with “traffic capacity and the restrictions of current equipment” ruled them out.
The spokesman added: “It is also important for Wakefield Road to have most of the priority, otherwise queue lengths would increase and there would be more potential for collisions if traffic was pushed back to surrounding junctions.
“There are currently no firm plans to make significant changes at this junction, but we will look to see whether improvements to the traffic controller may allow for alterations.
“We will also check whether improved signing or road markings would help to guide drivers.”