Gas works are causing bin collections to be missed, Kirklees Council has admitted.

Traffic has ground to halt around Leeds Road amid long running works to upgrade the gas pipes.

Council vehicles are not immune to the delays.

Kirklees Council’s waste and recycling depot, where it keeps its Huddersfield based bin lorries, is in Hillhouse, close to the epicentre of the jams at the busy junction with Bradley Mills Road.

Northern Gas Networks installed temporary lights at the already congested junction by the Leeds Road Retail Park on Monday.

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Delays of 30 minutes or more have been reported for motorists trying to navigate the key route in and out of Huddersfield town centre.

Kirklees Council has now admitted its bin wagons have also been hit by the jams, causing the crews to miss a significant number of collections.

The council put up messages on its Facebook and Twitter accounts saying: “Sorry we missed your bin...Leave it out and we’ll collect it ASAP tomorrow.”

Anyone whose bin is collected the day after their collection was due is advised to log it at

A Kirklees Council spokesperson said: "We have only been experiencing minor delays to the bin collection service since October 23, 2017.

"The delays relate to the essential Northern Gas Networks roadworks on Leeds Road, specifically the temporary lights at Bradley Mills Road. The roadworks mean it’s taking a little longer than usual to access the entrance of the waste disposal site - where wagons from south Kirklees empty their waste.

"In the vast majority of cases bins will be emptied as expected, but where they are missed due to traffic delays, crews will return the following day to empty.

"Works at Bradley Mills Road are expected to be completed by the end of the week. The council is confident that all bins missed due to the delays will be emptied by the end of the week. We expect bin collections to return to normal next week."