IT has claimed 11 lives – many of them young people.
Now a local MP is demanding urgent action from safety chiefs on what is Huddersfield’s deadliest road.
Wakefield Road has claimed 11 lives in the past 16 years – two of them in the past four months.
Now Mary Creagh is urging Kirklees and Wakefield Councils to work together with West Yorkshire Police to come up with a more safety measures.
Those could include more speed cameras along the whole 14-mile stretch from Huddersfield to Wakefield and graphic signs telling drivers to slow down or join the tally of deaths.
Ms Creagh, Wakefield MP, said: “Every death on Wakefield Road is a tragedy”.
The two latest victims were pub manager Andrew Hirst, 33, and student James Mulholland, 20.
SPEED cameras and graphic warning signs could be used to cut deaths on Huddersfield’s deadliest road.
There have been 11 deaths in 16 years on Wakefield Road – including two in the past six months.
Now a local MP has called for action to cut the carnage on the 14-mile link between Huddersfield and Wakefield.
Mary Creagh, Wakefield MP, was meeting senior police officers and officials from both Kirklees and Wakefield Councils today in a renewed attempt to make the A642 a safer place.
And she is determined that immediate safety measures should be introduced by the two councils.
There are already speed cameras along the stretch of Wakefield Road to the border with Kirklees from Wakefield.
But on the Kirklees side, there are no speed cameras after Waterloo.
There are 30mph, 40mph and 50mph speed restrictions along various stretches of the road through Lepton and Grange Moor.
Ms Creagh said: “Every death on Wakefield Road is a tragedy.
“We need to work together to make the road safer.
“There needs to be a joined up approach that ends the problem of split management between the two authorities”.
She went on: “There should be signs that state the number of deaths in the last few years as a warning to motorists.
“Interactive signals should tell drivers the speed at which they are travelling and warn them to slow down.
“We need speed camera enforcement along the whole stretch of the road and the councils and the police should look at reducing the speed on the road”.
The latest fatal accident happened only last month.
James Mulholland, a 20-year-old from Horbury, died in a horror crash outside the National Coal Mining Museum in the early hours.
He was a former Huddersfield New College student and was described as a “shining star” on the social website Facebook.
James, known as Muller, was found dead in a car that hit a wall.
James lived in Horbury but had previously lived in Thornhill and attended the former Thornhill High School.
He attended Huddersfield New College between 2004 and 2006 and studied for A-levels in business studies, graphic art and e-business. James achieved one A-grade and two grade Bs in his final examinations.
James was the son of Des and Andrea and left a brother Ashley.
His death came only four months after another tragedy only a mile away.
Last September, a popular pub manager and local footballer was killed when his Subaru Impreza crashed on the stretch of road between the museum and The Kaye Arms at Grange Moor.
Andrew Hirst, 33, worked at the Travellers Rest pub in Upper Hopton, Mirfield, and had just moved into a new home with his girlfriend Simone Stringer.
Andrew was a footballer all through his teenage years and his 20s, playing for teams including Ossett Trinitarians, Mexborough and Grange Moor before joining Huddersfield District League side Scissett, where he played for a number of years.
He was also a keen fan of Liverpool FC, although his work meant he could not get to many games.