SPEED limits on one of the area’s most dangerous roads are to be cut.

The maximum speed permitted on a 60mph stretch of Huddersfield Road between Netherton and a crossing with Meltham Greenway is to be reduced to 50mph.

The speed limit on the remainder of Huddersfield Road to Meltham Mills will be cut from 60mph to 40mph.

Double white lines will be painted on the centre of the road at certain spots outlawing overtaking.

The stretch of Huddersfield Road has been the site of numerous crashes – some fatal – over the past few years.

A 56-year-old woman and 43-year-old were seriously injured in a collision on Huddersfield Road in February.

Gary Pedelty, 24, was killed in a road traffic collision last November on the road between Meltham and Netherton.

Last July a woman was hospitalised in a collision between a Renault Grand Scenic people carrier and a Citroen AX at the junction of Bent Ley Road.

The plans, which were announced on Thursday, will be subject to a public consultation which ends on August 4.

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “A number of road traffic collisions involving inappropriate speeds and overtaking as a contributory factor have occurred on Huddersfield Road between Meltham and Netherton.

“As a result, a road safety scheme has been designed.

“This scheme will introduce speed limit amendments, as well as improved signage, road markings and a double white line system to restrict overtaking.

“It is believed that these speed limit changes will improve road safety for all road users.”

Holme Valley North councillor Terry Lyons said: “We can’t stop bad driving but we think if we have tighter restrictions that will make people more safety conscious.

“This was requested by a resident.

“I believe it’s a very good move.”