ANGRY parents say roadworks at Salendine Nook have put children's lives at risk.
Last week Kirklees Council started improvements to two pedestrian crossings on busy New Hey Road, near Salendine Nook High School.
This meant the crossings, used by the school's 1,400 pupils, were out of action all week.
By the Monday morning only one of the crossings was operational.
Work on the second crossing was finished on Monday evening, after children had gone home.
Both are now in use.
But Lindley mum Collette Bradford said the council had put lives at risk for days.
She saw the problems as she walked 14-year-old daughter Laura to school last week.
She said: "We are talking about children's lives. There was no safe crossing point. The children were streaming across the road, in and among the traffic."
Miss Bradford complained to the highways officer in charge of the scheme on Tuesday last week.
She complained again on the Friday and found nothing had been done.
Miss Bradford was told that the health and safety risk assessment for the project stated one of the crossings should be operational at all times.
She was promised that both crossings would be working by last Sunday, but by Monday morning only one was in operation.
Miss Bradford said: "If I hadn't have complained there probably wouldn't even have been that.
"They were in breach of their own health and safety assessment and put lives at real risk."
Miss Bradford said Kirklees should have done the work during the Easter holidays, which start at the end of this week.
She said: "It is an odd time to do it. It is just incompetence."
Christine Spencer, the high school's head teacher, said pupils had been told to be careful.
She added: "I asked for there to be a supervisor until the work was finished. I spoke to highways and they assured me they were looking into it.
"Obviously we have been concerned and told the children to be careful. It is a dangerous road.
"The timing could have been better if the work could have been done in the holidays.
"But you can't always fit contractors into the vacation."
A council spokeswoman said police had escorted children across the road on Monday evening.
Work on the second crossing was then completed.
She said it was hoped that the police crossing supervision will continue during the rest of this week.