Campaign for crossing gathers pace

BLACK SPOT Catherine Pinder, Coun Simon Alvy, shopkeeper Serge Notay and Amy Robb and Cherie Hopkins from Escala with their petition. (D533F344)
BLACK SPOT Catherine Pinder, Coun Simon Alvy, shopkeeper Serge Notay and Amy Robb and Cherie Hopkins from Escala with their petition. (D533F344)

Campaigners have stepped up their fight for more pedestrian crossings on a busy junction.

The group wants improvements at Six Lane Ends, Heckmondwike, and is collecting signatures to send to Kirklees.

Now an online version has been set up to give more people the chance to sign.

The group includes Nisa store owner Serge Notay and Amy Robb and Cherie Hopkins from Escala Hair and Beauty, and has won the support of Coun Simon Alvy (Lab, Liversedge and Gomersal) and Labour Party member Catherine Pinder.

The move comes after a 13-year-old boy was left critically ill after being knocked down in Leeds Road at the junction in August.

Catherine said: “I live on Muffit Lane and I use the junction nearly every day.

“Cars go through red lights. It’s virtually impossible to cross safely. There is no crossing on four out of five of the roads. It is an accident waiting to happen.

“If there’s an incident on the M62 it’s logjammed. The traffic backs up and drivers rush to get through the lights.

“Kids are coming and going to school in the dark now. You see them running across the road.

“It’s a black spot. Everybody wants crossings where they live but this is a major arterial route.”

The campaign was going well with lots of signatures so far, she said.

Sign the petition at epetition.kirklees.public-i.tv.