New bus lanes ‘only the start’

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Councillors have hailed a new scheme to reduce traffic and improve road safety on one of the area’s busiest roads.

The £47,000 project to install bus and cycle lanes from Odsal through to Wyke is now complete.

The lanes in Huddersfield Road and Woodside Road are expected to reduce congestion and accidents on the roads.

Coun David Robinson (Wyke, Ind) said: “We are very pleased that this is now under way.

“We have had some pretty bad accidents on these roads in recent years, and if these measures will help reduce traffic and the risk of accidents, I think it will be money well spent.

“We have been pushing for this for a while and, while we still have to see how things go, I am confident this will help reduce traffic and get more people onto public transport, which is something we all want to promote more.”

The scheme is now subject to a 12-month trial period and, if successful, the bus lanes could become a permanent fixture in the future.

Coun Robinson also told the Guardian about plans for further traffic reduction measures in the area.

“This is not the end,” he said. “This is only the beginning.

“We are looking at other measures to hopefully improve traffic problems.

“Lots of areas of the ward need some traffic-calming measures – we are looking into the possibility of bus lanes in Cleckheaton Road, and with Low Moor station to be finished in 2015, there should be good options for public transport in the area.”