Residents win crossing fight

David Rhodes,chairman of Oakenshaw Residents Association and David Hardwick, secretary.'d311a232
David Rhodes,chairman of Oakenshaw Residents Association and David Hardwick, secretary.'d311a232

A FIVE-YEAR battle to get a crossing put on a busy road in Oakenshaw has ended in success for local residents.

Kirklees Council has announced that a new signal-controlled puffin crossing will be put in place in Bradford Road, near St Andrew’s Church.

The road has long been cause for concern for Oakenshaw residents due to the volume of traffic travelling at high speed.

Oakenshaw Residents’ Association’s David Rhodes said: “We set up the residents’ association about five years ago, and in every single meeting we have had since, the problem of Bradford Road is always the main topic of discussion.

“Cars have always driven down that road at such high speeds – it is a 30mph zone, but people regularly go down there at 40 and 50 mph.

“But we have just kept the pressure on over the years by continuing to write to the council and the highways agency, and we are very pleased that something has now been done.”

The decision to put in the crossing comes more than two years after the residents’ association left a petition in a number of Oakenshaw’s shops which attracted more than 300 signatures in just three days.

Ward councillor John Lawson (LibDem) has also been vocal in his support of the crossing, and believes the new puffin crossing will be beneficial for the safety of the area’s residents.

Footways on both sides of Bradford Road will be widened to accommodate the crossing.

The plans for Oakenshaw also include a new refuge island and an extension of double yellow lines on Wyke Lane, and 40mph repeater signs between Chain Bar and Oakenshaw.

A spokesman for Kirklees Highways said: “We believe the new scheme will improve pedestrian links in the area.”

Work is expected to start on Monday August 20 and should be completed by Friday September 21.