Con­cerns over HGVs us­ing road

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Con­cerned res­i­dents have said more needs to be done to tackle HGVs us­ing an un­suit­able road in Sid­dal. It comes af­ter a lorry had to be winched to safety on Fri­day, April 17, af­ter its brakes failed caus­ing it to be­come stuck on a bend.

Po­lice were called to Rose­mary Lane, Sid­dal, at around 7am on Fri­day morn­ing, fol­low­ing re­ports that a lorry was block­ing the road. It col­lided with a wall on the road, but no in­juries were caused.

Stoney­wood Mo­tors re­cov­ered the ve­hi­cle by winch­ing it and the road was closed for most of the day dur­ing the re­cov­ery op­er­a­tion.

Now, res­i­dents want to see ac­tion taken to stop it hap­pen­ing again.

Lisa Dawes, 45, said: “It’s been on­go­ing since we moved in nine years ago. It’s a rat run all day and lor­ries do cause a ma­jor prob­lem. They ig­nore the signs.

“Signs don’t work. They have put more up, but it re­ally does not work. It’s an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen. I think the top half of the road should be closed. It’s not just lor­ries that are the prob­lem, but cars in gen­eral. They come fly­ing down.”

Ge­off Willer­ton, Calderd- ale Coun­cil’s head of plan­ning and high­ways, said: “There are a large num­ber of roads across Calderdale that are un­suit­able for heavy goods ve­hi­cles (HGVs) and although in­ci­dents like this are rare, we try to make sure that there is clear sig­nage to in­form HGV driv­ers that the road ahead is un­suit­able.

“There are two signs at the bot­tom of Rose­mary Lane in Sid­dal, clearly stat­ing that the road is un­suit­able for HGVs.”

A lorry blocked Rose­mary Lane in Sid­dal last Fri­day, April 17

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