Concerns over HGVs using road

Lorry stuck on Rosemary Lane, Siddal.
Lorry stuck on Rosemary Lane, Siddal.

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, Calderdale 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.”