Danger of rogue drivers ignoring temporary traffic lights near school in Todmorden

Rogue motorists are repeatedly ignoring temporary traffic lights near a Todmorden school say the Environment Agency.

The temporary single lane traffic system has been implemented to allow safe working for the agency’s contractors building new flood defences along Rochdale Road.

Having ignored the traffic lights, the agency says some irresponsible drivers are also failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing used by children and parents heading to and from the nearby Shade School.

The contractors, VolkerStevin, has been providing a part-time crossing attendant in an attempt to reduce the risk to pedestrians and has been working with police to tackle the problem, but incidents are still being reported.

Will Benedikz, Environment Agency project manager for the Todmorden flood scheme, said: “The safety of the public and our contractors is of paramount concern and the fact that motorists are frequently failing to stop at pedestrian crossings is very worrying.

“We have tried to minimise the disruption to the people of Todmorden during the construction of the flood alleviation scheme and are grateful for the patience shown by the vast majority of drivers.

“However, there have been a number of occasions when cars which have jumped a red light have met oncoming traffic in the single lane section which is not only dangerous but also causes unnecessary delays to all road users.

“We will now be stepping up our monitoring and will take the registration numbers of any vehicles seen to have driven through red lights.

“We are working closely with the police who will also be monitoring traffic along this stretch of Rochdale Road and any motorist found to be breaking the law may face fines and penalty points on their licences.”