High-tech equipment to ease crossroads jams

Police closed off Denholme Gate Road, opposite the Co-op in Hipperholme, after an accident which left a pedestrian seriously injured. The car involved crashed onto the pavement damaging a wall.'Pictured is traffic queuing on Leeds Road, Hipperholme
Police closed off Denholme Gate Road, opposite the Co-op in Hipperholme, after an accident which left a pedestrian seriously injured. The car involved crashed onto the pavement damaging a wall.'Pictured is traffic queuing on Leeds Road, Hipperholme
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AN INNOVATIVE traffic device will be installed at Hipperholme crossroads to see if it will help ease congestion.

Calderdale Council’s Highways department are set to monitor the current traffic flow and volume at the notorious junction at the Whitehall Pub and Christ Church at Hipperholme before installing the MOVA (Microprocessor Optimised Vehicle Actuation) system.

MOVA is designed for the full range of traffic conditions, from very low to a junction that is overloaded.

Councillor David Kirton told the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum that results before and after using the system at peak times will be analysed by Calderdale’s traffic department.

“The MOVA scheme will bring better information about traffic levels and problems at the crossroads,” he said. “The pressure pads will be installed in late spring or early summer to monitor traffic through the junction.”

Before congestion occurs, MOVA operates in a delay minimising mode. So if any approach becomes overloaded, the system switches allowing the built up traffic to go through first. MOVA is also able to operate at a wide range of junctions, from the very simple ‘shuttle-working’, to large multi-lane sites.