Traffic lights at ainley top move closer

Blackley Brickworks
Blackley Brickworks

PLANS to install traffic lights at Ainley Top roundabout have stepped up a gear.

And not a moment too soon, according to a Calderdale councillor who is among more than 50 motorists who have had accidents there in recent years.

David Hardy ran into the back of a vehicle which set off and stopped unexpectedly when another driver entered the roundabout at high speed.

“I think traffic lights would be appropriate to make the junction safer, reduce queues off the motorway, allow traffic to flow freely and reduce the speed of those who fly round at break-neck speed.”

Councillor Hardy (Lib-Dem, Elland) is the chairman of Calderdale Council’s economy and environment panel and regularly uses the junction.

On Tuesday, planning committee members will consider a scheme for 120 houses at the nearby Blackley Brickworks, which could add considerably to the number of motorists using the roundabout. There have been seven letters of objection and 56 supporting the plan.

Another 300 houses have been approved by Kirklees Council at nearby Lindley Moor and the traffic lights at Ainley Top are due to be installed once the 50th house is built.