Disruption for buses till April

School Lane, Illingworth, closed for roadworks
School Lane, Illingworth, closed for roadworks

BUS routes in a part of Halifax will be disrupted until April because of a new pedestrian safety scheme.

Sections of School Lane, Illingworth, have been closed since February for roadworks to begin.

Several bus routes have been affected, including the 521, 700 and 526 services from Halifax.

Improvements will be made to foothpaths and bus stops and new traffic-calming measures aim to help decrease the number of child casualties in the area.

Roy Hepplestone, head teacher at nearby Whitehill Primary School, said: “These measures will support a safer commute to and from work and school.

“I think it is going to be a massive improvement and anything the council can do to support pedestrians and safer walking to school is a good thing.”

Kate Marsh, Calderdale’s deputy road-safety officer, said: “We feel it’s important that everybody gets behind these safety improvements.

“In 2010, one in every eight road casualties was a pedestrian. But pedestrians make up over one in three of the most serious and even fatal casualties. Traffic and the fear of traffic is one of the most common reasons given for not walking either to school or to and from local community facilities.

“These schemes intend to break down the barriers to walking and make our walking journeys across Calderdale much safer.” Pedestrian safety schemes are also due to take place in Dean Lane, Sowerby Village, Bank Edge Road, Illingworth, Godley Lane, Rishworth, Victoria Road, Jepson Lane and Westgate in Elland, Free School Lane and King Cross Road, Halifax.