Thornhill Lees roadworks to cause delays

Slaithwaite Road in Thornhill Lees near Mullaco's supermarket. (D535A451)
Slaithwaite Road in Thornhill Lees near Mullaco's supermarket. (D535A451)

A business owner has said Kirklees Council should use “common sense” to avoid disruption when roadworks come to Thornhill Lees.

Belinda Jackson has suggested a diversion to avoid traffic gridlock on Slaithwaite Road when Yorkshire Water carry out repairs later this month.

Mrs Jackson, managing director at Bretton Park-based Spafield Displays, said her business suffered as drivers get stuck in traffic for hours at a time when roadworks disrupt the key route.

“It is a mess and one which could be totally avoided with a little common sense,” she said.

But a spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “Planning a diversion for roadworks involves looking at minimising delay and disruption for traffic and local residents. In this case it would also mean temporarily reversing a one way order on Lees Hall Road.

“Yorkshire Water have not yet let us know about proposed works at Slaithwaite Road.

“However, the traffic management arrangement that would best minimise delay and disruption would be to keep traffic on Slaithwaite Road and control it using temporary traffic signals, manually controlled during the day with work carried out at times of lower traffic, for example school holidays, and with a strict time limit on the length of the works.”

Yorkshire Water are replacing a water main and the works are expected to take a month.