Safety of Halifax Road
Posted by Catherine Jampierre
In light of the recent terrible accident on Halifax Road, my existing concerns on the safety of this stretch of road have increased ten-fold.
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Posted by Dave Byrne
I agree with Catherine about the speed with which people drive through the valley. I appreciate that everybody wishes to get to their destination quickly, however I am concerned that there could easily be a far worse accident in the near future.
I was recently confronted with a 'taxi' overtaking a bus into a left hand bend in Charlestown (I was travelling in the opposite direction!!!) This seem to be the norm. for some who live and work in the area. Let me point out though that, yes I have broken the speed limit and have the points to prove it!
I was glad to see a mobile police camera in operation this morning in the Todmorden direction (better late than never)
I too would like to hear of any past efforts to reduce the speed along the Road, perhaps other than static 'GATSO' or 'TRUVELO' cameras.
Maybe a community awareness scheme, distribution of leaflets, posters in pubs and shops etc. maybe an idea? Also a vocal approach, should you find yourself in a speeding vehicle in an area with twisting roads (some of poor surface quality).
I personally find it amazing watching large double-decker buses rolling from one side to another around bends and parked cars...
Get well soon to all involved, but remember...
Posted by Myra James
A646 safety concerns
The accident on Monday was horrific but can't be a surprise - in fact I find it quite astonishing that something like this doesn't happen every week. I see wreckless overtaking very frequently on the stretch between Bankfoot and the Stubbing Wharf, with vehicles still across the central line as they round the bend at King Street, sometimes narrowly missing oncoming traffic, or not doing so only by luck. People live here, for goodness' sake, their living rooms just feet from the speeding traffic.
We need speed cameras, I suspect - after all they present no difficulties for those who drive sensibly, do they?
Posted by Ellie
I agree, the speeding all along the A646 is a problem. I live by the main road in Mytholmroyd and am surprised of the speed of passing cars, lorries and buses. We never seem to have any speed checks.
Posted by Steve
Posted by Derek
I frequently hear supposedly intelligent, professional people complain about speed limits and speed cameras. Haven't you been caught? they ask. They seem amazed when I tell them it's because I stick to the limit. It doesn't hurt, and it makes hardly any difference to your journey time. Faster driving = more accidents. Faster driving = more serious consequences when accidents happen.