New traffic restrictions have been implemented to enhance road safety in parts of Mixenden and Todmorden in Calderdale.

Starting from Monday, 2nd October 2023, large vehicles with a weight of 3.5 tonnes or more are prohibited from using Straight Lane, Jumples, and Crag Lane in Mixenden.

Calderdale Council has taken heed of residents’ concerns regarding the high volume of large vehicles utilizing this route as a shortcut. These roads are not suitable for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), but some drivers have been disregarding the advisory signs stating ‘unsuitable for HGV’ that the Council had previously installed.

The Council has now completed the formal legal process to enforce the 3.5-tonne weight restriction. This grants the Police the authority to take enforcement action against anyone flouting this restriction.

Signage has been erected to guide drivers of large vehicles towards alternative routes. Advanced notices on the A629 have been placed to inform them of the ban and direct them to continue on the A629 instead of using Straight Lane, Jumples, and Crag Lane.

Access to these roads is still permitted for emergency services, public service vehicles, utilities, and vehicles requiring access to properties.

Cllr Jenny Lynn, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, said; “We understand how distressing the volume of traffic in the Jumples Crag area has been for residents.

“We do everything we can to help keep Calderdale’s roads safe. As shown by the Jumples case, we won’t hesitate to use our legal powers to introduce formal traffic bans when road users put others at risk. By introducing a large vehicle restriction, we hope to reduce the risk to people and other traffic, preserve the area’s character and improve air quality.”

In Todmorden, the Council is introducing fresh traffic restrictions around the Town Hall to create a more pleasant and secure environment for pedestrians, and to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the streets in harmony with the historical features of the town centre.

This forms a part of the A646 Corridor Improvement Programme, a substantial road enhancement initiative designed to alleviate congestion and promote active travel on and around one of Calderdale’s busiest routes.

The initial phase commenced in Todmorden town centre and encompassed the re-laying of Water Street, Bridge Street, Calder Street, and School Lane with stone setts and flags. Additionally, the kerb line outside the Town Hall was realigned and repaved using Yorkshire stone.

Now, the Council is poised to alter access to the side streets surrounding the Town Hall to favour pedestrians, aligning with its commitment to climate action and the prosperity of towns and locales.

The Council has revised the proposed traffic restrictions from June 2023 in light of local feedback regarding access for Blue Badge holders.

Beginning Monday, 6th November 2023, vehicles will not be permitted to access Bridge Street between 10am and 4pm. However, Blue Badge holders and vehicles involved in loading and unloading will be granted access between 4pm and 10am.

There will be no access to School Lane or Calder Street for vehicles at any time, except for Blue Badge holders and vehicles engaged in loading and unloading.

Locations where Blue Badge holder parking and loading/unloading is prohibited are clearly demarcated by ‘no loading’ yellow kerb markings and signs.

Cllr Jenny Lynn continued; “We want people in Calderdale to enjoy our thriving towns and get around safely, easily and actively, in ways that support their health and the borough’s climate action goals. The traffic restrictions around Todmorden Town Hall will help with this.

“This is part of a wider programme of improvements which will transform the busy A646 / A6033 route and bring benefits for those living, working or travelling in and around the Upper Calder Valley.”