Residents' fears over lane used as rat run

Published date02 March 2023
Publication titleHuddersfield Daily Examiner
People living on Chidswell Lane, Gawthorpe, say the road is often gridlocked as drivers try to avoid mile-long rush-hour tailbacks on main roads caused by a major housing development. Residents have reported damage to property caused by vehicles hitting garden walls

They also have photos and video footage of a serious head-on collision involving two cars, road rage incidents between drivers as well as HGVs and coaches getting stuck as they attempt to get down the narrow rural road.

Chidswell Lane crosses the boundary between Wakefield and Kirklees council districts.

Residents living on the Wakefield side say the problems began when construction work started to build 260 homes on the Lockwood Fields development at the Kirklees end, near to Owl Lane.

Resident Duncan Mounsey said: "It really is a ridiculous situation which is having an impact on the lives of people living on Chidswell Lane.

"The problems start from about 6.30am every morning, when we are woken up by the sound of car horns.

"There just isn't enough room for people to pass each other.

"We have seen lorries, buses and HGVs getting stuck. We have filmed drivers confronting each other when they refuse to give way.

"Something needs to be done before someone is seriously injured, or worse."

Another resident - Dominic Senior - said part of his...

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