Call for traffic calming in Sandal

Sandal residents are campaigning for new traffic measures on Chevet Lane.L-R Gerry Lumb,Gill Whittingham,Kate Mehta,Allan Benning,Louise Walker and Sat Mehta.
Sandal residents are campaigning for new traffic measures on Chevet Lane.L-R Gerry Lumb,Gill Whittingham,Kate Mehta,Allan Benning,Louise Walker and Sat Mehta.

URGENT restrictions are needed on a “dangerous road” to stop lorries using it as a short cut.

At a meeting organised by Sandal Community Association, members told highways officers from Wakefield Council that Chevet Lane was too narrow to cope with the large lorries that use it as a cut-through every day.

They said heavy traffic was putting the safety of pedestrians at risk, particularly at a narrow stretch near the junction with Carr Lane.

At the meeting, highways officer Bob Whyatt said a traffic survey would be carried out on the road.

He also said traffic light systems and road marking would be reviewed.

But Gill Whittingham, of Sandal Community Association, said residents wanted traffic limitations and a weight restriction placed on the road.

She said: “People living around here think Chevet Lane is a dangerous road and feel very strongly about the traffic.

“There are parts of the road where there is not enough space for two vehicles to pass each other.

“The council’s statistics seem to only include accidents where there are injuries, but police have told us it is notorious for accidents.

“We want measures to be taken now so that we can prevent serious injury and death.”

Bob Whyatt, senior traffic engineer, said: “We have met with residents and understand their concerns. We will now carry out a survey to monitor lorry movements on Chevet Lane and after analysing the information, will pass our findings to residents, along with our recommendations.”

People with concerns are invited to the next meeting, at the Three Houses pub, on Chevet Lane, on Monday, November 14, at 4pm.