Calls for cuts to speed limit on A637 in West Bretton

West Bretton councillors and residents are petitioning for a speed limit review and installation of a speed camera in the A637 in West Bretton near the M1 round about at junction 38.'Pictured are David Biltcliffe (resident), Bernard Ellis (chair), Lawrence Kirkpatrick (District cllr), David Spaul (Parish cllr), Ian Sanders (District cllr), Mike Hofton (Parish cllr), Philip Platts (Parish cllr)

West Bretton councillors and residents are petitioning for a speed limit review and installation of a speed camera in the A637 in West Bretton near the M1 round about at junction 38.'Pictured are David Biltcliffe (resident), Bernard Ellis (chair), Lawrence Kirkpatrick (District cllr), David Spaul (Parish cllr), Ian Sanders (District cllr), Mike Hofton (Parish cllr), Philip Platts (Parish cllr)

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Residents and councillors in West Bretton are calling for speed restrictions on a busy stretch of road through the village.

Campaigners want a speed camera installed and the speed limit cut to 40mph on the A637 Huddersfield Road – where they say there have been several fatal accidents.

More than 160 people in the village were balloted asking if they supported speed restrictions on the stretch of road from the roundabout at the entrance to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to the M1.

Ninety-nine per cent voted in favour of a speed limit cut and 96 per cent supported installation of a speed camera.

Resident David Biltcliffe, said: “This is for the safety of everyone using the road. This issue needs addressing to save lives and save property.

“It has been rattling around for years and people are worried, concerned and want action quickly.”

The current speed limit on the road is 60mph on the single carriageway and 70mph on the dual carriageway.

Coun Bernard Ellis, West Bretton Parish Council chairman, said:“It is the only stretch of road between Huddersfield and Barnsley which doesn’t have a speed limit.

“The most recent fatality in September prompted us to act.”

The ballot results have been handed to Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, Coun David Dagger.

Coun Dagger said he had received the ballot and it was being considered by the council.