Letter - Residents’ concerns over Wakefield Wildcats stadium traffic

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CONGRATULATIONS to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

From what I read it looks likely that their application for a new stadium at Newmarket Lane will get the go-ahead.

Can I ask whether the amount of consideration and debate that has gone into their planning application will be put into the effect the works traffic going to the site will have on the surrounding roads?

Lake Lock Road has a 20mph limit, Jumbles Lane-Green Lane has a weight limit, as has the B6135 through Ouzlewell Green. Consequently, Canal Lane is being used by an increasing amount of heavy lorries travelling from Leeds Road to Aberford Road.

Canal Lane has an infant and junior school, speed humps which lorries clatter over as these do not appear to slow some of them down, and the Lee Moor Road junction, which has cars parked on both sides of the road so that only one vehicle can get past at a time, is at an odd angle which makes it difficult to see when turning right out of.

I contacted the council last year when I noticed the amount of heavy lorries that have started using this road (from 6.30am by the way) suggesting we needed a weight limit and was told that the increase in traffic was because of a small local development and that it would be finished before any weight restrictions could be debated or put in place.

May I suggest that the residents of Canal Lane start contacting the council now, before the stadium development commences to voice concerns or it will be too late.

E Wattingham

Canal Lane

Lofthouse Gate