Speed operation on a Wakefield ‘danger’ road

Police speed camera checks on Chevet lane in Sandal.PC Raif Kurtovic and Dave Chatburn (speed camera officer)
Police speed camera checks on Chevet lane in Sandal.PC Raif Kurtovic and Dave Chatburn (speed camera officer)
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SPEEDING motorists and lorry drivers using a country lane as a short cut have been caught out by police.

Officers armed with laser speed guns were on Chevet Lane, Sandal, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sgt Richard Marsh, of the Rural neighbourhood police team (NPT), said: “This has been an ongoing problem for a number of years which has been raised by the community at local meetings.

“Speeding is a problem we take very seriously and we will continue to work hard to stop it.”

The operation has been welcomed by Sandal Community Association.

Member Gill Whittingham said: “Residents would like to see speed camera signs to act as a deterrent.

“And they really want to see a weight restriction on the road because some of the lorries are absolutely massive.

“Wakefield Council’s highways department say the road is safe according to their statistics but people living here feel it is dangerous.”

Wakefield Council is currently carrying out two surveys to assess traffic on the road.

A spokeswoman for Wakefield Council said: “Once these surveys have been completed we will look closely at the figures to assess what, if anything, can be done.

“HGVs cannot simply be banned from a particular route as they have a legal right to make deliveries.

“We hope that the introduction of a double white centre line to prevent overtaking along Chevet Lane on the double bend between Carr Lane and Walton Station Lane, where the road is particularly narrow, will also contribute to improving safety further.”

The next meeting about the problems is at The Three Houses Pub, on Chevet Lane, on November 14, at 4pm.