Pothole riddled street branded 'most dangerous in Kirklees' as cars 'weave in and out'

Potholes between the Dusty Miller pub and Dodlee Lane
Potholes between the Dusty Miller pub and Dodlee Lane -Credit:Abigail Marlow

Residents have branded a Longwood street ‘one of the most dangerous’ in Kirklees and are calling on the council to act before it’s too late.

Gilead Road is the main road running through Longwood, linking the village with areas such as Paddock and back towards the M62 junction at Outlane.

The road is said to be a problem area due to its uneven surface and potholes, leaving some fearing there may be an accident. The road previously made Yorkshire Live’s list of Kirklees’ worst roads for potholes as chosen by readers last year.

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One resident said: "It’s not just one pothole, it's the entire road. What’s happening now is that cars are driving up and they’re on the other side of the road, weaving in and out of potholes. There’s going to be a crash.

"We’re stuck. There’s one road in and one road out. For the sake of car tyres and suspension, I’m going the long way around and it’s adding about 10 minutes. I’ve driven around a lot and it’s really bad. It’s one of the most dangerous."

One particularly troublesome area is a patch of road in between the Dusty Miller pub and Dodlee Road. The road surface is worn and patchy with some large potholes.

Potholes between the Dusty Miller pub and Dodlee Lane
Potholes between the Dusty Miller pub and Dodlee Lane -Credit:Abigail Marlow

They continued: “As the main road going out of Longwood, it is horrific to negotiate, forcing some people to avoid it and drive the long way round. The surface is fast becoming undrivable, with big potholes destroying peoples' tyres and suspension.

“It's impossible to drive safely on your side of the road anymore, cars have to weave up the road trying to avoid the potholes. It really has become a safety issue.”

The resident told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) that they had reported the issue to the council who said they were 'aware' of it, but that no action was taken at the time.

A spokesperson for Kirklees Council said: “Kirklees Council has a thorough highways inspection programme, with scheduled safety inspections undertaken on a monthly, three monthly, six monthly or 12-monthly basis by Highways Asset Maintenance Technicians.

“Our inspections help identify defects deemed a danger to any user of the highway, any noted are programmed for repair. We have repair teams working across the Kirklees district in order to address problem areas and mitigate impact on users.”

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