Drivers urged to stop ‘rat run’

MP Jon Trickett with local residents by the corner of Mount Avenue, Hemsworth. Concerns are growing over the number of drivers that are driving the wrong way down a one way street, and using Mount Avenue as a rat run to avoid the traffic lights at Cross Hill.'h6345a138
MP Jon Trickett with local residents by the corner of Mount Avenue, Hemsworth. Concerns are growing over the number of drivers that are driving the wrong way down a one way street, and using Mount Avenue as a rat run to avoid the traffic lights at Cross Hill.'h6345a138

FRUSTRATED residents are calling on drivers to stop going the wrong way up a one way system in Hemsworth.

Motorists are illegally turning left at Mount Avenue to cut out the traffic lights on Cross Hill, causing danger to residents and local schoolchildren.

Many motorists are also turning right - a move that is allowed but is causing heavy traffic in the area.

Denise Cook, of Westfield Avenue, said: “They are using the road as a rat run. Someone will get killed one of these days. The route is used by pupils from two schools and it is dangerous.

“Traffic is heaviest at school times, which is when it gets worse in this area.

“Something needs to be done and quick. Drivers need to think about what they are doing. The road is very narrow and there isn’t much room to see out. Kids just run across the road without thinking to look the other way because they know cars aren’t supposed to be going that way.

“I was coming out of my gate the other way on my motorised scooter and just nudged out to close my gate. I wasn’t even going onto the road but I was shouted at by a driver who told me to watch what I was doing. But he was going the wrong way up a one way system. It is unbelievable.”

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett said: “I stood with residents for some time on the corner of Mount Avenue and Westfield Road and I could understand first hand the problems residents are experiencing.

“Along with residents of the area and councillors I am calling on the council to take action to address this problem. There is a green patch of land at the end of Mount Avenue where children play.

“The increased volume of traffic, speeding cars and aggressive drivers pushing their way down a one way street is not conducive to safe play for children. “I would also call on drivers who are using these streets as a short cut to be aware of the difficulties they are causing.”