Flood safety is improved
CAMPAIGNERS trying to stop dangerous flooding on a blind bend have won their fight.
Villagers and councillors have been trying to get flood calming measures near Robin Lane, in South Hiendley, ever since it became cut off during the floods of 2010.
And the recent heavy rainfall has left the road waterlogged once again.
But their efforts have proved successful and Wakefield Council has started work to build a new culvert to ensure the village is not left stranded again.
Graham West, Highway Network Manager said: “We are aware of the on-going issues at this location and in recent months have been in discussions with the adjacent landowner.
“We will be installing a new culvert across Robin Lane to improve capacity and reduce the risk of similar highway flooding in the future.”
Concerned resident Tony Howell of Northgate, South Hiendley, was pleased with the outcome.
He said: “When I am coming out of South Hiendley towards Hemsworth I have to go on the wrong side of the road to avoid all of the water and safely get around it.
“But then it’s putting yourself in danger of oncoming traffic and the added concern that it is on a blind bend. So it’s great news the water will be reduced.”
He was still worried about the speed of drivers. The road has a 40mph speed limit but Mr Howell said people are ploughing through the water at faster speeds.
He said: “It’s bad enough that it’s on a blind bend but then there is the added danger of the water. Some drivers have been so impatient, it’s just so dangerous. It‘s unbelievable they drive the way they do.”
District councillor Sandra Pickin was also pleased with the new plans and had been working to get the flooding and speed matters resolved.
She said members of the highways team came out late last year and it was hoped new signs will be put up to try to reduce the speed of drivers.
Coun Pickin said: “We are also working on new signs to warn people of the dangers. There are a lot of elderly people around this area so it’s so important we tackle the problem before somebody gets seriously hurt.”
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