Be braced for autumn delays on main A646

Road works planned for Market Street, Hebden Bridge.

Road works planned for Market Street, Hebden Bridge.

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Road commuters in Todmorden who regularly use the main A646 route through Hebden Bridge are warned to brace themselves for delays when major roadworks begin this autumn.

Letters have been sent to businesses and residents in Hebden Bridge, warning them road works through the town centre will cause “inevitable” disruption.

The work, scheduled to begin in October/November will centre on the A646 Market Street, Bridge Lanes and Heptonstall Road.

The letter warns that evening and overnight closures will be put in place, with work taking place on weekday evenings or early mornings.

That would leave Todmorden commuters having to use hilltop routes or take a wide detour via Littleborough and Blackstone Edge to get to their destination.

In April, shocking figures revealed the busy route had been dug up a staggering 550 times in 36 months along its length from Todmorden to Halifax.

But Calderdale Council say the latest works are essential and measures will be put in place to minimise disruption.

Councillor Janet Battye (Lib Dem, Calder), whose ward covers part of both Todmorden and Hebden Bridge, said; “While we’ve been waiting for a number of roads to be resurfaced in and around Hebden Bridge, these seem to have all come at once and I’m reminding the council to make sure that it’s possible for vehicles to get through and around the town centre.

“There is a real problem of roadworks on the valley road and the real inconvenience these can create to motorists and local people.

“While I’m not looking forward to the delays that will be caused by the resurfacing on Bridge Lanes, I know that we’ve been waiting for these for a long time now.”

Carolyn Walton, Calderdale Council’s highways and engineering manager, said: “The condition of the roads has deteriorated over time, so works will involve resurfacing, new markings and new ironwork.

“To allow the works to take place safely and effectively, temporary road closures will be in place.

“To minimise disruption, the closures will be during evenings and early mornings.

“As we are still planning the works with our contractor, the exact timings will be confirmed at a later date.

“We will be liaising with residents and businesses throughout the works.

“If anyone has any concerns about access requirements or any other issues, they can contact us on 01422 288001.”