Roadworks misery for A646 motorists

MOTORISTS are facing lengthy delays with two sets of roadworks on the busy A646 between Mytholmroyd and Luddenden Foot.

At peak times, it has been taking up to an hour for motorists to get though the traffic lights in the two villages.

It is less than three weeks since contractors finished rebuilding a huge retaining wall beside the Rochdale Canal, at Luddenden Foot, and work began on redesigning the curbs and footpaths in the middle of Mytholmroyd to improve pedestrian facilities.

But new holes have been opened up in the road close to the Springfield Camping Centre in Luddenden Foot, further adding to the misery for commuters.

Peak time bus services from Halifax to Todmorden have been particularly badly affected by the delays.

The work in Mytholmroyd, which began on February 11, involves widening and repaving the footways outside the memorial gardens.

“The resultant narrowing of the carriageway should also encourage lower speeds,” according to Calderdale Council.

Improvements will also be made to the junction of New Road with Burnley Road.

In order to complete the work on phase one as quickly as possible, contractors are working seven days a week where possible until the middle of April.

The work in Mytholmroyd is the first phase of improvements resulting from a District Traffic Review for the village. Work on phase two along New Road, still subject to consultation and final agreement, is planned later in 2012.