They appear to conspire to cause maximum disruption

All too common ' temporary lights on Burnley Road at Luddenden Foot
All too common ' temporary lights on Burnley Road at Luddenden Foot

Sets of temporary traffic lights down the valley between Hebden Bridge and Tuel Lane seem to a permanent feature at present, and it seems that the days that it is possible to travel down the valley without encountering a set are few and far between.

The only variation is the exact positioning of these so called temporary lights on Burnley Road and the number.

In fact it almost appears at times that the utility companies conspire with one another to cause the maximum inconvenience to local commuters; it is clearly far too complicated for them to communicate with regard to digging holes in the road in a coordinated manner to minimise disruption.

Accepting that there will inevitably be a need to maintain services on and below the A646 as it is such a main arterial route, any temporary constriction of flow is likely to cause delays, so surely planning to cause minimum inconvenience to road users should be a priority.

Failing that, the temporary traffic lights should be sensibly managed paying particular attention to traffic flows in each direction acknowledging that these are different at different times during the day.

It is now over forty years since the human race developed the technology to put a man on the moon, and today it is possible to carry access to the power of the internet around in your pocket, but apparently those responsible for overseeing traffic management during road works down the Calder Valley neither use the available switching technology nor exercise common sense.

Predicting traffic flow along the valley is hardly a complex question of quantum physics; as a general rule more traffic travels east towards Halifax during morning commuting hours than west, and during the evening rush hour the predominant flow is reversed with the majority of traffic heading towards Hebden Bridge.

Why on earth do contractors not adjust the timing of the temporary lights to reflect these differences as it is most certainly possible?

Dare I suggest that in such times of austerity that if automatic controls are not used, real people with vision and common sense could be employed to observe the queues and adjust the traffic lights manually?

Instead we are left with the ridiculous situation that I experienced yesterday morning when I queued for quarter of an hour from the Hebden Bridge side of Walkley’s Clogs to the lights in Mytholmroyd, only to be greeted by the sight of four cars waiting at the traffic lights to go in the opposite direction.

Jon Kimber

Lower Crimsworth Cottage