Landlord calls for action on ‘race track’ village road

Border Rose Inn landlady Nancy Williamson, with Rochdale Road, Walsden.
Border Rose Inn landlady Nancy Williamson, with Rochdale Road, Walsden.

The landlord at a village pub is calling for urgent action to make a busy main road safer after a spate of accidents.

Nancy Williamson, landlady at the Border Rose pub in Walsden, says something needs to be done to slow down motorists on Rochdale Road through the village.

She said: “I can’t tell you the amount of cars that come past here doing about 80mph.

“It’s just like Brands Hatch. It’s ridiculous.

“They go on the wrong side of the road. It’s like a race track.

“It’s about time something was done.

“Somebody is going to get killed.

“That’s an absolute certainty.”

Nancy said there have been long-standing concerns about speeding motorists on the road.

She would like to see speed bumps or speed cameras installed as traffic calming measures.

“I have been down this route several times already,” she said.

“Every time we get a response saying there are not enough fatalities to warrant traffic calming measures on this road.

“In my opinion, one fatality is too many.”

Her renewed call for action comes after there were several accidents on Rochdale Road on Friday morning, when black ice created treacherous driving conditions.

“I know it might have been slippy but if they were not going so fast it might not happen,” she said.

Nancy has contacted Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker about the matter and has invited him to a meeting of concerned residents at the pub to discuss it.

Geoff Willerton, Calderdale Council’s head of planning and highways, said traffic calming measures are planned according to specific criteria.

“If residents have concerns about the safety of a road and request traffic calming, we have a good look at the statistics on accidents that have caused injury in that area,” he said. “If the number of accidents is a concern, we carry out speed checks on the road, and plan any required traffic calming according to the criteria we use to prioritise such work.”