Road to shut for up to four weeks

Roadworks are planned
Roadworks are planned

A road is to be closed for up to four weeks for essential drainage works.

Kirklees Council will shut Barnsley Road, Flockton from Monday, July 30 to carry out the repairs after an investigation showed that the drains were badly cracked and starting to collapse.

The damage is not currently affecting the road surface but there is a high chance of it getting worse.

As such, the council says it is important that the works start now before it becomes more difficult and takes longer to repair.

The council is working with Persimmon Homes, who are building homes close by, to make sure they complete all their highway works whilst the road is closed.

This will include gas, communications, site entrance works and drainage works among others.

The council will also take the opportunity to do other works close by; including work on road sensors that control the traffic lights in the centre of Flockton to make sure they work as well as possible, street lighting improvements and carry out road gully cleaning.

The council found out about the damage to the drains when they investigated them before work began on the new housing development.

The nature of the work means that the council have to fully close the road to ensure the work can be carried out safely, and the council are doing everything possible to reduce the amount of time the road is closed.

The council know that closing the road to carry out these repairs will be disruptive, which is why it has been scheduled for the school holidays and has arranged for other works to be done at the same time.

Work will be taking place from 8am to 8pm with manned closures being in place 24 hours a day, including weekends.

Shops and pubs will remain open and there will be escorted access to properties within the closure.

The road will be closed between Haigh Lane and Doctor Lane. A diversion will be in place directing local traffic past the Black Bull and through Netherton and Horbury Bridge.

We are working closely with Wakefield Council to minimise the disruption this diversion will have on roads on their area.

There will be a separate diversion route for HGVs – from Bretton roundabout they will travel via A636 Denby Dale Road, A636 Wakefield Road,A635 Barnsley Road, A629 Lane Head Road, A629 Abbey Road South, A629 Abbey Road North, A629 Penistone Road, A629 Dogley Lane, A629 Penistone Road, A624 Wakefield Road, A637 Barnsley Road.