Flockton Bypass

Flockton by David R - flocktonbypass.co.ukFlockton village required at least 3,000 signatures before our bypass request could be debated by Kirklees Council.  As of 4 February 2019, we have 5,121 signatures. Thanks to all our supporters. We intend to present the petition to Kirklees Council in April 2019, or at the earliest relevant Council meeting thereafter. (Read more …)


Road Surface Dressing Programme

Posted on facebook by Cllr. Richard Smith (8 May 2019)

“I have received information about the surface dressing programme which will affect Flockton in the near future. It is possible that there will be some minor disruption during this time.

“Works are currently projected to start on the 28 May 2019, after the bank holiday, and it is envisaged that they will be finished mid-July. However, things can change, without notice, due to weather or plant breakdowns, etc.”

The affected roads within Flockton are;
Wakefield Road (A642) to Moor Top Lane
Paul Lane to Lenacre Lane


Bypass Campaign Contacting Coach Companies

Kathryn Middleton, resident and campaigner for a Flockton Bypass, is continuing to contact companies who flout the vehicle access rules from the Grange Moor end of the village. The latest TRO (Traffic Regulation Order) in the form of the weight restriction sign for HGVs, is now enforcible by Police and only specific HGVs, such as emergency vehicles, service buses, and local farm vehicles, are permitted to enter the village from that direction.

Name: Mrs kathryn middleton

Sent: 15 April 2019 17:16
To: Info National Holidays


Please could you tell your drivers to follow the diversion signs instead of travelling illegally through Flockton village on the A637 from Grange Moor roundabout. A new Transport Regulation Order from Kirklees Council has stopped all coaches over 7.5T from 12/4/19. The road is too narrow and is a serious accident waiting to happen. Thank you.

Subject: National Holidays
Date: 2019-04-15 18:42
From: National Customer Services <>

Good evening Mrs Middleton,

Thank you for your email in regards to our coach fleet.

I have confidentially passed your comments onto the Operational Manager to address with all drivers.

In closing, please be assured of my best intentions.

Kind Regards,

Hazel Hall
Customer Services Supervisor
National Holidays
Tel: 01246 223939

Enforceability of 20 mph speed limits

Posted to the Flockton Bypass facebook group (10 April 2019) by David Rawling:

An extract from Section 12 of the link. The last paragraph tells us what the community already know, but needs the authorities to act upon:

20 MPH Flockton - flocktonbypass.co.ukThe study has shown that the speed at which people drive is influenced more by the look and feel of the road, than whether a 20 mph or 30 mph limit is in place. It appears that some roads where 20 mph limits have been implemented are naturally ‘self-explaining roads’ where drivers ‘instinctively’ drive more slowly (because their length provides less opportunity to build-up speed, visibility may be limited, drivers do not feel that they have sufficient space to drive faster or feel that it is appropriate to do so, and because they serve local start/end destinations only). In other cases, the look and feel of the road naturally encourages higher speeds. In many cases the implementation of a 20 mph limit has simply formalised existing behaviour.

The challenge is how to change driver attitudes and behaviour in other locations. Evidence from this study (and others) shows that bigger speed reductions occur on faster roads, with higher volumes of traffic and providing a locally important strategic function.

Circular 01/2013 encourages authorities to consider introducing 20 mph limits on more major streets where foot and cycle movements are important, but also advises that where average speeds exceed 24 mph, the introduction of signage only is unlikely to lead to 20 mph compliance. This study supports this advice and confirms that on faster roads more needs to be done to achieve compliance and maximise the benefits. Even on these types of roads the actual reduction in speeds has been small, with lowering the speed limit using signs alone leading to a reduction in speed of about 1 mph. Without supporting measures to encourage compliance, there is a risk that non-compliance with the speed limit becomes the norm.

See the full report here.

Road Safety Fact Sheet (20 mph zones)

20 mph speed limits on roads: Report into the effectiveness of 20 miles per hour (mph) road speed limits.


New enforcement order for HGVs through Flockton village

Wednesday 10 April 2019

A couple of articles:


Police have backed calls to restrict trucks, articulated lorries and other HGVs travelling through a traffic-clogged rural village on the outskirts of Huddersfield.

It has prompted Kirklees Council to re-draft a 48-year-old order banning vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes from travelling eastbound on the narrow A637 through Flockton.

Emergency services and local buses, as well as utility, farm and residents’ vehicles, are unaffected.

Road into Flockton - flocktonbypass.co.uk

Police back calls to ban trucks and HGVs from Flockton village

Wakefield Express:

Heavy goods vehicles will soon have to steer clear of roads going through Flockton – or face action.

Weight restrictions have been in place on various roads through Flockton, Emley and Middlestown for almost 50 years in a bid to reduce the amount of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

Weight restrictions in Flockton - flocktonbypass.co.uk

Here’s why heavy good vehicles are banned for this Yorkshire village


New 20 MPH Signs Arrive In Flockton

Update: April 2019

“Following on from the installation of the 20mph zone, I have talked to Highways about some of the comments I have been receiving from local residents. Highways have agreed to install some more 20mph roundels, so that there is more visibility of these through the 20mph zone and they will also be arranging to paint 20mph signs on the road surface at the access points.” – Cllr. John Taylor (as posted on Flockton facebook pages)

“Further to John’s post regarding the 20mph Zone, we have also had a note from the Police that they will be undertaking some enforcement in the next few weeks.” – Cllr. Richard Smith

Here they are – a little earlier than expected. Complete with artwork by children from Flockton C of E C First School.

New 20 sign - flocktonbypass.co.uk 20 MPH Flockton- flocktonbypass.co.uk20 MPH Flockton- flocktonbypass.co.uk
There are 4 signs altogether – 2 at each end of the village.

There are some nice photographs on the school’s public facebook page. I am currently awaiting a reply to see if we can have permission to embed the post on this page.


Paula Sherriff Asks Minister in House of Commons to Discuss Flockton Road

14 February 2019

Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury) (Lab)
“The A637 runs through the lovely village of Flockton in my constituency. It is a narrow road and is increasingly used by rat runners and HGVs, despite a prohibition order. There have been many instances of reckless driving and some near misses. Will the Minister meet me to discuss how we can make life safer for the people who live in Flockton?”

Jesse Norman
“If it is a purely local road, I am of course happy to look into the matter but it really falls to the local authority. If there is scope for the road to be part of the major roads network, which, as the hon. Lady will know, is precisely designed to relieve some of the pressures on local communities and the strategic road network, we can have that conversation as well.”

See House of Commons Hansard, Rural Roads: HGV Traffic, here.

David Rawlings (Flockton resident and bypass campaigner)
“Doesn’t seem that Jesse Norman even knows that the road through our village IS ON the MRN!”

More Lorries with ‘Tipping’ Plan?

A report by the Examiner Live, 8 February 2019, suggests “new fears for road safety on accident blackspot Bellstring Lane.”

A tipping plan to “restore land for agricultural use” could result in more heavy trucks on the M1-M62 shortcut route, and fresh concerns have been raised about safety on the rural Kirklees road, long considered to be an accident blackspot.

“The B6118 Liley Lane in Grange Moor, could become further congested by large HGVs delivering 90,000 tonnes of top soil and inert sub soil to restore derelict land.” (Read full article)

Proposed Flockton 20 mph Speed Limit – Pre Scheme Survey

Flockton residents have received a letter regarding the proposed 20 mph speed limit, due to come into force in parts of the village, later this year.

All residents are encouraged to respond to the survey and you can complete it by going to this link: kirklees.gov.uk/flocktonsurvey

The survey will be live from Monday 21 January till Friday 22 February 2019.

Once the scheme has been on site for 6 months, a further survey will be produced to evaluate post scheme views.

New Traffic Regulation Order for 7.5T Weight Restriction

Posted as requested by Cllr. John Taylor (17 January 2019)



The Council of the Borough of Kirklees (“the Council”) in exercise of their powers under Sections 1, 2, 3(2) and 4 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”) and of all other enabling powers and after consultation with the Chief Officer of Police in accordance with Part III of Schedule 9 to the Act hereby make the following Order which relates to roads at Flockton, Flockton Moor and Emley in the Kirklees District, and Middlestown and Overton in the Wakefield District.



1. ​Save where the context otherwise requires, any reference in this Order to a numbered Article is a reference to the Article bearing that number in this Order.

2.​ In this Order the expression “maximum gross weight” has the same meaning as in Regulation 4 in Section 1 of Part 1 of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.


Weight Restrictions

3.​ Save as provided in Article 4 no person shall, except upon the direction or with the permission of a police constable in uniform, cause or permit any vehicle of over 7.5 tonnes maximum gross weight to proceed in the lengths of road in the directions specified in the Schedule to this Order.

4.​ Nothing in Article 3 shall render it unlawful for a person to cause or permit any vehicle over 7.5 tonnes maximum gross weight to proceed in the lengths of road so specified if the vehicle is being used:-

​(a) ​in connection with the carrying out on that length of road of any of the ​following operations, namely:-

​​(i) ​building, industrial or demolition operations;
​​(ii)​ the removal of any obstruction to traffic;

​​(iii) ​the maintenance, improvement or reconstruction of that length ​​of road;

​​(iv)​ the laying, erection, alteration or repair in or on land adjacent to ​​that length of road of any sewer or any main, pipe or apparatus ​​for the supply of gas, water or electricity or any ​​​​​telecommunications apparatus as defined in Section 4(3) of the ​​Telecommunications Act 1984.

​(b)​for fire and rescue service, police or ambulance purposes;

​(c) ​in the service of a local authority or water authority in pursuance of ​statutory powers or duties;

​(d) ​for the purposes of agriculture on any land adjacent to that length of ​road or for or in connection with the conveyance or haulage of timber ​felled upon such land;

​(e) ​for or in connection with the conveyance of goods to or from any ​premises on or adjacent to that length of road, or any other road ​accessible from and only from that length of road;

​(f) ​to proceed to or from any premises which are situated adjacent to that ​length of road and at which time the vehicle is to be, or has been, ​garaged, serviced or repaired.

(g) ​to access to and egress from any premises which are situated adjacent to that length of road to proceed and to return from the said premises along the same route

(h) ​is a public service vehicle as defined in section (2)(1)(a) of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 being a stage carriage being used in the operation of a local service

5.​ The Council are satisfied that for preventing damage to the roads or buildings on or near them and for preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the lengths of road specified in the Schedule to this Order run by restricting the use of the said lengths of road by vehicles over 7.5 tonnes maximum gross weight, it is requisite that Section 3(1) of the Act should not apply in relation to this Order.



6.​ The restrictions imposed by this Order shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any restrictions or requirements imposed by any Regulations made or having effect as if made under the Act or by or under any other enactment.

7.​ For the avoidance of doubt any reference in this Order to a length of road shall be deemed to be a reference to more than one length of road where the context requires it.

8. ​Any reference in this Order to a Statute or Statutory Instrument shall include reference to any re-enactment or replacement thereof.

9.​ This Order shall come into operation on the day of 2019 and may be cited as the “Kirklees Council (Traffic Regulation) (No.4) Order 2018”.

GIVEN under the Corporate Common Seal of the Council of the Borough of Kirklees this day of Two thousand and Nineteen.

THE CORPORATE COMMON SEAL of​​ THE COUNCIL OF BOROUGH OF​​ KIRKLEES was here unto affixed in the​​ presence of:

Assistant Director, Legal, Governance and Monitoring /Authorised Signatory


Download the full document and schedule, here. (Word docx)


NOTE: This a re-advertisement due to the addition of the service bus exemption to the order. Previous objections will still be taken in to consideration.

The Council of the Borough of Kirklees propose to make the above Order under their powers in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which, as it affects lengths of road in Flockton Moor, Emley, Middlestown and Overton in the Kirklees district, will be to apply a 7.5 tonne weight restriction to the following roads:

1. The route consisting of Paul Lane, Moor Top Lane, Lenacre Lane, Westfield Lane, Jagger Lane, Chapel Lane, Beaumont Street, Upper Lane, Ash Lane and Woodhouse Lane, in a generally south-eastern direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to its junction with the A636 Wakefield Road

2. A637 Barnsley Road in a generally eastern direction;
• from a point 170 metres south east of its junction with A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point 100 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

3. The route consisting of Cross Road, Old Road and Hardcastle Lane, in a generally south-western direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point on the A637 Barnsley Road 91 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

4. The route consisting of Green Lane, Old Road and Hardcastle Lane, in a generally south-western direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point on the A637 Barnsley Road 91 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

5. The route consisting of the un-named road immediately west of 184 Old Road, Old Road and Hardcastle Lane, in a generally south-western direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point on the A637 Barnsley Road 91 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

6. The route consisting of Grange Lane, Old Road and Hardcastle Lane, in a generally south-eastern direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point on the A637 Barnsley Road 91 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER ONLY. NO ON SITE CHANGES. Reason: to clarify that the restriction allows access to premises within the boundary of the order to enable appropriate enforcement and for service buses.

NOTE: This a re-advertisement due to the addition of the service bus exemption to the order. Previous objections will still be taken in to consideration.

A copy of this draft Order, together with the plans showing the affected lengths of road and a statement of reasons for proposing the Order may be examined during normal office hours at:-

• 1. Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre 3, Huddersfield
• 2. Or web address: www.kirklees.gov.uk/trafficregulation.

If you wish to object to the proposed Order you may send grounds of your objection in writing to reach the undersigned by not later than 18th February 2019, quoting reference DEV/JE/D116-1804.

Dated this 18th day of January 2019.

Julie Muscroft signature


Julie Muscroft – Assistant Director – Legal, Governance and Monitoring Kirklees Council, 2nd Floor, High Street Buildings, High Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2ND

Download the Notice of Proposal document, here (Word docx)

Other documents

Flockton TRO Plan 1 (pdf)

Flockton TRO Plan 2 (pdf)