Parents fighting for a crossing to be installed in Windmill Lane were told the road was not a council priority.
At a public meeting at the Chatterbox Centre in Howden Clough last Wednesday, Liz Twitchett, operational manager for area working and safety for Kirklees Council, said the road was classed as ‘green’ in the council’s traffic light-based system and that a crossing would not be installed.
Kirklees Council has identified six red sites and nine amber sites that take priority over the 16 green sites.
A petition has been calling for the council to make the road safe.
Parents agreed to work with both the council and the three schools that are in or near the busy Howden Clough Road to help introduce road safety initiatives, including poster campaigns and walk to school and scoot to school weeks.
Schools may also be able to apply for government grants for sustainable transport.
Mrs Twitchett said the root cause of the congestion and unsafe parking was parents picking their children up from school in the afternoon.
She said at Batley Girls High School, 150 pupils were trying to cross in the same 20-minute period when around 100 vehicles were trying to go along the lane. However she added that it was not considered a high risk road as it was a long, straight road and traffic travelled relatively slowly.
Campaigner Laura Harrison said the road closer to the junior and infant schools was more dangerous and requested a traffic count for that part of the lane.
She said: “I know what you’re saying about it being a green site but the traffic is an issue so something needs to be done for the safety of the kids.”
Campaigners will now develop road safety initiatives in time for Road Safety Awareness Week in November.
Mrs Twitchett said the problems on Windmill Lane needed a ‘holistic approach’ that used a variety of ideas. “If there was a quick fix solution to any of these problems we would have done it by now,” she said.