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Anger over Eccleshill roundabout
A Bradford councillor is calling for changes to a signal controlled crossing after receiving a “torrent” of complaints from residents about how it operates.
Bradford Council installed the crossing in Harrogate Road, Eccleshill, near St Luke’s School, last summer to deal with concerns about traffic near the school.
That came after parents, who feared their children could be killed crossing the busy road junction, won a “compromise” after they had handed in a 400-name petition requesting safe pedestrian access to St Luke's School.
Parent Emma Heal had told councillors and officers that youngsters walking to school had to cross the roundabout, either on a blind bend or competing with traffic exiting the roundabout and a supermarket car park at speed.
So the road safety measures were put in which included the signal activated traffic lights on a continous loop on part of the roundabout.
But now Councillor Geoff Reid (Lib Dem, Eccleshill), who also lobbied for the measures, said it created needless traffic, backed up queues and had resulted in lots of complaints from residents.
He conducted his own survey of movements on the roundabout and crossing, with the majority of people surveyed in the area saying that they wanted to see the crossing used part time and activated by pedestrians or during school leaving times.
He has now written to Bradford East highways engineer, Andy Fisher, asking for a review of the way the signal controlled crossing is working.
Richard Gelder, the Council’s transportation development manager, said: “We are looking into the content of Coun Reid’s letter about issues surrounding the roundabout at Harrogate Road and will respond to him in due course.”