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Council to smooth down tarmac after cars are damaged by speed deterrents
Hedley Butterfield with his Mercedes at one of the speed bumps in Nab Wood Drive that he claims is damaging his car
Steep new speed humps installed only days ago in a Shipley neighbourhood are too severe and will have to be smoothed down, Bradford Council has admitted after a flurry of complaints from drivers.
The broad humps aimed at deterring commuters from taking short cuts along roads such as Nab Wood Lane and Nab Wood Drive in Nab Wood have even sparked criticism from councillors.
“On the first day they were in I turned in Nab Wood Lane and there were no signs saying 20mph, but the humps were already there.
“The signs should have gone in first to warn people.
“The humps are just like doorsteps, there is no grading on them at all.
“You can’t even go over them at 15mph, but the signs are there still saying 30mph,” Coun Heseltine said.
“There was enough controversy over these humps in the first place – they have to be put in right or this is what gives traffic-calming schemes a bad name.”
Councillor Martin Love (Green, Shipley) is a keen supporter of the Nab Wood scheme, but said he had received complaints from angry drivers.
“I’ve had comments that they are higher than supposed to be – the height should be 75 millimetres,” he said.
“I suspect it maybe because they are not finished and need new surfacing in the approach to them.”
He said engineers had been measuring the height of humps installed so far.
Hedley Butterfield, 77, of Nab Lane, said his Mercedes-Benz estate had ‘grounded’ as he drove over a new speed hump outside Fairmount Nursing Home in Nab Wood Drive.
“I went over at the normal speed and it scraped my car,” said Mr Butterfield, who runs an MOT test centre in Halifax.
“There was just me in the car. If there had been three passengers, I’d probably have got stuck. There’ll be marks on the hump where the car’s scrapped.
“We did object to say damage could be caused to cars.
He has met a Council officer to discuss the problem.
Richard Ellis, the council engineer overseeing the Nab Wood scheme, said: “The camber on some of the roads from the centre to its edge is far greater that it should be. This leads to an illusion that the humps are higher than they actually are.
“The issue lies in the fact the rise between the existing road surface up on to the humps is short. The humps should have been constructed with a more circular profile which would have reduced their severity.”
Richard Gelder, Bradford Council transport development manager, said: “We will be asking contractors to carry out further work on the road humps in Nab Wood Lane to make them less severe than they are at the moment.
“We expect that the work will be completed by the end of this month.”