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Traders to hold talks on impact of Saltaire roundabout work
Traders will tomorrow meet to discuss the impact on their businesses of work to replace Saltaire roundabout with an amended junction controlled by traffic lights.
And Saltaire traders spokesman David Ford said the lengthening peak-time traffic jams experienced this week after all remaining schools returned from the summer break marked the end of the “phoney war”.
Mr Ford said people in the area remained anxious about the changes which will take until early next year to complete.
“When the roundabout went and the lights arrived it was like the end of the Phoney War before the Second World War,” Mr Ford said. “People are wary about driving through the roadworks and this week has been particularly hair-raising.”
He said: “There have been minor complaints about the new lights installed beside the petrol station on Bingley Road.
“And there have been incidents of drivers jumping or missing the lights. Clearly motorists are having to adjust to the temporary set-up.”
He said the long slow jams of recent days were a necessary evil in what would be a successful scheme.
“People have expected this redesign would cause inconvenience and people are prepared for it – after all, it’s been four years in coming,” he said, adding that the roads had already improved around Saltaire Primary School.
“There is a lot less traffic and the double yellow lines on Clarence Road and Hirst Lane have made things much better already.”
Coun Warnes said the removal of parking spaces in Hirst Road had been a difficult but essential decision for Bradford Council to take.
“Hirst Lane would have been a deal breaker if we had to keep the parking,” he said. “The whole scheme might have had to be abandoned and that would have been a disaster.”
He said the Council had considered the impact on traders of removing parking in Hirst Road and had acted for the common good.
Richard Bruce, principal engineer for Bradford Council, said: “The improvement work at Saltaire roundabout is progressing well. We have been working with local people and businesses to ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum while this essential work is carried out.”
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