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Police to take action over Keighley 'race track' road
Police insist they have not forgotten about a road in Keighley that one resident says is a “tragedy waiting to happen” thanks to speeding drivers.
They were in response to calls by Andrew Spence, a resident who said the road was being used as a “race track” and the speeding could lead to a tragedy if action was not taken.
But after more than four months, Mr Spence said there has been little to no police activity, and the problem has got worse.
After the Telegraph & Argus raised the issue with the police, they contacted Mr Spence to arrange a speedwatch in the coming week.
He hopes that, if a speedwatch proves that people are driving dangerously on the road, there will be enough evidence for residents to go to Bradford Council and ask for traffic-calming measures to be installed.
Mr Spence, who has a two-year-old daughter Hollie and six-week-old son Riley with partner Sophie Richardson, said: “They did apologise that nothing had been done.
"It has got worse because the Council have put speed bumps on Broomhill Avenue, so we’ve got a situation now when people speed through Ashbourne Road to avoid them.
“Hopefully if we do the speedwatch and catch enough people speeding the Council will be able to do something.
“If I didn’t do anything and something happened I would feel terrible.”
A spokesman for the police said: “A PCSO visited Mr Spence in May to try and arrange a suitable date for a Speedwatch operation, however due to other commitments was unable to find a date in the coming weeks that was suitable for both parties.
“The issue has not been forgotten though and an operation is planned in Ashbourne Road in the near future.
“A number of other Speedwatch operations have been conducted in the vicinity over recent months. This includes a speeding operation last month in Exley Head during which over 20 vehicles were caught travelling over the speed limit in an hour period.
“Letters have been sent to all the drivers involved warning them of the perils of speeding.”
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