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Council to monitor Odsal roundabout after complaints from commuters
Complaints of traffic chaos at Odsal Top roundabout are being logged by Bradford Council, but it will remain three lanes despite reports of accidents caused by confused driving.
School secretary Jade Hayes was commuting to work on Friday morning when her Peugeot 206 was involved in a collision with a private hire cab.
Miss Hayes, 22, had been on her way to Crossley Primary School, in Thornton Road, when she was involved in the collision, which led to her vehicle spinning 90 degrees in heavy traffic.
She said: “My car spun in the rain and I put my hazards on and just made it off the roundabout.”
Miss Hayes said her regular journey to work had become far worse since the roundabout changes.
“The roundabout is just too small to take three lanes and it’s so complicated that in rush hour they are just cutting across lanes,” Miss Hayes said.
Her father Charles Hayes also uses the roundabout and said he felt the lack of signs explaining the changes to routes was a major issue.
“It’s become a deathtrap, the road markings mean nothing and there are no warning signs at all,” he said.
Cyclist Andy Barker contacted the T&A to say how he had been knocked from his bike while negotiating Odsal Top roundabout on his daily commute.
“The new priorities are confusing drivers and making an already dangerous roundabout into a nightmare.”
He also wrote to Bradford Council to ask why there are no notices telling road users of the changes. He was told in an e-mail shown to the T&A: “The new layout is correct and will not be reverting back to the old format.
“However, we do recognise the confusion this has caused to the public.”
Mr Barker said: “No doubt it will be rapidly reviewed once there is a fatality.”
Richard Gelder, Bradford Council’s transportation development manager said: “We are aware of problems that people have been having at Odsal roundabout since the new layout was introduced following resurfacing.
“The decision to go from two lanes to three was aimed at allowing for an increase in traffic at the roundabout.
“As with any changes it does take a while for drivers to become accustomed to the new layout.
“We are continuing to monitor the situation and will be looking at what further measures to clarify the changes.”
Transport executive Councillor Val Slater (Lab, Royds) said she was aware of concerns from comments made at neighbourhood forums.
“I use the roundabout myself and there are clear markings in the road and if people pay attention it is quite clear, although it is difficult as there are so many exits. We will continue to monitor the situation,” she said.
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