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£100,000 roundabout plan for Keighley
Proposals to put traffic lights on a major roundabout have been revealed.
The £100,000 project would see the “signalisation” of one of the roundabouts on busy Hard Ings Road, Keighley.
It would tie in with plans – awaiting Government approval – to turn Hard Ings Road into a dual carriageway.
The traffic lights scheme received a mixed reaction from politicians involved in efforts to tackle congestion on Keighley roads. The roundabout is the middle one of three on Hard Ings Road, near the junction with Royd Way and at the end of the Silsden-Beechcliffe stretch of the Aire Valley Road.
The roundabout at the Victoria Park end of Hard Ings Road already has traffic signals. Bradford Council put forward the new project in a report to Keighley Area Committee listing potential road safety schemes.
The committee, which meets tonight, will be asked to approve £172,000 of work at locations around Keighley.
The Hard Ings Road roundabout is on the reserve list, and Bradford Council stressed it was unlikely to be planned or implemented before the dual carriageway scheme begins.
A spokesman added: “Government funding for the dual carriageway scheme is still being negotiated but feasibility studies for the work will be commencing shortly with work hopefully beginning on site in 2017.”
District Councillor Andrew Mallinson, a member of Keighley Town Centre Association, said it was vital that any roundabout scheme was designed in context with all other planned schemes in central Keighley.
Graham Mitchell, the Keighley town councillor who chairs the watch and transport committee, said that in his many discussions with Bradford highways officers nobody had ever suggested traffic lights on the roundabout.
Keighley Area Committee chairman Steve Pullen said his members had to take into account casualty figures when deciding which schemes to fund.
The committee report states that there have been nine slight injuries in recent years at the roundabout, but no deaths or serious injuries.
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