Road safety plans in wake of tragic Bradford deaths

Norman Cowen

Scene of Norman Cowen's accident

First published in News

Steps are set to be taken to improve safety on a Bradford road where three pedestrians have been killed since 2010.

Manningham Lane is one of five roads in the Bradford West area where priority action is said to be needed to reduce deaths and serious injuries.

The three pedestrians who died were: * Iris Moss, 68, who was hit by a car in June, 2010. The male driver was later jailed for a year for causing death while driving without insurance; * Norman Cowen, 50, who was struck by a speeding car in January last year. The car driver was later given a suspended six-month jail sentence for causing death by careless driving; * Steven Ley, 56, who was in an accident with a silver Volkswagen Polo last November.

In addition, between 2009 and 2013, there were two crashes in which people were badly injured and 33 accidents in which people suffered slight injuries.

Bradford West Area Committee will this week be asked to approve spending £30,000 on traffic management measures in Manningham Lane, between the junctions of Grosvenor Road and Bowland Street. The plan is part of a £142,500 package of road safety work proposed for the west of the city.

The other four priorities are: l Installing a double mini roundabout at a cost of £17,500 at the junction of Allerton Road and Bullroyd Lane. There have been two serious accidents and five where people have received slight injuries in the last five years l Providing a pedestrian refuge and improvements to Give Way signs at a cost of £10,000 at the Summerville Road and Woodhead Road junction following two serious accidents and three where people received slight injuries l Carrying out traffic calming at a cost of £35,000 at Stoney Ridge Road, following one serious accident and 15 where people suffered slight injuries l And a lane closure, turning area and mini roundabout at the Daisy Hill, Crow Tree Lane and Pearson Lane junction, at a cost of £50,000, following 22 accidents resulting in slight injuries.

In addition a total of £42,000 is expected to be spent on traffic management schemes in Bradford West, including traffic regulation orders, access measures and disabled parking spaces.

Funding for all the schemes comes from Bradford’s share of the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority funding to implement the local transport plan. This year 70 per cent of the funding must be spent on casualty reduction schemes, identified using data on the number and type of accidents. As a result, Bradford West has a budget of £203,000 for 2014/15, with £142,100 for casualty reduction and £60,900 for other community priority schemes.

Mike Cowlam, Bradford Council’s interim strategic director for regeneration and culture, states in a report to the area committee: “It has been acknowledged at a West Yorkshire level that there needs to be a re-focus on casualty reduction in order to meet the Killed or Seriously Injured (KSI) reduction target within the Local Transport Plan.

“There is has been determined that the next three year implementation plan will introduce an evidence-based approach to prioritise a significant proportion of the budget available for traffic management measures to address those sites where it is expected that highways improvements will improve safety and reduce casualties.”

The report will be discussed at the area committee meeting being held on Wednesday at 6pm at Bradford City Hall.

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7:09am Mon 21 Apr 14

Albion. says...

While some of these measures might improve things, most of the incidents involved dangerous drivers. They'll still be dangerous!
While some of these measures might improve things, most of the incidents involved dangerous drivers. They'll still be dangerous! Albion.
  • Score: 20

7:55am Mon 21 Apr 14

Simon4567 says...

A number of the incidents reported on were caused by idiots either going too fast or just being incapable of driving in which case why are they allowed on the road ?

Surely the right thing to do is stop the idiots driving thus making the roads a safer place for everyone instead of implementing measures that affect everyone en masse slowing traffic flow and causing misery for the majority of safe drivers.

Of course that would actually require active monitoring and control by the police whereas implementing traffic calming is a method by which the council can just tick the box and say that they have done something about it whilst the real problem doesn't actually go away.

Most traffic calming measures are useless, I have been overtaken by impatient drivers when slowing to go over speed bumps on Avondale Road. I care about my car so I have to slow down to about 10mph or lower to cross most speed bump otherwise it grounds out at the front.

The people you are trying to target don't care about their cars, they don't care about 20mp zones, they don't care about driving sensibly in 30mph zones. They will drive at speed through residential areas regardless of whether there are speed bumps or not because they think it's a laugh to do so and they know that there is no-one there to stop them doing it.
A number of the incidents reported on were caused by idiots either going too fast or just being incapable of driving in which case why are they allowed on the road ? Surely the right thing to do is stop the idiots driving thus making the roads a safer place for everyone instead of implementing measures that affect everyone en masse slowing traffic flow and causing misery for the majority of safe drivers. Of course that would actually require active monitoring and control by the police whereas implementing traffic calming is a method by which the council can just tick the box and say that they have done something about it whilst the real problem doesn't actually go away. Most traffic calming measures are useless, I have been overtaken by impatient drivers when slowing to go over speed bumps on Avondale Road. I care about my car so I have to slow down to about 10mph or lower to cross most speed bump otherwise it grounds out at the front. The people you are trying to target don't care about their cars, they don't care about 20mp zones, they don't care about driving sensibly in 30mph zones. They will drive at speed through residential areas regardless of whether there are speed bumps or not because they think it's a laugh to do so and they know that there is no-one there to stop them doing it. Simon4567
  • Score: 18

8:29am Mon 21 Apr 14

mad matt says...

When you see the poor standards of driver tuition from certain 'official' driving instructors, it's no wonder we have a generation of drivers on the road that don't have a clue how to drive safely and courteously.
When you see the poor standards of driver tuition from certain 'official' driving instructors, it's no wonder we have a generation of drivers on the road that don't have a clue how to drive safely and courteously. mad matt
  • Score: 17

9:33am Mon 21 Apr 14

jackw says...

Thanks Simon that's it exactly. They have reduced our road to 20 mph. The residents weren't consulted and I am still waiting fir my request for the accident figures as to my knowledge there has been no accidents. They admitted they cannot police it so it's been a waste of money.
Thanks Simon that's it exactly. They have reduced our road to 20 mph. The residents weren't consulted and I am still waiting fir my request for the accident figures as to my knowledge there has been no accidents. They admitted they cannot police it so it's been a waste of money. jackw
  • Score: 8

9:34am Mon 21 Apr 14

northern pig says...

The punishment meted out to those who cause serious traffic accidents is laughable,the sooner stiffer punishments are imposed by the courts the better.The problem is that the persons circumstances are taken into consideration for driving without tax,insurance and m.o.t it does not work.The penalty for death by dangerous driving can be substantial but unfortunately judges choose not to use it too often.The editorial that precedes this forum speaks for itself. Causing death, driving without insurance, jailed for a year!!Causing death by careless driving.Suspended sentence!!. In the wrong hands a car is an offensive weapon.The punishment should reflect that consistently. It an excuse to blame layout of the carriage way.
The punishment meted out to those who cause serious traffic accidents is laughable,the sooner stiffer punishments are imposed by the courts the better.The problem is that the persons circumstances are taken into consideration for driving without tax,insurance and m.o.t it does not work.The penalty for death by dangerous driving can be substantial but unfortunately judges choose not to use it too often.The editorial that precedes this forum speaks for itself. Causing death, driving without insurance, jailed for a year!!Causing death by careless driving.Suspended sentence!!. In the wrong hands a car is an offensive weapon.The punishment should reflect that consistently. It an excuse to blame layout of the carriage way. northern pig
  • Score: 15

9:43am Mon 21 Apr 14

pcmanners says...

How many of the idiots that we see driving badly in Bradford actually sat their test themselves? How many paid somebody to do it for them? Corruption is a way of life for some communities.
How many of the idiots that we see driving badly in Bradford actually sat their test themselves? How many paid somebody to do it for them? Corruption is a way of life for some communities. pcmanners
  • Score: 23

10:54am Mon 21 Apr 14

Freddy Elliot says...

The red light actually means keep going if your gonna get away with it. Happens down Kings/Queens Road lights all the time. I was on foot there earlier in the year and a police car saw the whole thing. I looked at the policeman with open arms to say 'well then?', but he chose to ignore the infringement. Oh those naughty boys in their Audis and Evoques!
The red light actually means keep going if your gonna get away with it. Happens down Kings/Queens Road lights all the time. I was on foot there earlier in the year and a police car saw the whole thing. I looked at the policeman with open arms to say 'well then?', but he chose to ignore the infringement. Oh those naughty boys in their Audis and Evoques! Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 13

11:19am Mon 21 Apr 14

Ian H 1971 says...

Albion. wrote:
While some of these measures might improve things, most of the incidents involved dangerous drivers. They'll still be dangerous!
Pedestrians are also dangerous to other drivers with their sheep like wandering around the roads, causing traffic to swerve around them or slam on. Neither roads nor cars are dangerous... people are to blame.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: While some of these measures might improve things, most of the incidents involved dangerous drivers. They'll still be dangerous![/p][/quote]Pedestrians are also dangerous to other drivers with their sheep like wandering around the roads, causing traffic to swerve around them or slam on. Neither roads nor cars are dangerous... people are to blame. Ian H 1971
  • Score: 2

11:26am Mon 21 Apr 14

Albion. says...

Ian H 1971 wrote:
Albion. wrote:
While some of these measures might improve things, most of the incidents involved dangerous drivers. They'll still be dangerous!
Pedestrians are also dangerous to other drivers with their sheep like wandering around the roads, causing traffic to swerve around them or slam on. Neither roads nor cars are dangerous... people are to blame.
I said "most of the incidents involved dangerous drivers" why attach something about pedestrians? The fact is that most of the incidents here involved dangerous driving.
[quote][p][bold]Ian H 1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: While some of these measures might improve things, most of the incidents involved dangerous drivers. They'll still be dangerous![/p][/quote]Pedestrians are also dangerous to other drivers with their sheep like wandering around the roads, causing traffic to swerve around them or slam on. Neither roads nor cars are dangerous... people are to blame.[/p][/quote]I said "most of the incidents involved dangerous drivers" why attach something about pedestrians? The fact is that most of the incidents here involved dangerous driving. Albion.
  • Score: 9

1:23pm Mon 21 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

mad matt wrote:
When you see the poor standards of driver tuition from certain 'official' driving instructors, it's no wonder we have a generation of drivers on the road that don't have a clue how to drive safely and courteously.
Just come out with it, BNP/EDL supporter.
[quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: When you see the poor standards of driver tuition from certain 'official' driving instructors, it's no wonder we have a generation of drivers on the road that don't have a clue how to drive safely and courteously.[/p][/quote]Just come out with it, BNP/EDL supporter. The Hoffster
  • Score: -5

1:38pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Freddy Elliot says...

Not like you Hoff to be on the defensive!
Not like you Hoff to be on the defensive! Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 8

3:05pm Mon 21 Apr 14

WorthDoingRight says...

There is very poor driving all over Bradford not just in one part of the city. The only way to stop it is for the police to start to enforce things like speed limits etc. I live on a raod which is a 20mph speed limit but, you wouldn't think it was with the speed of most of the drivers driving along it. When are those in charge going to realise 20mph speed limits just don't work unless you enforce them.

How about other roads such as Wakefield Road, Manchester Road, Rooley Lane & Shipley Airedale Road where if you are the one of the few sticking to the speed limit you think you have nearly stopped.

It doesn't matter how much you spend on altering the roads as it will still remain the same. The only way is enforcement & educating the bad drivers.
There is very poor driving all over Bradford not just in one part of the city. The only way to stop it is for the police to start to enforce things like speed limits etc. I live on a raod which is a 20mph speed limit but, you wouldn't think it was with the speed of most of the drivers driving along it. When are those in charge going to realise 20mph speed limits just don't work unless you enforce them. How about other roads such as Wakefield Road, Manchester Road, Rooley Lane & Shipley Airedale Road where if you are the one of the few sticking to the speed limit you think you have nearly stopped. It doesn't matter how much you spend on altering the roads as it will still remain the same. The only way is enforcement & educating the bad drivers. WorthDoingRight
  • Score: 7

5:07pm Mon 21 Apr 14

wrongsideofthetracks says...

One quick fix to make the roads in Bradford safer.

Revoke 80% of the licenses of the plethora of private hire vehicles. Most of the drivers of these vehicles are lunatics.
One quick fix to make the roads in Bradford safer. Revoke 80% of the licenses of the plethora of private hire vehicles. Most of the drivers of these vehicles are lunatics. wrongsideofthetracks
  • Score: 11

9:23pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Freddy Elliot says...

Unfortunately 'wrongsideofthetrack
s' that would single out an ethnic portion of our makeup so therefore would be deemed racist.
Unfortunately 'wrongsideofthetrack s' that would single out an ethnic portion of our makeup so therefore would be deemed racist. Freddy Elliot
  • Score: 6

10:18pm Mon 21 Apr 14

northern pig says...

wrongsideofthetracks wrote:
One quick fix to make the roads in Bradford safer.

Revoke 80% of the licenses of the plethora of private hire vehicles. Most of the drivers of these vehicles are lunatics.
Who is going to drive you home from the pub, wen you are awkward and ****, any cheaper? I had ago to supplement my income,when my kids were young.Don't even go there pal ,unless you have done it!
[quote][p][bold]wrongsideofthetracks[/bold] wrote: One quick fix to make the roads in Bradford safer. Revoke 80% of the licenses of the plethora of private hire vehicles. Most of the drivers of these vehicles are lunatics.[/p][/quote]Who is going to drive you home from the pub, wen you are awkward and ****, any cheaper? I had ago to supplement my income,when my kids were young.Don't even go there pal ,unless you have done it! northern pig
  • Score: 1

10:55pm Mon 21 Apr 14

johnhem says...

The Hoffster wrote:
mad matt wrote:
When you see the poor standards of driver tuition from certain 'official' driving instructors, it's no wonder we have a generation of drivers on the road that don't have a clue how to drive safely and courteously.
Just come out with it, BNP/EDL supporter.
looking for excuses to bring racism into it spinHOFF? you must be missing spouting your vile invective on the defunct T&A forum, even though it was through your, and like minded, racist comments that got it shut down.
the topic is driving, pushHOFF, please stick to it or stay HOFF all together. all it takes is something you disagree with but how about this......... Friday afternoon by morrisons, girlington. passed on inside at red lights (they went through) by a driving local "school". is that good standard instruction?
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: When you see the poor standards of driver tuition from certain 'official' driving instructors, it's no wonder we have a generation of drivers on the road that don't have a clue how to drive safely and courteously.[/p][/quote]Just come out with it, BNP/EDL supporter.[/p][/quote]looking for excuses to bring racism into it spinHOFF? you must be missing spouting your vile invective on the defunct T&A forum, even though it was through your, and like minded, racist comments that got it shut down. the topic is driving, pushHOFF, please stick to it or stay HOFF all together. all it takes is something you disagree with but how about this......... Friday afternoon by morrisons, girlington. passed on inside at red lights (they went through) by a driving local "school". is that good standard instruction? johnhem
  • Score: 2

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