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Road safety plans in wake of tragic Bradford deaths
7:00am Monday 21st April 2014 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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