8:20am Friday 22nd June 2012
By Hannah Baker
A new consultation is under way on controversial plans for a traffic-calming scheme in Shipley.
The original scheme – designed to stop speeding and rat-running in Nab Wood and Moorhead by introducing 20mph zones – was rejected by the Shipley Area Committee in January after objections were raised by residents.
The plans have now been reassessed following recent changes to legislation on 20mph zones, which allow for a reduced number of physical calming measures.
Changes to the original scheme include retaining the 30mph speed limit along Moorhead Lane but installing raised junctions at the junctions with Avondale Road, Ashfield Road and an existing zebra crossing. The number of vertical calming features has been reduced from six to three.
In Nab Wood, the number of calming measures has been cut from 52 to 18 with speed limit warnings painted in the road and 20mph repeater signs proposed at sites originally earmarked for road humps or other vertical features.
Block-paving has been proposed at the Sherwood Grove, Highfield Terrace and Bromley Road junctions with Bingley Road to slow down crossing traffic and turning vehicles.
Councillor Martin Love (Green, Shipley) said if the plans were approved work could begin by the start of next year. He said: “We desperately need to do something to reduce the volumes of traffic through those areas and speeds of them as well.
“I hope people will respond to the consultation. It’s a much thinner scheme than the original one.”
Work is due to start this summer on 20mph zones in Saltaire, Wycliffe and Hirst Wood, which were agreed by councillors on the committee earlier this year.
The schemes are both part of a wider £3.3million project to improve traffic flow and safety at the notorious Saltaire Roundabout.
Bradford Council’s senior highways officers have sought permission to press ahead with the traffic calming measures before replacing the roundabout.
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