THE 20 most dangerous stretches of road in Bradford over the last five years can be revealed today, as one councillor described driving standards in the city as "appalling."

Figures from the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership show that, between 2010 and 2014, there were 6,428 collisions on the district's roads. Of those, 63 resulted in a death.

There were 614 accidents in 2014, up from 551 the previous year.

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The most accidents (542) happened on the 18-km long A650, which runs through the district from Birstall to Keighley, passing through areas such as Tong, Bowling, Manningham and Shipley. Nine of the top ten roads for number of accidents have speed enforcement cameras on them.

The partnership broke the figures down for the Telegraph & Argus, revealing which stretches of road have the worst accident rate, and which sites it has most concerns about.

Reasons for accidents included drivers ignoring traffic light signals, performing U-turns where they shouldn't, and overtaking.

A 0.78km stretch of Great Horton Road, in Great Horton, between its junctions with Ewart Street and Frank Street, was considered the most dangerous. There were 39 accidents between 2010 and 2014, including one where an ambulance overturned in October 2014.

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None of the collisions on that stretch were fatal, but ten resulted in serious injuries. The partnership said the accident rate - which takes into account factors such as amount of traffic on the road, and length and type of the road - was 410 per cent higher than the national rate.

Nine of the accidents involved pedestrians, five of who were seriously injured. Six collisions happened because drivers ignored traffic lights.

Councillor Joanne Dodds (Lab, Great Horton) said: "It does not surprise me at all. The driving standards are appalling.

"Within the community at our last ward forum, the number one issue raised was the driving standards, seatbelts, speeding, and things like that.

"I have seen it myself. It is absolutely shocking. The attitudes are shocking. People will just not wait in a queue.

"There is going to be a fatality if we are not careful."

Cllr Abdul Jabar (Lab, Great Horton) said: "I just request all drivers to be very careful when coming down that road and to think about what they are doing, and if they are speeding.

"Think about the families of people affected by collisions, and think about themselves.

"There has been quite a few accidents there and I would just urge motorists to be very careful. And to think."

The partnership said a low-cost scheme designed to improve conditions for pedestrians was earmarked to be introduced in the 2015/16 financial year.

Andrew Smith, Bradford Council's principal highway engineer, said roads like Leeds Road - sections of which came fifth and seventh in the accident rate list - would be expected to have more accidents because it was "very busy with lots of side streets".

Second on the list was the A629 Skipton Road/North Street in Keighley, between Castle Road and 40 metres north of Low Street. There were 62 accidents between 2010 and 2014, 12 of them serious and 24 involving pedestrians. The accident rate was 373 per cent above the national rate.

Haworth Road in Heaton, between Chellow Grange Road and Highfield Gardens, was third. It saw 23 accidents on a 0.8km stretch in the time frame - 338 per cent above the national accident rate for that type of road.

Fourth was Manningham Lane's stretch between Queen's Road and Drewton Road in Manningham, which saw 48 accidents - one resulting in a death and five of which were serious. Thirteen accidents involved vehicles turning left or right from Manningham Lane across the path of other vehicles. Four involved injudicious U-turn manoeuvres.

The partnership said issues relating to misuse of a bus lane needed to be addressed.

The top five was completed by Leeds Road, between its junction with Buck Street and 30 metres west of Killinghall Road. There were 70 accidents on that stretch in the timeframe, nine of which were serious.

Seventeen of the accidents involved pedestrians, and seven of those were children.

The rest of the top ten was: "Barkerend Road (Harewood Street to Killinghall Road); Leeds Road (Killinghall Road to Gipsy Street); Whetley Lane (Thornton Road to Toller Lane); Killinghall Road (Leeds Old Road to Leeds Road); and Allerton Road/Pearson Lane (Chapel Lane to Daisy Hill) in Allerton.

Simon D'Vali, Bradford Council's chairman of the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership, said: "In 2013, we saw the lowest casualty levels ever on record, both locally and nationally. In 2014, there has been a slight increase but it is still much lower than at any point during the last ten years.

"While no-one wants to see a rise, the year fluctuation could be a one-off so at present, we are monitoring the situation but there is no need for alarm. Only by the end of 2015 will we have a true picture of the direction.

"West Yorkshire has an excellent partnership working arrangement around road safety and with the advent of the new Single Transport Plan, we are offered the opportunity to review current practices to see what works and what we might change in terms of extracting the maximum benefit from the Safer Roads programme.

"The evidence-led approach is assisting this process, and documents such as the Sites and Lengths for Concern are of paramount importance."

Mike Bristow, spokesman for Brake, the road safety charity, said: "It is disappointing to see that drivers in Bradford are deliberately flouting the law, risking the lives of others and themselves.

"As drivers, riders, cyclists and pedestrians, we all have an important role to play to make sure we are safe on the roads. However, there are a number of measures the government should be taking to reduce road casualties across the country, including tougher sentencing for dangerous driving as well as 20mph default urban speed limits."

If you have pictures of a collision in Bradford or dashboard footage of dangerous driving, send them to or call the news team on 01274 705292

Click here to read about the junctions in Bradford that are deemed to be 'sites for concern'