One-way system in Keighley is set for next year

A map of how Keighley's new one-way system will work

A map of how Keighley's new one-way system will work

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A congestion-busting one-way traffic system in Keighley town centre will be operational by 2015.

That was the message this week from Bradford Council transport bosses, who said initial feasibility work is complete and detailed designs will be drawn up this year.

The scheme – which will see East Parade, Hanover Street and Cavendish Street turned into a one-way network – has been widely welcomed. Campaigners have been calling for action for years to tackle Keighley’s chronic traffic snarl-ups.

Councillor Graham Mitchell – chairman of Keighley Town Council’s watch & transport committee – said the venture was not necessarily the ideal solution, but would provide benefits.

“The ‘big solution’ to all the traffic problems would be a bypass, but that won’t happen – it’s impossible to see where you could realistically build one,” he said.

“A western one would be totally out of the question, and an eastern route would involve bridging the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and the River Worth.

“We therefore have to look at a scaled-down option, and the best we have come up with is the one-way system, which will provide some measurable benefit in the town centre.”

Coun Mitchell added: “The problem with Keighley is there are too many vehicles on the network. But if we can keep traffic flowing in the centre, there won’t be the long queues on roads heading in.

“The alternative is to do nothing, and the situation would just get worse and worse.”

Stuart Hastings, owner of Metro Taxis in Church Street, Keighley, welcomes the scheme.

“Keighley desperately needs it, and we’ve been arguing for it for years. Not everybody will be in favour, but it will suit most people.

“At present, it’s horrendous trying to drive through town. This scheme will help keep traffic flowing and cut delays.”

Steve Seymour, manager of Keighley’s Airedale Shopping Centre and chairman of the Town Centre Association, agrees action is needed.

“I’ve seen the proposal and it has to be welcomed,” he said.

“It won’t be long until the new Worth Valley Shopping Centre opens, and that will add to the traffic problems. The sooner the one-way system is in place, the better.”

Bradford Council has already dedicated almost £1.5 million to the project, which will see East Parade restricted to southbound traffic, Hanover Street northbound and Cavendish Street eastbound. Keighley Area Committee gave its blessing to the proposal last year.

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11:32am Fri 10 Jan 14

Mixter says...

Not nearly comprehensive enough. This wont do a jot for North street - one of the worst affected roads. The traffic grid-locks because it cant progress. It cant progress because its not possible to drive above about fifty yards in any direction because of a surfeit of crossings and lights. You could run a 4 lane freeway through Keighley, and you STILL wouldnt freely pass through without meeting a red light bringing you to a halt every 2 minutes.

The main traffic lights need sorting to accommodate crossings as well, as they do in other countries. Its crazy to have pelican-type crossings between traffic/junction lights, as the roads just arent long enough between.
The one outside the Cavendish has to go - or at the very least have a timer that prevents it being used at will. I have counted this changing up to 8 times as i approach it - very slowly! The Sainsburys crossing; this in particular is superfluous given there are proper lights barely yards lower down. The Asda/college one should have been an underpass from day one as the arches are already there. The only one with any real importance is the St. Annes one, which is also a 'killer' at peak times.

Sort the lights or save the money changing the system, as it will come to nothing.
Not nearly comprehensive enough. This wont do a jot for North street - one of the worst affected roads. The traffic grid-locks because it cant progress. It cant progress because its not possible to drive above about fifty yards in any direction because of a surfeit of crossings and lights. You could run a 4 lane freeway through Keighley, and you STILL wouldnt freely pass through without meeting a red light bringing you to a halt every 2 minutes. The main traffic lights need sorting to accommodate crossings as well, as they do in other countries. Its crazy to have pelican-type crossings between traffic/junction lights, as the roads just arent long enough between. The one outside the Cavendish has to go - or at the very least have a timer that prevents it being used at will. I have counted this changing up to 8 times as i approach it - very slowly! The Sainsburys crossing; this in particular is superfluous given there are proper lights barely yards lower down. The Asda/college one should have been an underpass from day one as the arches are already there. The only one with any real importance is the St. Annes one, which is also a 'killer' at peak times. Sort the lights or save the money changing the system, as it will come to nothing. Mixter
  • Score: 16

3:05pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Kingchaser says...

+1 Mixter!
+1 Mixter! Kingchaser
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Fri 10 Jan 14

steve10 says...

+2 mixter !! This will not change the nightmare that is North Street and some of the locals need to learn and use the highway code correctly.
Wish I had a pound for every time someone comes down the left hand lane to turn down Cavendish Street only to floor it and go straight on !!!Taxis are a law to them selves in Keighley.
+2 mixter !! This will not change the nightmare that is North Street and some of the locals need to learn and use the highway code correctly. Wish I had a pound for every time someone comes down the left hand lane to turn down Cavendish Street only to floor it and go straight on !!!Taxis are a law to them selves in Keighley. steve10
  • Score: 7

6:26pm Fri 10 Jan 14

jimmy k says...

+3 ,surely any idiot can see that this is just going to make it worse at the top of cav.st. and north st. whats the point of making a part of the town one way?as usual a half arsed attempt by the powers that be.
+3 ,surely any idiot can see that this is just going to make it worse at the top of cav.st. and north st. whats the point of making a part of the town one way?as usual a half arsed attempt by the powers that be. jimmy k
  • Score: 7

11:10pm Fri 10 Jan 14

fellridge says...

Mixter wrote:
Not nearly comprehensive enough. This wont do a jot for North street - one of the worst affected roads. The traffic grid-locks because it cant progress. It cant progress because its not possible to drive above about fifty yards in any direction because of a surfeit of crossings and lights. You could run a 4 lane freeway through Keighley, and you STILL wouldnt freely pass through without meeting a red light bringing you to a halt every 2 minutes.

The main traffic lights need sorting to accommodate crossings as well, as they do in other countries. Its crazy to have pelican-type crossings between traffic/junction lights, as the roads just arent long enough between.
The one outside the Cavendish has to go - or at the very least have a timer that prevents it being used at will. I have counted this changing up to 8 times as i approach it - very slowly! The Sainsburys crossing; this in particular is superfluous given there are proper lights barely yards lower down. The Asda/college one should have been an underpass from day one as the arches are already there. The only one with any real importance is the St. Annes one, which is also a 'killer' at peak times.

Sort the lights or save the money changing the system, as it will come to nothing.
Spot on, sort out the crossings (simple's) problem solved
[quote][p][bold]Mixter[/bold] wrote: Not nearly comprehensive enough. This wont do a jot for North street - one of the worst affected roads. The traffic grid-locks because it cant progress. It cant progress because its not possible to drive above about fifty yards in any direction because of a surfeit of crossings and lights. You could run a 4 lane freeway through Keighley, and you STILL wouldnt freely pass through without meeting a red light bringing you to a halt every 2 minutes. The main traffic lights need sorting to accommodate crossings as well, as they do in other countries. Its crazy to have pelican-type crossings between traffic/junction lights, as the roads just arent long enough between. The one outside the Cavendish has to go - or at the very least have a timer that prevents it being used at will. I have counted this changing up to 8 times as i approach it - very slowly! The Sainsburys crossing; this in particular is superfluous given there are proper lights barely yards lower down. The Asda/college one should have been an underpass from day one as the arches are already there. The only one with any real importance is the St. Annes one, which is also a 'killer' at peak times. Sort the lights or save the money changing the system, as it will come to nothing.[/p][/quote]Spot on, sort out the crossings (simple's) problem solved fellridge
  • Score: 1

10:08am Sat 11 Jan 14

Mixter says...

Wot? No dissenters, none??

Can it really be that the townsfolk know whats needed, above folk from City Hall who likely have never attempted to cross the town by road at peak times?? Surely not!
Wot? No dissenters, none?? Can it really be that the townsfolk know whats needed, above folk from City Hall who likely have never attempted to cross the town by road at peak times?? Surely not! Mixter
  • Score: 2

10:48am Sat 11 Jan 14

jimmy k says...

on the subject of lights,i think the fact morrisons have somehow managed to have 2 sets within 200 yards of each other to aide their customers, is proof of how the road network has been managed over the last 20 years.(any insinuation of underhand dealings is purely intentional)
on the subject of lights,i think the fact morrisons have somehow managed to have 2 sets within 200 yards of each other to aide their customers, is proof of how the road network has been managed over the last 20 years.(any insinuation of underhand dealings is purely intentional) jimmy k
  • Score: 5

7:26pm Sat 11 Jan 14

ihillis says...

++ and then they put lights on the 650 roundabout and then more when Asda opened! How many do you have to go through to get from the Keighley bypass onto the Halifax Road.
++ and then they put lights on the 650 roundabout and then more when Asda opened! How many do you have to go through to get from the Keighley bypass onto the Halifax Road. ihillis
  • Score: 2

3:59pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Gobbag Vooar says...

It will be all decided by Bradford M.D.C. No one will listen to the Town Council, so you can make your own mind up, good, or bad.
Overdevelopment on the periphery of the town, compounded by supermarkets has added to the problem.
We, the public will not have any say as usual.
It will be all decided by Bradford M.D.C. No one will listen to the Town Council, so you can make your own mind up, good, or bad. Overdevelopment on the periphery of the town, compounded by supermarkets has added to the problem. We, the public will not have any say as usual. Gobbag Vooar
  • Score: 3

5:34pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Mixter says...

Well, we know for sure they will make an arse of it. Their track record in this department is unequaled!
Well, we know for sure they will make an arse of it. Their track record in this department is unequaled! Mixter
  • Score: 2

7:47pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Little Green Man says...

Gobbag Vooar wrote:
It will be all decided by Bradford M.D.C. No one will listen to the Town Council, so you can make your own mind up, good, or bad.
Overdevelopment on the periphery of the town, compounded by supermarkets has added to the problem.
We, the public will not have any say as usual.
Why should you have any say?
[quote][p][bold]Gobbag Vooar[/bold] wrote: It will be all decided by Bradford M.D.C. No one will listen to the Town Council, so you can make your own mind up, good, or bad. Overdevelopment on the periphery of the town, compounded by supermarkets has added to the problem. We, the public will not have any say as usual.[/p][/quote]Why should you have any say? Little Green Man
  • Score: -3

3:33pm Wed 15 Jan 14

TheGerihatrick says...

A fanciful journey of 4 miles from Granby Lane, Riddlesden to Cross Roads…

Start: Granby Lane
Lights: Granby Lane, canal crossing
Lights: Granby Lane, B6265 Bradford Road
Lights: B6265 Bradford Road, East Riddlesden Hall
Pelican: B6265 Bradford Road, Coop
Pelican: B6265 Bradford Road, Aireworth Road
Lights: A650, Roundabout
Lights: A650, Roundabout
Pelican:A6035 Bradford Road, Towler & Staines
Lights: A6035 Bradford Road, Eastwood Tavern
Pelican: A6035 Bradford Road, Asda
Pelican: A6035 Bradford Road, Railway Station
Lights: A6035 Bradford Road, Sainsbury’s Garage
Lights: A6035 Worth Way, Morrisons
Lights: A6035 Worth Way, Morrisons
Lights:A6035 Worth Way, KwikFit
Pelican:A629 South Street, Keighley Labs
Lights: A629 South Street, Hope & Anchor
Lights: A629 Halifax Road, Worth Valley Inn

12 sets of lights
6 sets of Pelican crossings

18 in total

10 lights/crossings appear in a one mile stretch between A650 roundabout and South Street.

Overall an average: every 400yds
A fanciful journey of 4 miles from Granby Lane, Riddlesden to Cross Roads… Start: Granby Lane Lights: Granby Lane, canal crossing Lights: Granby Lane, B6265 Bradford Road Lights: B6265 Bradford Road, East Riddlesden Hall Pelican: B6265 Bradford Road, Coop Pelican: B6265 Bradford Road, Aireworth Road Lights: A650, Roundabout Lights: A650, Roundabout Pelican:A6035 Bradford Road, Towler & Staines Lights: A6035 Bradford Road, Eastwood Tavern Pelican: A6035 Bradford Road, Asda Pelican: A6035 Bradford Road, Railway Station Lights: A6035 Bradford Road, Sainsbury’s Garage Lights: A6035 Worth Way, Morrisons Lights: A6035 Worth Way, Morrisons Lights:A6035 Worth Way, KwikFit Pelican:A629 South Street, Keighley Labs Lights: A629 South Street, Hope & Anchor Lights: A629 Halifax Road, Worth Valley Inn 12 sets of lights 6 sets of Pelican crossings 18 in total 10 lights/crossings appear in a one mile stretch between A650 roundabout and South Street. Overall an average: every 400yds TheGerihatrick
  • Score: 3

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