Keighley roundabout traffic lights bid revealed

Councillor Andrew Mallinson

Councillor Andrew Mallinson

First published in News

Proposals to put traffic lights on a major Keighley roundabout have been revealed this week.

The £100,000 project would see the ‘signalisation’ of one of the roundabouts on the busy Hard Ings Road.

It would tie-in with plans – currently awaiting Government approval – to transform the route into a dual carriageway.

The roundabout is the middle one of three in Hard Ings Road, near the junction with Royd Way and at the end of the Silsden-Beechcliffe stretch of the Aire Valley Road.

The roundabout at the Victoria Park end of Hard Ings Road already has traffic signals.

But the scheme received a mixed reaction from key politicians involved in efforts to tackle congestion on Keighley roads.

District councillor Andrew Mallinson, a member of Keighley Town Centre Association, said it was vital any lights were designed in context with all other planned traffic schemes in the centre.

He added: “For every junction you alter there is a massive knock-on effect on every other junction in the town.

“On that roundabout, people need to be allowed to go with the flow of the traffic, otherwise it will become a bottleneck.”

But Keighley MP Kris Hopkins said: “I would always welcome investment to improve our local transport infrastructure, particularly in a location that is often very busy and is likely to get busier.”

Bradford Council put forward the new project in a report to the Keighley Area Committee listing potential road safety schemes.

The committee, which meets tonight, will be asked to approve £172,000 of work at various locations around Keighley.

The Hard Ings Road roundabout is on the reserve list, and Bradford Council this week stressed it was unlikely to be implemented before the dual carriageway scheme begins.

A spokesman added: “Govern-ment funding for the dual carriageway scheme is still being negotiated, but feasibility studies for the work will be commencing shortly, with work hopefully beginning on site in 2017.”

Graham Mitchell, the Keighley town councillor who chairs the watch and transport committee, said in his many discussions with Bradford highways officers, nobody had ever suggested traffic lights on the roundabout.

He added: “We’ve been pressing for a dual carriageway on Hard Ings Road for four years.”

Keighley Area Committee chairman, Coun Steve Pullen, said his members had to take into account casualty figures when deciding which road schemes to fund.

The committee report states there have been nine slight injuries in recent years at the roundabout, but no deaths or serious injuries.

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9:52am Thu 10 Apr 14

G_Firth says...

Traffic lights here would not do anything but add to the problem of congestion as well as being a waste of valuable money.
The problem Keighley has is that it needs a full overhaul of it's traffic system but at the present we just do not have that sort of money, as it would require an obscene amount of it.
We need to get out of the sticking plaster fix mentality and actually work out a full plan that would work, price it up, then implement it in sections over the years and yes I do mean years because something like this is not a quick fix.
Traffic lights here would not do anything but add to the problem of congestion as well as being a waste of valuable money. The problem Keighley has is that it needs a full overhaul of it's traffic system but at the present we just do not have that sort of money, as it would require an obscene amount of it. We need to get out of the sticking plaster fix mentality and actually work out a full plan that would work, price it up, then implement it in sections over the years and yes I do mean years because something like this is not a quick fix. G_Firth
  • Score: 1

10:46am Thu 10 Apr 14

Kingchaser says...

Traffic lights here would only make things worse.

The only reason for traffic lights is if it is impossible (because of the flow of traffic) for one stream to join another. That is not the case here. It is a nice big roundabout and at all of the day it is very straightforward to join the stream you need to regardless of which of the three streams it is. There may be a slight delay at peak periods but introducing traffic lights means that one flow is always static and for a short period of time all flows are static as the lights change.

We all know where the bottle-neck is.....it's at the B&Q roundabout. Which has lights. The issue there is two-fold. Too many exits and a dual carriage way being restricted down to one lane.
Traffic lights here would only make things worse. The only reason for traffic lights is if it is impossible (because of the flow of traffic) for one stream to join another. That is not the case here. It is a nice big roundabout and at all of the day it is very straightforward to join the stream you need to regardless of which of the three streams it is. There may be a slight delay at peak periods but introducing traffic lights means that one flow is always static and for a short period of time all flows are static as the lights change. We all know where the bottle-neck is.....it's at the B&Q roundabout. Which has lights. The issue there is two-fold. Too many exits and a dual carriage way being restricted down to one lane. Kingchaser
  • Score: 2

12:16pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Toomanynewhouses says...

The traffic lights at B and q roundabout are out of sequence which causes a lot of the problems.
There are buses and heavy lorries turning out of the side streets blocking traffic, surely blocking off some of these smaller roads by not allowing traffic to turn right into the petrol station , mc Donald's etc will help the flow of traffics.
I think these measures should be used before the traffic light option because. Until the traffic flow is sorted further down the hill it's not going to help higher up.
I suspect this problem will be much much worse
The traffic lights at B and q roundabout are out of sequence which causes a lot of the problems. There are buses and heavy lorries turning out of the side streets blocking traffic, surely blocking off some of these smaller roads by not allowing traffic to turn right into the petrol station , mc Donald's etc will help the flow of traffics. I think these measures should be used before the traffic light option because. Until the traffic flow is sorted further down the hill it's not going to help higher up. I suspect this problem will be much much worse Toomanynewhouses
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Mixter says...

You dont want lights on any roundabouts, you want speed humps.

This would stop folk flying around or straight onto them them, often blocking access for whole minutes. If cars had to reduce speed at the entrance, it would give others in the next entrance time to enter, thus reducing queues.

Slow moving traffic is better than standing traffic, which lights produce.
You dont want lights on any roundabouts, you want speed humps. This would stop folk flying around or straight onto them them, often blocking access for whole minutes. If cars had to reduce speed at the entrance, it would give others in the next entrance time to enter, thus reducing queues. Slow moving traffic is better than standing traffic, which lights produce. Mixter
  • Score: -7

4:27pm Thu 10 Apr 14

TheGerihatrick says...

It seems to be the answer to everything round Keighley – stick some lights and stop the traffic. They’re doing it in Silsden at the bottom of Elliot Street. A spokesperson said that the lights will ‘sense’ when the traffic is backing up and react accordingly. Good luck with that one if they are anything like the ones at Steeton Top. Come rush hour you can be sat in a queue halfway to Silsden one way and nearly back to Eastburn the other so I guess those lights must be ‘senseless’ and should perhaps be replaced by these sooper dooper ‘sensing’ ones.
It seems to be the answer to everything round Keighley – stick some lights and stop the traffic. They’re doing it in Silsden at the bottom of Elliot Street. A spokesperson said that the lights will ‘sense’ when the traffic is backing up and react accordingly. Good luck with that one if they are anything like the ones at Steeton Top. Come rush hour you can be sat in a queue halfway to Silsden one way and nearly back to Eastburn the other so I guess those lights must be ‘senseless’ and should perhaps be replaced by these sooper dooper ‘sensing’ ones. TheGerihatrick
  • Score: 3

1:06pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Mixter says...

Have you even noticed how many accidents occur at major lights when they fail? None, as far as i can remember being reported. Vehicles naturally approach slower, and everyone seems to manage just fine without any lights at all.

And on the same subject, which moron decided that a building full of students (the new college) sited opposite and across a main arterial road from what can only be deemed for this purpose a 'convenience store' (Asda) should be accessed by a lights crossing?

For gods sake open up the adjacent archway under the road, or stick a footbridge in. These lights cause havoc for the whole of that road a quarter of a mile either way.
Have you even noticed how many accidents occur at major lights when they fail? None, as far as i can remember being reported. Vehicles naturally approach slower, and everyone seems to manage just fine without any lights at all. And on the same subject, which moron decided that a building full of students (the new college) sited opposite and across a main arterial road from what can only be deemed for this purpose a 'convenience store' (Asda) should be accessed by a lights crossing? For gods sake open up the adjacent archway under the road, or stick a footbridge in. These lights cause havoc for the whole of that road a quarter of a mile either way. Mixter
  • Score: 5

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