Changes aim to cut road deaths in Keighley

Changes to busy North Street in Keighley are among a £120,000 package of road safety work across the constituency.

Keighley Area Committee last week approved spending on schemes in Steeton, Riddlesden, Marley, Beechliffe, Ilkley and central Keighley.

The improvements, funded from Bradford Council’s Safer Roads budget, aim to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured in accidents.

The North Street scheme will cost £35,000 and follows accidents that have caused five deaths or serious injuries, and 15 slight injuries, in recent years.

The stretch of road concerned is from Keighley Civic Centre to the Keighley News building, running past Keighley library and the Cavendish Street junction.

Work will include junction and lighting improvements, pedestrian facilities and changes to the way lanes are marked.

A £5,000 scheme will improve visibility for drivers at the nearby Surenes Road/Russell Street junction.

Committee members also approved £10,000 for cycle safety improvements along Main Road and Skipton Road between Eastburn and Steeton, and £30,000 for pedestrian and cycle improvements on Bradford Road, Riddlesden.

They agreed £15,000 for high-friction surfacing and warning signs for the Aire Valley Road roundabout at Aireworth Road, Marley.

They will spend £10,000 on a shared footway and cycleway on Hard Ings Road, Keighley, by the railway bridge.

Keighley Area Committee has been given a total of £172,000 from the council’s district-wide £923,000 Safer Roads budget.

Members decided where to spend the £120,000 casualty-reduction component of the budget, after studying research into the amount of people killed or seriously injured on each road.

The remaining £52,000 can be spent on other schemes that meet the committee members’ own priorities for Keighley roads.

The committee decided to spend £5,000 each on vehicle-activated speed limit signs, safe routes to schools, and mobility improvements. They will spend £7,000 on anti-skid surfacing pedestrian crossings across Keighley and Ilkley.

The remaining £30,000 will be spent on Traffic Regulation Orders including parking restrictions and lorry bans.

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