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Fears have been voiced about plans to transform a traffic-choked Keighley road into a dual carriageway
Fears have been voiced about plans to transform a traffic-choked Keighley road into a dual carriageway.
Businesses and residents in Hard Ings Road were only alerted to the latest congestion-busting scheme when they read about it in last week’s Keighley News.
The multi-million pound proposal is among 12 transport schemes district-wide being put forward by Bradford Council for government approval.
Jean Harper, whose terraced home fronts on to Hard Ings Road, said the traffic problems should have been foreseen by the authorities years ago.
“When they opened dual carriageway either end of Hard Ings Road but left this stretch untouched, they should have realised what the consequences would be,” she said. “How did they think it would work?
“It would have been far better if they had instead built a bypass to the north, around the area of the former Magnet factory. That would have made more sense.”
Mrs Harper, 72, said the idea of upgrading Hard Ings Road had first been mooted many years ago.
“I’ve lived here more than 20 years and it was being talked about then,” she said.
“I have done a lot of work to my house and garden, so if I was forced to move out I would want to be fully recompensed. But I would prefer to stay put.
“It would certainly impact on my life, one way or another, but the extent would be dependent on how they carried out the work. If I didn’t lose my house, I could lose part of my front garden.”
Scott Hodson, assistant manager at United Carpets & Woodfloor on the opposite side of Hard Ings Road, also expressed concerns.
“I just can’t see how it would work,” he said. “There are far too many buildings along here.
“Also, we have the ambulance station, and if the road became dual carriageway, ambulances wanting to turn right out of there would have to waste valuable time going left to the roundabout and then coming back on themselves. It’s just not practical. A proper bypass is a better option.”
Local authorities across the region are sharing in a £1 billion fund for major road and rail projects, and each council has drawn up details for the Department for Transport, which is contributing £183 million.
The rest of the money would be added to the pot by the five local authorities in West Yorkshire, as well as York City Council and the local transport authority.
The Keighley scheme also includes improvements to the town centre, where a one-way system along Cavendish Street, East Parade and Hanover Street has already received £1.5 million of funding.
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