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Campaigner 'has proof' of speeding along road in Keighley
8:50am Friday 18th October 2013 in Keighley
A campaigner hoping to avert a “tragedy” caused by speeding cars on a Keighley road says he now has the proof to get the council to deal with the problem.
Andrew Spence, who lives at Ashbourne Road in Ingrow, has been pushing for the police and Bradford Council to help deal with motorists who use the road as a rat run.
He first raised the issue in May, and police have recently held a speedwatch on the road, which leads to Ingrow Primary School.
During the course of two, one-hour speedwatches, 27 drivers were clocked breaking the road’s 30mph speed limit, with several doing 40 and one caught on their mobile phone while driving.
The speeding drivers have been sent warning letters, and dad-of-two Mr Spence now hopes Bradford Council will use the information to make some changes on the road.
He says traffic-calming measures recently installed in neighbouring Broomhill Avenue meant more drivers used Ashbourne Road as a way of avoiding them.
The police had first agreed to carry out a speedwatch in May, but it was not until earlier this month that it actually took place.
Mr Spence, who attended the speedwatch, said: “There were ten people speeding in the first half-hour – and that is when there were police on the road. You’d think they would slow down if they saw police, but one driver even sped up when he saw us.
“There needs to be something done because in one hour we caught 13 people – imagine how many people speeding there will be over the course of a day. If the council had a speed trap on the road, it would make a fortune.
“Speedwatches like this are a temporary fix, – we need a permanent measure to stop speeding. There is always plenty being done in Bradford – it’s about time something was put back into Keighley.”
A Bradford Council spokes-man said: “We look forward to receiving the information, and when we do, we will look into any action that is required.”
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