Keighley speed humps are hailed a success

Keighley News: Councillor Abid Hussain (right) joins residents at the Mornington Street site, where speed bumps have been hailed a success Councillor Abid Hussain (right) joins residents at the Mornington Street site, where speed bumps have been hailed a success

Speed humps have put the brakes on drivers on a notorious Keighley town centre rat run, claim councillors.

They are delighted with the success of the traffic-calming measures introduced last year in the Mornington Street area of Highfield.

They say residents of all ages now feel safe when crossing roads in the heavily-populated neighbourhood of terraced houses.

The measures – in nine streets including Mornington Street and Belgrave Road – were introduced following several years of campaigning by residents and councillors.

They highlighted an increase in vehicles following the introduction of traffic calming elsewhere in Highfield a decade ago.

District councillor Abid Hussain, who represents Keighley Central ward, described the Mornington Street humps as “fantastic”.

He said: “It was a good initiative for the community – they are very safe for everyone, especially young people.

“Older people live in flats nearby, and it was difficult for them if they wanted to go across the road to the shops or Devonshire Park.”

Coun Hussain said residents had been asking for traffic-calming since speed bumps were installed in the Highfield Lane area in 2002.

He added: “Drivers think Mornington Street is a good way to get to North Street, because it’s difficult to go through the rest of Highfield.”

Coun Khadim Hussain, who also represents Keighley Central ward and is the current Lord Mayor of Bradford, said residents had waited a long time for the Mornington Street scheme.

He added: “It was brought to my attention when I was elected for the first time in 2004. We have been working on it ever since.

“Mornington Street has become a rat-run because it’s the only road in Highfield that is free of humps.

“It’s a steep hill, and you can’t turn right from Highfield Lane into North Street, so people come down here instead.”

Streets in Highfield have long been used as a shortcut by drivers trying to reach North Street from areas like Braithwaite, Laycock and Blackhill.

Bradford Council imposed a 20mph zone in and around Highfield Lane in 2002, and added more streets in 2005 after the rat-running traffic moved to nearby Devonshire Street.

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5:36pm Fri 3 Jan 14

TONY "SUGZ" says...

Perhaps the Councilor who is "in-charge" of the Ingrow area will now answer my e:mail (sent at least 18 months ago) regarding speed humps/resident only parking on Grafton Road?...One day there IS going to be an incident on this road. Having said that, i suppose opening an e:mail is rather time consuming for a "busy" councillor/MP
Perhaps the Councilor who is "in-charge" of the Ingrow area will now answer my e:mail (sent at least 18 months ago) regarding speed humps/resident only parking on Grafton Road?...One day there IS going to be an incident on this road. Having said that, i suppose opening an e:mail is rather time consuming for a "busy" councillor/MP TONY "SUGZ"

8:57pm Fri 3 Jan 14

needtoescape says...

I agree Tony I also live in Grafton Road and it is an accident waiting to happen. Since the humps have been put down Broomhill, Grafton Road is being used more as its the only "rat run" without humps. As for getting any kind of response from any Counsellor/MP especially in Keighley you stand more chance of emptying the contents of your bowels into the queens handbag.
I agree Tony I also live in Grafton Road and it is an accident waiting to happen. Since the humps have been put down Broomhill, Grafton Road is being used more as its the only "rat run" without humps. As for getting any kind of response from any Counsellor/MP especially in Keighley you stand more chance of emptying the contents of your bowels into the queens handbag. needtoescape

6:37am Sun 5 Jan 14

steve10 says...

The picture says it all.
The picture says it all. steve10

8:59am Mon 6 Jan 14

MarkPullen says...

I'm interested to know how much the residents of other areas have campaigned for their roads to have safety measures implemented?

I know first hand the difficulties in having BMDC research and then fund restrictions - I was lucky in that West Yorkshire Police were able to provide statistics on the average speeds on a stretch of road and what times of day to reinforce local knowledge/opinion.

The difficulty is quantifying a perceived problem.
I'm interested to know how much the residents of other areas have campaigned for their roads to have safety measures implemented? I know first hand the difficulties in having BMDC research and then fund restrictions - I was lucky in that West Yorkshire Police were able to provide statistics on the average speeds on a stretch of road and what times of day to reinforce local knowledge/opinion. The difficulty is quantifying a perceived problem. MarkPullen

4:42pm Mon 6 Jan 14

jimmy k says...

steve10 wrote:
The picture says it all.
meaning?
[quote][p][bold]steve10[/bold] wrote: The picture says it all.[/p][/quote]meaning? jimmy k

4:51pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Mixter says...

Do speed humps actually prevent accidents? What they are guaranteed to do is is cause CO2 and noise pollution.

Other countries seem to get by without humps bumps and chicanes every 20 yards without carnage on the roads, why is the UK any different?

Yes, fitting them in certain places is bound to drive motorists to roads where there are none. Maybe have none at all, then the traffic would be shared around the road system.

And on the subject of roads, why can there now not be an exit from the very bottom of Vic road to South street now there are lights at the junction?

Traffic turning right from Rawling street to South street definitely IS an accident waiting to happen. Having no real access to a main road for what must be half a mile is bloody ridiculous, for those living above the road, and forcing folk down the side of a school.
Do speed humps actually prevent accidents? What they are guaranteed to do is is cause CO2 and noise pollution. Other countries seem to get by without humps bumps and chicanes every 20 yards without carnage on the roads, why is the UK any different? Yes, fitting them in certain places is bound to drive motorists to roads where there are none. Maybe have none at all, then the traffic would be shared around the road system. And on the subject of roads, why can there now not be an exit from the very bottom of Vic road to South street now there are lights at the junction? Traffic turning right from Rawling street to South street definitely IS an accident waiting to happen. Having no real access to a main road for what must be half a mile is bloody ridiculous, for those living above the road, and forcing folk down the side of a school. Mixter

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