Serious concerns for pedestrians and drivers at ‘nightmare’ junction
Congestion and long tail backs have long been a problem at this busy junction that carries key commuter routes linking Bradford, Harrogate, Shipley, Keighley Leeds and Leeds Bradford International Airport.
Plans are in place to widen and improve the junction but these are not due to be completed until the end of 2017. This junction is used by many school children as well as other pedestrians but at present there are no dedicated facilities for pedestrians.
Imran visited the junction with local resident Phil Robertson to see first-hand how busy the junction is and how dangerous it is to cross. According to the Council’s own figures between 2007 and 2012 there were 23 accidents at the site resulting in 35 accidents.
Commenting on the junction, Imran said:
“I know that the new plans will incorporate safety measures for pedestrians, but they are not due to be completed until the end of next year. This is far too long to wait for safety measures in the area and I am concerned that serious injuries or worse could happen in the meantime. I have therefore written today to Bradford Council demanding the installation of temporary pelican crossings and filter lights for turning traffic. It is impossible to put a price on the safety of children coming to and from school and it is imperative that the Council acts immediately to make this junction safe to cross.”
Local resident Phil Robertson said:
“As a father of four, I will no longer allow my children to use the junction and am anxious about crossing there myself. I have witnessed so many near accidents and spoken to so many local residents who are too scared to cross here. It is only a matter of time before someone is fatally injured at this junction. For my daughter to cross from one side to the other in order to get a bus, she would now need to walk in the opposite direction to the nearest zebra crossing, walk up to the pelican crossing at Sainsbury’s, walk back down from there to the crossing opposite ASDA's and finally cross there to the bus stop – a 100 metre journey extended to nearer a kilometre.”