Road to get £600k of safety upgrades

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Council bosses will spend £600,000 on safety improvements for a South Leeds road where dozens of people have been injured in accidents.

Pedestrian crossings, cycle lanes and on street parking will be installed on Dewsbury Road after plans were approved by Leeds City Council’s executive board.

The works will be carried out on a stretch of the A653 between Hunslet Hall Road and Garnet Road in Beeston.

A report to the executive board said: “The length of road concerned has a significant casualty rate which has not reduced over the past five years, where 67 injury accidents have been recorded.”

Fourteen of the accidents involved cyclists and 22 involved pedestrians.

The report said: “Five of the pedestrian accidents occurred as results of motorists mounting the kerb and hitting a pedestrian on the footway.

“Of these accidents six involved serious injury and 61 involved slight injuries to road users.”

The council is planning to narrow parts of the road to slow traffic down and install a central reservation.

Around 450 metres of bus lane will be removed after motorists used it for parking and new bus stops will be installed.

The report said around 33 on street parking spaces will be provided.

A 20mph zone will also be introduced on part of the Dewsbury Road, along with north and south bound cycle lanes.

The scheme will be funded with £600,000 from the council’s Transport Policy Capital Programme.

Traffic delays are expected on the road after work starts on the improvements this summer.

The report said: “Overall the proposals are expected to lead to significant improvement road safety and casualty reduction with better mobility and reduced severance for local pedestrians.”