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Speed watch will highlight dangers of Stanningley Road

Concerned Armley residents will be holding a Community Speed Watch this week to highlight their concerns over speeding drivers along Stanningley Road.

The event, on Thursday from 11am-2pm, will see local people wearing hi-vis jackets join with police at the side of the road and monitor the speed of vehicles as well as help educate drivers about speeding.

Residents called for more action to reduce speeding at July’s Armley Forum meeting, where a number of recent accidents on the road were discussed.

The issue is also being looked at by Armley councillors Lou Cunningham, Jim McKenna and Alice Smart (Lab, Armley). Cllr Cunningham said:

“We are very pleased that Highways and our local neighbourhood Police team are supporting the concerns we have raised on behalf of the community. We are hoping that people will come out to take part in this action day and others that we arrange in the coming months.”

Cllr Cunningham said the exact details of exactly where the speed watch will be held on Stanningley Road will be shared on the new Armley Community Road Safety group on Facebook.

The speed watch comes after a Freedom of Information request to West Yorkshire Police last month revealed a total of 1,144 ‘road traffic collisions’ were recorded on the Stanningley Road / Stanningley Bypass over the past 10 years.

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves has also recently demanded action to tackle problems on the road.

The next Armley Forum on 17th September will also be focusing upon traffic issues. It starts at 7pm in Armley Community Hub and residents are invited along to have their say.

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