Petition launched over notorious Kirkstall junction

Concerns have been expressed over this busy Kirkstall junction. Photo: Google

A petition calling for safety improvements at a notorious Kirkstall junction has been launched this week.

WLD last week featured concerns over a spate of crashes at the four-way junction that connects Kirkstall Road, Abbey Road and Kirkstall Lane, and Leeds City Council chiefs have promised to install new traffic cameras in May to improve safety.

The incidents have sparked concerns – and this week a petition calling for urgent action has been launched, gathering more than 60 signatures as this article is published.

The petition, started by resident Stuart Long, states: “We the citizens of the Kirkstall Ward – in and around the junction at the A65 with Kirkstall Lane & Bridge Road – call on Leeds City Council to make urgent works to stop road collisions and protect the public while crossing the junction as drivers illegally make right turns.”

The petition can be viewed here.

In a statement, a Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of local concerns about safety at this busy junction, with the primary cause of collisions there being driver error.

“Following a successful application by the council to the Department for Transport last year for relevant powers, new traffic cameras are due to be installed at the site in May this year and it is hoped they will lead to a reduction in the number of collisions.

“The cameras will enforce two prohibited right turns, one from the A65 Abbey Road into Bridge Road and the other from Bridge Road onto the A65 Commercial Road.

“Further to this, the council has commissioned a traffic survey that will allow us to review signal timings at the junction and consider other possible measures to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

“This work is very much in line with our Leeds Safe Roads Vision Zero 2040 Strategy, which aims to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries caused by collisions.”

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