By John Baron
Highways chiefs have launched a consultation into plans to reduce the speed limit on the Outer Ring Road and A647 Stanningley By-Pass.
As previously reported, Leeds City Council are proposing to reduce the limit to 50mph, replacing the existing 60mph and 70mph sections.
E-mails are being sent out to ward councillors in Bramley & Stanningley, Calverley & Farsley, and Pudsey wards as part of a consultation into the proposals, as well as police, other emergency services and West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
The consultation is part of a £20 million government funded Levelling Up Fund project for the Pudsey parliamentary constituency, which was awarded funding in 2021.
It seeks to improve road safety along the western outer ring road corridor, inclusive of A647 Stanningley By-Pass from Bramley Town End through to Dawson’s Corner and then the A6110/A6120 Outer Ring Road from Dawson’s Corner to Horsforth Roundabout.
A council spokesperson said: “With a total of 78 injury collisions along the corridor in the past five years, Leeds City Council feels it is appropriate to lower the speed limit to push through the desired road safety benefits that would accompany such a reduction.
“This reduction in speed limit will result in greater stopping distances and increased time for drivers to make judgements on manoeuvres, which will go a significant way towards reducing the existing injury collision records along this corridor.
Views from the consulation will be represented in a report to the Chief Officer Highways & Transportation at the Highways Board, where the Chief Officer will be asked to give approval to the overall package of work.
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