Council chiefs have said that parts of Stanningley Road DO now meet the criteria for permanent speed cameras following years of campaigning by local residents.
Attendees of Armley Forum meetings have long been calling for speed cameras to tackle problems connected to the A647 Stanningley Road in Armley amid concerns about the number of accidents in the area.
Now, following a meeting with police and senior highways officers, local councillors have had confirmation that the road now meets more relaxed criteria for static speed cameras which was announced in January by the West Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership.
Council officers hope the cameras will be installed later this year as part of a project which includes adding average speed cameras along the Outer Ring Road and Stanningley Bypass.
Speaking on social media yesterday, Cllr Lou Cunningham (Green, Armley) said: “I advised [the meeting] that we would be presenting the petition, which has now been signed by around 700 people. Let’s continue to work together.
“Thoughts and prayers to all affected by the tragic road traffic events this year and in previous ones.”
The petition – signed by over 700 people in a little over a week – calls for an “urgent review of road safety measures Stanningley Road/Cockshott Lane.”
The junction of Stanningley Road with Cockshott Lane has come under the spotlight following the death of 28-year-old Athira Anilkumar Laly Kumari killed while standing at the bus stop near the former Church of the Venerable Bede. Another man, in his 40s, was seriously injured.
A statement from Cllrs Jim McKenna and Alice Smart (both Lab, Armley) – who had both backed calls for speed cameras – said: “We are pleased that the police and highways officers have heard and noted our concerns and are responding accordingly.
“Currently, due to the ongoing investigation we cannot comment further. We will give a fuller statement and updates when it is appropriate to do so.”
A 25-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following Wednesday’s crash and has since been released on bail as police enquiries continue into the collision.