Following a review of the injury accidents along the A653 Dewsbury Road between Hunslet Hall Road and Garnet Road, it was identified that there were 67 recorded injury accidents over the last five years.
A significant number of these collisions involved vulnerable road users including cyclists and pedestrians.
In order to address the significant accident history along this section of Dewsbury Road, an improvement scheme was developed with the aim of reducing the number of accidents and improving conditions for road users, particularly pedestrians and cyclists.
Progress so far
Most of the works between Hunslet Hall Road and Tunstall Road have been completed. This includes the provision of dedicated cycle tracks and laybys outside of the shops. Footway resurfacing will be carried out towards the end of the scheme.
Works between Tunstall Road and Garnet Road are due to commence in February.
A central reservation with crossing points for pedestrians will be constructed. The central reservation will also assist in eliminating the injury collisions that are occurring due to turning movements in and out of junctions. Dedicated parking bays will be provided outside local shops in an effort to remove parking from footways, therefore creating a better environment for pedestrians. Unnecessary signage and street furniture will be removed to declutter the area and make it more pedestrian friendly.
The design work has taken into consideration comments received from various neighbourhood and business boards, and also from previous consultations. The consultation drawing document (PDF 0.4MB) shows the proposed works.
Works are anticipated to be completed in late March / early April, and we apologise for any disruption whilst works on this improvement scheme are being carried out.