Councillor Andrew Scopes (Beeston & Holbeck) is fighting to get railings reinstalled at a busy road crossing used by school children.
The central pedestrian refuge between the two carriageways of Dewsbury Road at the Tommy Wass junction has been left without railings following works relating to the new cycleway.
The crossing is used twice a day by hundreds of children walking to Cockburn School every day.
“I’m worried that there could be a tragic accident at this junction” he said. “Teenagers are not always as responsible as we would hope and I’m worried light hearted jostling could end up with a child falling into the road.
“This is a busy stretch of road with a 40 mph speed limit. We’ve already seen the new railings on the pub corner demolished in a traffic accident. I’m in touch with officers in the Highways department and I’m hopeful railings will be reinstalled at this junction quickly.”
It’s not clear exactly why railings weren’t put back when the refuge was rebuilt, but other crossings at Barkly Parade, Middleton Grove and Hunslet Fire Station have also been left without railings.
A response from Highways officers seen by South Leeds Life stated:
“We have designed the island so that there are raised kerbs on both sides to guide pedestrians to the crossing and it allows us to create a more open environment.”
Cllr Scopes is also looking into issues at the junctions of Allenby Road, Allenby Drive and Westland Road with Dewsbury Road. Residents have raised issues about visibility for drivers joining Dewsbury Road as they now have to cross the cycle path and the lack of signage warning them that it is a two way cycle path and to look both ways before crossing it.