Councillors back road safety improvements

City and Hunslet Councillors have welcomed news that Dewsbury Road is set for a series of road safety improvements as part of the ‘Someone’s Son’ campaign. Devised and implemented by the safer roads partnerships in York, Humberside, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, the initiative aims to make drivers aware of the risks motor and pedal cyclists face on the road.

Dewsbury Road. Photo: Jeremy Morton

With the busy high street area of Dewsbury Road a particular risk for vulnerable users, local Councillors have welcomed the extensive safety implementations set to take place next month.

As part of the road safety scheme, local residents will see improvements such as the introduction of dedicated on-street parking spaces enabling shoppers to park safely; the provision of a cycle track with segregated and shared facilities in both directions; and the introduction of a 20mph speed limit to create a safe environment for all forms of traffic, including those on foot or bike.

Local Councillors Elizabeth Nash, Mohammed Iqbal and Patrick Davey have been helping to raise awareness of the scheme and are urging local people to also help raise awareness by promoting the Lookout Leeds slogan.

Councillor Elizabeth Nash (Labour, City and Hunslet) said:

“I am extremely pleased to see this initiative come to Dewsbury Road, particularly as it is one of the busiest stretches of road in our ward. Someone’s Son of course could be someone’s wife, daughter, husband, brother or sister, and that is exactly the point; we all need to take road safety seriously and take extra care when we travel.

“In addition to the on-road improvements, residents will also see streetscape enhancements which should further help the creation of safe and secure environments. Footways will be resurfaced, toucan crossings installed, and road markings better used.

“My ward colleagues Mohammed Iqbal, Patrick Davey and I greatly urge all residents to blog, tweet, and share the Someone’s Son website, so as many people as possible know about the forthcoming changes. And of course, we want everyone to consider even the smallest of ways in which they can help maintain safety on our roads.”