Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, April 2009

april09Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, has been working with constituents and local councils as part of his “Safer Roads” campaign which is calling for urgent road safety improvements in Bramhope, Pool and Arthington.

Following concerns from his constituents about pedestrian safety and lack of safe crossings in the area, Greg has successfully campaigned over a number of years for changes. In 2007, a new pelican crossing was built on Cardigan Road, Headingley, and road markings were improved on King Lane, Bramhope. Work is just about to start on a new crossing on Farnley Lane, Otley, and Greg is continuing to campaign for truck restrictions on narrow lanes in Otley, Pool and Arthington, better speed enforcement on Arthington Lane and clearer speed limit signs on Moor Road, Bramhope.

In addition to the above successes, Greg has been working alongside residents in Bramhope in their fight to reduce the speed limit on Moorland Road from 60mph to 30mph. The 60mph road runs through a residential area and residents have long felt that this puts them, and particularly children, in danger.

Greg has written to the Leader of Leeds City Council and the Highways Department asking them to look into the matter. However, the Highways Department have so far refused to reduce the speed limit, claiming that statistical evidence suggests that traffic does not often travel over 30mph on the road, so a change to the speed limit would not be cost effective. The council says changing the speed limit would cost at least £6,000 before work even began. Greg has publicly disputed this decision, as the opportunity remains for drivers to drive too quickly legally and he has argued that cost should not come into it when action could save lives.

Greg believes that Leeds City Council’s inaction over changing the speed limit is a nationwide problem and is calling on the Government to give local councils more power to take action before crashes occur and not after.

Greg has pledged to continue fighting for the speed limit changes and has gained coverage in the local Wharfdale Observer and Yorkshire Evening Post newspapers.

Brake will keep you updated with any progress on Greg’s campaign.

Greg says: “There are real concerns that someone is going to get seriously injured or killed on these roads. I have promised residents I will not stop campaigning until the Highways Department listens to us and sanity prevails. I urge them to reconsider their decision and take action to avoid tragedy.”

UPDATE
Brake has received word from Greg that the Moorland Road campaign is now a complete success. Leeds City Council have agreed to fund the work for the whole length of the road which is brilliant news for local residents.

For advice on setting up a road safety campaign, click here to go to the Concerned Community pages of Brake’s website.