Highways chiefs are set to spend thousands of pounds on safety improvements at an accident blackspot junction in Leeds city centre.
The work will be carried out at the junction of bar and restaurant-packed Greek Street and East Parade, where six recent cases have been recorded of pedestrians being knocked down – with most incidents happening late on Friday or Saturday night.
Nearly £20,000 will be spent changing the kerb layout to create a new ‘pinch point’ at the junction in a bid to force drivers heading down one-way Greek Street to cut their speed.
A Leeds City Council report on the scheme says “reducing vehicle speeds at this location will improve safety for all road users and pedestrians”.
It also says children and pedestrians with disabilities should be among the main beneficiaries of the work. The report says the project has won full support from ward members on the council.
West Yorkshire Police have also been consulted and have “no objections” to the plan.
Construction and staff costs mean the estimated price tag for the scheme is £17,500.
The spate of accidents at the site has been caused by vehicles pulling out of Greek Street onto East Parade, where a one-way system is also in operation.
“Drivers look left and don’t see pedestrians crossing at this location to their right,” says the council report.
It goes on: “Due to the one-way traffic flow, drivers have the full carriageway width to utilise when approaching the junction.
“This, combined with good visibility of approaching traffic on East Parade, allows drivers to emerge at higher speeds.”
The kerb layout changes will see an existing loading bay being moved further east while one pay-and-display parking space will disappear.
Greek Street and East Parade are among the busiest roads on the Leeds nightscene.
They are home to a host of popular venues, including All Bar One, The Living Room and OK Karaoke.
As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, plans have also been announced for a £12m hotel on Greek Street.
The hotel, which would boast 90 rooms spread over 10 storeys, would be built on the site of a disused ‘stacker’ car park as well as Akbar’s restaurant.
It would also include a ground floor bar and basement restaurant.