Parents call for speed limit cut on Leeds Ring Road near school

Parents and children on the  pedestrian traffic island in the middle of Leeds Ring Road close to Highfield Primary School in Alwoodley

Parents and children on the pedestrian traffic island in the middle of Leeds Ring Road close to Highfield Primary School in Alwoodley

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CALLS have been made for improved road safety measures at a “nightmare” junction close to a primary school on Leeds Ring Road at Alwoodley amid claims children’s lives are at risk.

Parents of Highfield Primary School children are urging council chiefs to make changes to the ring road at its junction with Shadwell Lane.

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They are calling for the speed limit close to the junction to be reduced from 40mph to 30mph.

And they want changes made to a “very small” and “dangerous” pedestrian island used by hundreds of families.

Pedestrian barriers on the island were wrecked on Monday afternoon when two cars crashed after traffic lights failed. Police said speed was not a factor in the accident.

Mother-of-three Claire Davenport, 37, said: “Adults and children get stuck on the very small middle island with heavy traffic travelling at 40mph in either direction. We have been having meetings with councillors to try and get the speed limit reduced on the Ring Road to 30mph and to increase safety on the island because it is too small and dangerous. It is just a nightmare junction.”

Parent Claire Davenport at the crossing on Leeds Ring Road in Alwoodley

Parent Claire Davenport at the crossing on Leeds Ring Road in Alwoodley

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “We have done detailed investigations into the safety of the junction.

“It has a very good safety record as regards numbers of accidents involving injury, with only one incident in the past five years.

“Nevertheless, we’ve still been looking at alternatives for the junction and will continue to do so, one of them being the possible introduction of a yellow box junction to stop traffic blocking the exit from Shadwell Lane.

“Above all, we would appeal to people to use common sense and wait before crossing to the central waiting area if it appears too crowded, as with all school and pedestrian crossings.”

Adam Beaumont of AQL

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