WORK has begun on the removal of a controversial kerb which led to dozens of accidents in Bramley – just days after the Yorkshire Evening Post intervened.
Leeds City Council pledged it would remove the chicane kerb on Broad Lane in August following a spate of accidents in which drivers failed to notice the obstacle – which, ironically, had been designed to make the road safer.
The chicane, which sits on a sweeping bend on Broad Lane, Bramley, was blamed for dozens of blown tyres, shattered car suspensions and near-miss collisions.
When the kerb was first installed the council failed to draw new markings on the road to alert motorists to the changed layout.
Pedestrians were hit by flying bits of blown out tyre and some just missed being hit by cars suddenly mounting the kerb.
One resident reported four smashes in one hour. Another driver who sustained damage to his car told the YEP he had driven straight over the obstacle during the early hours before the council had even drawn markings on the road. He took pictures of the kerb without markings.
Previously, John Hanson, who lives nearby, said: “People are either hitting the kerb, or mounting it, or blowing their tyres out. There have been umpteen incidents. It’s the most ridiculous thing. The main problem is the kerb sticks out too far into the road.”
In recent months, rather than remove the kerb, it looked as though the council planned to keep it – hatchings appeared on the road and a bollard was also placed on the pavement.
The YEP contacted Leeds City Council about the issue on December 10 and since then new roadworks have been put up around the kerb and today the council announced it was being removed.
A Leeds City Council spokesperson said this week work had already started to demolish the kerb.
In a statement, the council said: “A decision has been made by Leeds City Council to remove the traffic island in its entirety on Broad Lane following concerns which were raised with us by motorists.
“Work on the removal of the traffic island will begin imminently.”
The kerbs were installed as part of a wider traffic-calming programme across the city.