Families call for action over two ‘dangerous’ roads in Bramley

Residents protest on the narrow footpaths at Wyther Lane, Bramley, Leeds.
Residents protest on the narrow footpaths at Wyther Lane, Bramley, Leeds.
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RESIDENTS have called for action over what they claim are two dangerous roads in Bramley.

Concerns were raised over two ends of Wyther Lane - at its junction with Broad Lane, where there is no pedestrian crossing; and at its other end, where it crosses a narrow bridge over the canal. Residents claim the pavement over the bridge is too narrow for mums with pushchairs and fear it will only be a matter of time before there is a serious accident.

Nearby resident Dr Laura Smith, 54, said: “At both bridges there is no safe crossing for pedestrians. At Amen Corner, crossing the road involves a dash between traffic which is often determinedly trying to get priority on the one way bridge. It is totally unsafe for children in particular.”

Fellow residents Laurie Ray, 35 and Max Folkett, both from Lilac Grove and Jonathan Dorsett, from Boston Avenue, have also contacted the Yorkshire Evening Post with complaints about the two sections of road.

Armley Labour councillor Alison Lowe said there had been concerns over the stretch of road for more than a decade, adding it was now time to act.

She said: “About 10 years ago the path at the Victoria Park Avenue end was widened a little bit and that came as a result of a campaign by a local woman. I agree with residents, it’s not ideal.

“The problem is it would be a massive scheme.

“Any widening of the bridge would likely cost millions of pounds.”

A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “We will continue to actively review the situation at this location. However, given our current budgetary constraints, we have to prioritise where we invest our funding. Although we do not have the funding available to carry out the works this year, we wouldn’t rule out the possibility of work in future years.”