Speed limit at Leeds ‘rat run’ is slashed

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a village road that had become a rat-run for motorists escaping a major Leeds route, and a hazard for hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists, has had its speed limit slashed.

Cars using Linton Lane in Wetherby as an alternative route to the A58 had been causing major concerns for locals.

The road - which forms part of a national cycle route network and is crossed by many public rights of way - currently has a 40mph speed limit on its middle section, but with the other parts having lower 30mph limits. But after concerns were raised by local Harewood ward councillors on behalf of residents, the speed is set to be decreased to 30mph across the whole road.

A report just approved by Leeds city council’s chief highways and transportation officer says: “Linton Lane is a narrow road from Linton village up to Linton Road and the outskirts of Wetherby, which is subject to a 30mph limit for its first section, where it changes to 40mph speed limits until it reaches Wetherby Golf Club where the speed limit drops to 30mph.

“Linton Lane is well used by both walkers and cyclists.

“However a large majority of the length does not have any footway provision, leading to pedestrians walking in the carriageway and on the grass verges.”

The report adds that a review of the speed limit was requested after the arrival of a new development at the south end, which - along with existing businesses and the local golf club - has generated a “continuous volume of traffic throughout the day, as well as traffic that uses Linton Lane as an alternative to the A58 Wetherby Road to access Wetherby and beyond”. However the limit at the new development had remained 40mph.

“These proposals aim to address the complaints and concerns about the speed of vehicles and the inconsistent speed limits through the residential area of this route,” the report says.

The YEP has previously reported that campaigners in nearby Harewood are urging highways bosses to ban lorries from a rural road near Harewood House because they are turning the surroundings of the tourism jewel into a rat-run.

People living near the A659 – between Collingham and Harewood – say that an increasing flow of heavy goods vehicles diverting from the A1 is causing constant disruption and safety concerns.

Coun Judith Blake.

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