Safety work in wake of Leeds girl's tragic death

Safety improvements will be made to a notorious stretch of road where a Leeds schoolgirl was knocked down and killed.

Hannah Hudson, 12, was mown down as she walked to school – just yards from her house in Britannia Road, in Morley.

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Ryan Williams, 22, was jailed last year for seven years for what a judge branded as "thoroughly outrageous and dangerous" driving which led to the tragedy,

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For almost a year and a half, campaigners have pushed tirelessly for better safety measures at the spot, which has been plagued by accidents.

Now new measures have been agreed, including turning the Bradford-bound carriageway from Tingley Bar Fisheries into a single lane.

An additional pedestrian crossing will also be installed.

Hannah's mum, Toni Hudson, told the Yorkshire Evening Post today that she was pleased with the improvements.

She said: "It feels like what happened to Hannah wasn't in vain.

"There are quite a lot of people that have been injured or killed on

this road.

"I wouldn't want anyone else to go through what I have been through.

"It feels like an extra form of justice and his stupidity has been our

gain in some ways."

There will also be improved signing and road markings along Britannia Road.

Work is expected to get under way in the next couple of months and once work begins it should be completed within 12 weeks.

Mrs Hudson said that the scheme will be reviewed and extra improvements could be added if they are required.

But she has vowed to carry on her campaign to help improve safety on the roads of Leeds.

She said: "I am really pleased that we have got a small victory for the little people.

"I am impressed that we have got this far and it feels like a step in the right direction.

"I am hoping that this will work.

"It seems to have brought the community together and the support has been brilliant with the campaign.

"I hope it just shows other people to persevere."

Councillor Terry Grayshon, who has worked with local residents for the scheme, added: "I am pleased we have been able to deliver this road-safety scheme working with the parents' group and Highways officers.

"This proposal is the start of a programme which will address the issues of road safety along this stretch of Britannia Road."

Councillor Judith Elliott said: "We will continue to work with the parents' group to review this programme and to work towards further improvements should they become necessary."

Karly Strawson and four-year-old Myles Smith, from Pontefract, strike a pose. Picture: James Hardisty

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