Cllr Ryk Downes

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Queensway speed tables completed

by rykdownes on 13 January, 2016

Lib Dem Yeadon councillors Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay have welcomed news that the proposed closure of Queensway on Sunday 17th January will no longer go ahead thanks to an early finish to the chicane replacement works.
The construction, which started at the beginning of December, was due to require closing for two weekends but the roadworks were finally completed by Monday 11th January.
With the priority signage for the chicanes to be removed over the course of the week, only the electrical pole works remain outstanding.
Cllr Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon) said: “It is great to see the chicanes that have proved so troublesome for Queensway residents finally removed and replaced by the speed tables which should prove much more effective.”
Cllr Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Otley and Yeadon) commented: “We are pleased that the work has been finished ahead of schedule, with disruption to the area thankfully much less than originally planned.”

2 Responses

  1. Jean Fickle says:

    I was amazed to see your comment in the Wharfdale Observer stating that the chicanes on Queensway which have been so troublesome for the residents have been removed and replaced bt speed tables which should be more effective………..surely you realise that the chicanes were only troublesome to the drivers using Queensway instead of the main road through Guiseley, the chicanes enabled gaps in traffic so the residents were able to safely crossthe road or back out on to Queensway from their driveway .
    The speed tables have very little effect on the vehicles and appear to encourage them to speed up after crossing them so by the time they reach the crest of the hill where there are two bus stops they are going really fast, thus making crossing the road to wait for a bus or for children trying to cross the road to Queensway Primary a game of Russian roulette.
    I do hope you will consider the residents in your consituancy rather than commuters from other areas and act in getting a crossing installed and the speed limit reduced on Queensway before you have to read about an accident.

    • rykdownes says:

      We carried out a survey two years or so ago with residents in response to numerous concerns that had been raised with us by residents in the Coppicewood and Queensway area of our ward. I have to say everyone we spoke to was in favour, many vehemently so and there were only a couple of residents that expressed concerns about what would replace them. We kept them informed and heard no more. This was very much resident driven as many said that the choicanes were dangerous and they had many near misses especially outside Sainsbury’s. I have requested a crossing be considered but highways have not approved one at the stage. I will revisit it again later this year. Do you have a suggestion for a location?

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