Following research revealing areas of Bradford East that are hotspots for road traffic collisions, Imran Hussain MP has called on Ministers, Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Police to take urgent, targeted action before any more lives are lost.
The research compiled by Imran draws on data published by the Department for Transport on all reported accidents between 2016 and 2020, and highlights Leeds Road, Harrogate Road, Manchester Road, Wakefield Road and Queen’s Road in Bradford East as blackspots on a ‘heatmap’ where more accidents are recorded.
Following the tragic loss of a number of lives on these roads in recent years, Imran is urging the Government to work with Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Police to deliver an enhanced road safety plan, with better traffic calming measures and enforcement to tackle incidences of dangerous driving and reduce the number of collisions taking place.
In addition, Imran is also calling for greater investment in other traffic calming measures on a number of residential streets across his Bradford East constituency that are frequently used as rat runs and racetracks by dangerous and nuisance drivers, putting other road users, pedestrians and residents at risk.
Speaking on the road accident heatmap, Imran said:
“This heatmap of road accident blackspots in Bradford East identifies several worrying patterns, and I am deeply concerned that so many of the collisions that take place and which put people’s lives in danger are concentrated on such a small number of our roads.
“We simply cannot let this situation where people tragically continue to lose their lives carry on any longer, and Ministers need to work with Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Police in delivering a comprehensive plan to reduce the number of accidents, and particularly the number of fatalities, taking place at these accident blackspots.
“With many constituents getting in touch with me to voice their anger at dangerous and nuisance drivers also using their residential streets as cut-throughs to avoid traffic lights and busy junctions, as well as racetracks, we also need to see further measures and better enforcement to put a stop to this reckless behaviour.”