Call for more 20 mph zones in Wakefield to cut accidents

20 mph signs.
20 mph signs.

New 20-miles-per-zones could be introduced in five areas of the district to slow traffic down and cut the number of accidents on the roads.

Next month councillors are set to vote on plans for new 20mph zones in Ossett, Gawthorpe, Havercroft, South Kirkby and Knottingley.

Wakefield Council is also looking at the possibility of restricting traffic in Bull Ring to 20mph.

On Wednesday, a report was presented to the council’s communities and safety overview and scrutiny committee.

It stated that Wakefield had a low number of zones compared to other districts in West Yorkshire.

Although this was disputed by Paul Stevenson, the council’s transport planning manager, councillors said more needed to be done to make the city’s roads safer.

Coun Clive Tennant said: “We ought to be a leading authority, we should be setting an example to the rest of country by implementing 20mph zones.”

The committee agreed to write to the cabinet expressing their views ahead of the meeting next month.

Currently 20mph zones are in force in Lupset, College Grove, Horbury, Agbrigg, Stanley, Walton, Crofton, Airedale, Pontefract, Badsworth and South Elmsall.

Zones are different to speed limit areas because they incorporate other measures such as chicanes to slow down traffic.

If approved by the council’s cabinet, the new zones will be in place by next March.

The work will be paid for through the Local Transport Fund.