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Peter
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04/10/2018 : 13:17:41      reply with quote



This email is a representation of the concern the residents of Silsden, specifically those who live along and around Bolton Road.

Following a long history of traffic incidents, and solidified by a series of serious and recent road traffic accidents, we are joined in our determination to improve the safety of ourselves, family, friends and property that are put at risk daily by road users who flaunt the 30mph speed limit along this stretch of road. This is particularly shambolic considering that it is closely flanked by residential areas including young families and elderly assisted living, along with parked cars and a children’s park.

In March this year a young man has been paralysed and his children injured along with the writing off of 3 vehicles. In just in the last 2 weeks prior to this email being written another man has been run over and a speeding car, believed to be travelling at twice the speed limit, has written off their own car, a parked car and also damaged another: fortunately, the early hour of this incident (5.45am) was no doubt the only thing preventing further injury or possibly even loss of life.

It is clear to all who live and commune along Bolton Road that the increase in incidents is a result of the increasing speed of traffic along it. As a local resident my windows are frequently rattled by traffic, including LGVs, HGVs and agricultural vehicles such as tractors and trailers, accelerating up the road as they exit the town as well as travelling down into the town itself. The speed at which these types of vehicle travel would make stopping difficult and pose a high risk, especially considering the number of secondary roads that join Bolton Road as well as the number of pedestrians and local residents that are active along this route.

As a result of recent concerns, a letter (please find attached) was distributed to local residential properties on and adjoining Bolton Road and the rate of response, with 60 names replying to fewer than 120 letters being delivered, is indicative of the level of unease and worry regarding the speed and safety of traffic.

We want this issue to be thoroughly investigated and action taken in a timely manner to mitigate the problem of speeding vehicles and the resulting risk to the safety to people and property in this highly residential area.

Yours faithfully,

Charlotte McDonnell and residents along and adjoining Bolton Road


COMMENTS FROM THOSE LIVING ON or NEAR BOLTON ROAD

It’s very timely that you happened to deliver it today after the accident last night. The police said from the damage/skid marks that the car was going “at least double” the speed limit. Not that anyone who lives on this road would think that is unusual, as we see it every single day. I spoke and emailed the council several times about 3 years ago and they set up speed monitoring for a weekend. They only gave me data for downhill, which had many cars in excess of 80mph and some over 100mph.

'angry');

When they were putting in the planning application for houses to be built to the left of Bolton Road, on the way out of town, they tested the average speed of cars entering the town – 45mph.

'angry');

The speed signage is poor and damaged as you enter from Addingham. Since we lived here from November 2015 there have been three accidents with cars out of control on the corner of Brown bank. We have lost three lamp posts and there has been damage to field stone walls.

'angry');

There does appear to be an ever increasing amount of traffic going far in excess of 30mph . Added to the dangers this presents in itself it also makes it difficult and dangerous pulling out of the road ends to actually get onto the road , this is because it’s often difficult to actually see any traffic approaching with cars parked at the side of the road so when vehicles are travelling in excess of the speed limit it can be nerve racking .

'angry');

We have been victims of two incidents to our vehicles, one of which wrote off our car which was only 15 months old.

'angry');

Thank you very much and great that it's not just us concerned about the increasing amount of traffic and accidents. We've lived on Bolton Road for over 20 years and the last 12 months have been the worst in terms of speed, damage, volume of traffic, accidents and near-misses. In my opinion I think drivers heading up Bolton Road often face delays and difficulties getting through Silsden itself and vent their frustration by putting their foot down up Bolton Road, we hear their quick increase in speed and some vehicles travelling very fast.

'angry');

I totally agree with you and you have my support. I cross Bolton Road several times a day when walking the dog, from the Pickard Lane junction, and it can be an absolute nightmare with the speeds at which some of the cars are travelling and poor visibility with parked cars. There’s also an issue on North Street with speeding cars.

'angry');

I recently did a traffic survey on Bolton Road for the Silsden Countryside Campaign and, the most telling thing was, that in the 2 hour slot of counting, not one vehicle was travelling at 30 or below coming down the hill, including a learner driver.




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dogcatcher
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04/10/2018 : 16:29:30      reply with quote


maybe a few speed ramps down bolton rd could be a possible solution,but dont know wether they are allowed on an A road.
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hat
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05/10/2018 : 08:29:34      reply with quote


www.crashmap.co.uk/

this is a good reference site listing all road traffic collision data
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gazzer
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05/10/2018 : 11:09:42      reply with quote


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maybe a few speed ramps down bolton rd could be a possible solution,but dont know wether they are allowed on an A road.
There is one outside the Town Hall but they are not good for residents regarding noise
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05/10/2018 : 14:00:58      reply with quote


yes thats for the pedestrian crossing,so if the school goes ahead,they could put a pelican crossing by the cross roads at dale view and that hump may help also for folk getting in/out of dale view.
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05/10/2018 : 15:33:10      reply with quote


2 speed cameras... one at top of Bolton Road, and one half way down. Catch speeders in both directions, pay for themselves in no time.... or change speeding habits?
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10/10/2018 : 18:25:36      reply with quote


Is Bolton Road a road or a car park?
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