Councillors call for action at Kildwick roundabout

Craven Herald: Councillor Patrick Mulligan Councillor Patrick Mulligan

Councillors have called for a review of the lane structure and cutting back foliage at Kildwick roundabout.

The move comes after North Yorkshire county councillor Patrick Mulligan (Cons) reviewed the county’s road accident statistics with members of Farnhill Parish Council.

He said the report, published at the end of last year, was already out of date as it contained accident figures for 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Coun Mulligan, who represents the Airedale ward, said the Kildwick roundabout was quite high on the list of accident blackspots, despite lining and surfacing improvements in 2011.

The parish council resolved to write a letter to the county’s director of highways asking for a review of the lane structure and repainting of road signage at the roundabout.

“The lining and directions are very poor and it’s unclear what lane you’re supposed to be in,” said Coun Patrick Mulligan.

Coun Gemma Harling, chairman of Farnhill Parish Council, said there had been a number of near-misses by drivers using the lane that exits at Kildwick “But the statistics don’t allow for near-misses,” she said.

The council will also ask if foliage on the roundabout could be cut back so all exit routes could be clearly visible.

Coun Harling said: “While it’s very nice to have greenery in the middle of the roundabout, people can miss the Kildwick turn-off. They should also cut back the foliage to make it easier for people coming from the village to see all the exits on the roundabout.

“Some people think the foliage is good because it makes you slow down,” said Coun Mulligan, but he agreed it could be difficult for drivers because they could not see the other exits.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire highways said: “Statistics show there have been three slight collisions since the improvement scheme was introduced over two years ago. Because of the random nature of the collisions we do not intend to introduce additional measures.

“The leg identified on the high-risk site list has had no accidents since the measures were implemented, which is obviously encouraging and there is no record of any collisions involving vehicles exiting the roundabout to Kildwick.

“We have investigated concerns regarding vegetation on the island but no remedial action was deemed necessary.”

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9:45am Thu 27 Feb 14

RNJT1970 says...

It isn't vegetation on the island that is the issue, it is the volume of traffic using the round about that is the issue. It may be beneficial to have lights on it at peak times? I have had to wait a good quarter of an hour on more than one occasion at that roundabout.
It isn't vegetation on the island that is the issue, it is the volume of traffic using the round about that is the issue. It may be beneficial to have lights on it at peak times? I have had to wait a good quarter of an hour on more than one occasion at that roundabout. RNJT1970
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12:04pm Thu 27 Feb 14

TheGerihatrick says...

The main problem at this roundabout is not the road markings, not the vegetation but the ridiculous railway crossing that is up and down like a yoyo causing backups and frustration at the roundabaout.
Until this problem is sorted (although hell has more chance of freezing over) the problem will just get worse and worse as more and more traffic try to use these junctions. Let's face it, it doesn't matter which lane you are in or whether or not you can see your exit, if the road is blocked you aren't going anywhere.
The main problem at this roundabout is not the road markings, not the vegetation but the ridiculous railway crossing that is up and down like a yoyo causing backups and frustration at the roundabaout. Until this problem is sorted (although hell has more chance of freezing over) the problem will just get worse and worse as more and more traffic try to use these junctions. Let's face it, it doesn't matter which lane you are in or whether or not you can see your exit, if the road is blocked you aren't going anywhere. TheGerihatrick
  • Score: 5

8:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Mart56 says...

In my experience the main problem is the poor standard of driving of many people. Travelling from Silsden towards the roundabout it is common for cars to undertake on the approach to the roundabout and then cut across the hatched lines (illegal). Others do not pay sufficient attention to signs and road markings and then try to switch lanes on the roundabout. I was taught if you are in the wrong lane and can't switch lanes safely you should go in the direction the lane markings direct you and find a suitable place to turn round. Instead too many people expect everyone else to stop for them. Lastly there seems to be a growing number of people whose indicators don't work, are too lazy to use them, or don't know what the Highway Code says about indicating on roundabouts.
In my experience the main problem is the poor standard of driving of many people. Travelling from Silsden towards the roundabout it is common for cars to undertake on the approach to the roundabout and then cut across the hatched lines (illegal). Others do not pay sufficient attention to signs and road markings and then try to switch lanes on the roundabout. I was taught if you are in the wrong lane and can't switch lanes safely you should go in the direction the lane markings direct you and find a suitable place to turn round. Instead too many people expect everyone else to stop for them. Lastly there seems to be a growing number of people whose indicators don't work, are too lazy to use them, or don't know what the Highway Code says about indicating on roundabouts. Mart56
  • Score: 4

11:05am Sun 2 Mar 14

coates warder says...

mart56 is spot on as a wagon driver using this road everyday i get sick to death of been undertaken or cut up on the roundabout as i cant go round it at 40mph like some cars do. the roundabout is marked as clear as a summers day and if you find it difficult to use it you need to take a re-test. maybe putting camera's leading up to the roundabout and on them to catch these lazy dangerous drivers and ban them as they are not fit to be on the road.
mart56 is spot on as a wagon driver using this road everyday i get sick to death of been undertaken or cut up on the roundabout as i cant go round it at 40mph like some cars do. the roundabout is marked as clear as a summers day and if you find it difficult to use it you need to take a re-test. maybe putting camera's leading up to the roundabout and on them to catch these lazy dangerous drivers and ban them as they are not fit to be on the road. coates warder
  • Score: 6

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