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Coronavirus: Council to make changes to roads and streets in Ilkley

Coronavirus: Council to make changes to roads and streets in Ilkley

Published by Lisa Darvill at 1:15pm 5th May 2020.

The way roads and streets across the Bradford District are used is set to change

  • Bradford Council is introducing measures to support social distancing
  • It's starting work over the next couple of weeks 
  • Work will take place in Ilkley on The Grove and Wheatley Lane

The Council has been looking at a range of proposals to support social distancing as the coronavirus lockdown is eased.

It's going to temporarily widen pavements and cycle lanes to help people maintain two metres social distance as they shop, walk or cycle around the district, improve crossings for pedestrians, and reduce bottlenecks and slowing vehicle speeds to make the roads safer for cyclists and walkers.

Over the next couple of weeks a first round of measures will be introduced in Ilkey as part of the Council’s response to this challenge: 

  • Provide social distancing measures on The Grove to help shoppers access local businesses
  • Widening the footway under the railway bridge at Wheatley Lane
  • Putting down temporary markings on widened pavements to help people queuing to access local shops and businesses maintain appropriate distance from others in the queue
  • Widening of non-segregated cycle lanes on roads
  • Suspending, initially for 12 months, the £300 charge for an outdoor seating licence for pubs and restaurants

The council says these initial measures are likely to be followed by additional ideas to help maintain and increase levels of walking and cycling when the lockdown eases.

The Council is working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and local interest groups to develop these plans.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning &Transport, said:

“We don't know how long social distancing will be necessary but we do know that in some locations there isn’t enough space to maintain the recommended two-metre distance. People must be able to walk and cycle safely, whether it's to get to work, for exercise or essential trips to the shops.  

“Some of the immediate measures we are announcing today are temporary but where appropriate may become permanent. They will not only help us to emerge stronger out of lockdown but they will also demonstrate the ways in which prioritising sustainable transport, where possible, can contribute to improving the health of our citizens and reducing the district’s carbon footprint in the years to come, in line with our Climate Emergency pledge. People are seeing the benefits of a less car dominated society during lockdown and we want to encourage that.

“We will also be pressing the Government for a Covid-19 response fund to help councils such as Bradford implement these types of measures, as well as asking for a further relaxation of the processes required to promote temporary and permanent Traffic Regulation Orders.

“We will also call on the Department for Transport to provide guidance on sign and road marking designs which can be used on the roads to help maintain social distancing measures, together with granting authorities outside London appropriate enforcement powers to maintain measures and deal with people who do not comply with these new arrangements.”