A short section of POTENTIALLY dangerous road used by several popular long distance trails has been made safer for walkers thanks to the work of Bradford Council officers.
Bollards have been installed on the 200 meter section of road that leads from Weecher Reservoir to Bingley and Burley Moors and connects A Dales High Way, Bradford Millennium Way and Welcome Way and a place for walkers to be safe to use has been created .
Traffic along this stretch of Otley Road in the High Eldwick area of Bingley is very fast and the only edge on one side was difficult to walk due to a drainage ditch, now walkers are separated from traffic and can continue their journey in complete safety.
The four local Walkers Are Welcome groups (Otley, Bingley, Burley and Baildon) initially contacted the Highways Department of Bradford Council to offer to work with them on the project, raise funds and provide volunteer work.
This was not necessary as Senior Engineer Kevin Whitaker of the Bradford Council’s Highways Department was able to work with Saira Ali, the Council’s Landscape, Design and Conservation Team Leader, who secured funding. of tranche 2 of the active travel fund. This helps councils improve cycling and walking facilities in their areas, as part of the work to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin was then able to deploy a team of highway workers to complete the work.
David Asher, representing the four Walkers Are Welcome groups, said: “We offered to fundraise and provide volunteer work as we did for previous projects, but ultimately neither one nor the other was not required. We are very grateful to Kevin of the Bradford Council Highways Department for his support in creating the new walkway, and to Saira for requesting and securing government funding to cover the costs. This means a much safer passage for walkers. Our thanks go to the entire Bradford Council team for making this possible. ”
Councilor Alex Ross-Shaw, executive member of the Bradford Council for Recreation, Planning and Transportation, said: “This is just one of the many measures we have put in place in the district to help of our active travel funds. All these measures are aimed at making it easier and safer to travel on foot or by bicycle in the neighborhood, whether as part of their home-work journeys, to access shops and services or, in this case, for leisure.
“Our agents are working hard to put these measures in place and it is always good to see this hard work recognized and appreciated by local residents.”