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Safety fears over speeding motorists

2 January 2014... . .    Rev Vic Iwanuschak is concerned about the speed of traffic on South Baileygate in Pontefract after a number of accidents on the road. (TJ1001/80a). Picture by Tony Johnson

2 January 2014... . . Rev Vic Iwanuschak is concerned about the speed of traffic on South Baileygate in Pontefract after a number of accidents on the road. (TJ1001/80a). Picture by Tony Johnson

Church leader Vic Iwanuschak fears someone could be killed by motorists speeding along South Baileygate in Pontefract.

Rev Iwanuschak – vicar at nearby All Saints’ Church – is calling for speed restrictions on the road where he says there have been a number of recent accidents.

He said: “The road has a 30mph limit, but drivers are travelling along there at up to 45mph.

“Someone will be killed on the road unless something is done.

“An old lady was knocked down at the junction near South Baileygate retail park a few weeks ago and there have been a number of accidents at that junction.

“There should be some speed cameras put up on the road to slow people down.”

Rev Iwanuschak added: “South Baileygate is a narrow road and people are trying to manoeuvre into the retail park, at a very busy junction.

“Ideally, there should be a four-way staggered junction with the retail park and North Baileygate.

“But some speed cameras would hopefully help cut the speed of motorists using the road.”

Graham West (pictured inset), Wakefield Council highway network manager, said infrastructure was in place to make the road safe.

Mr West said: “This is the first recorded pedestrian injury accident on South Baileygate in the last five years.

“Although it is a busy road, there are a number of junctions which means that traffic speeds are relatively constrained during the day due to people turning onto or out of the road.

“There are also central pedestrian islands close to the church to enable the road to be crossed safely.”

 

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