Installation of traffic calming and 20mph signs to begin in Ilkley next week

The installation of signage and traffic calming for Ilkley's 20mph zone will start on Monday.

In an email to Ilkley's three district councillors, Simon D'Vali, Bradford Highways’ Principal Engineer, said: "The traffic calming installation and 20mph roundel sign erection will take place next week, commencing the 12th February. Weather dependent but will take approximately 4 weeks."

The controversial scheme includes 58 calming locations and a town wide 20mph zone. Some of the signs for the scheme have already been installed.

A parish poll was triggered by attendees at an Ilkley town meeting organised by the town council which resulted in a resounding no to the scheme. The result is non-binding on Ilkley Town Council or Bradford Council.

Ilkley Town Council has provided an element of match funding with the Highways Agreement signed in October 2022 meaning it was possible to expand the zone to cover a wider area, including Ben Rhydding.

Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw said “I am pleased to see we are in the final stages of delivery of this high quality scheme. 20mph zones are proven to work in reducing both the number and severity of collisions, improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. The installation of this scheme will improve conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

"It is important to note that the amount of traffic calming being installed is half the amount originally proposed, which we amended based on feedback through the consultation process. We have already delivered similar schemes elsewhere in the district and we’re confident that this is an appropriate scheme for Ilkley and will deliver lasting benefits for all highway users.”

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