Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds accident blackspots number halves

The number of accident blackspots in Leeds has more than halved in 10 years, a city council report shows.

The Sites for Concern report lists 71 junctions in the city which had 15 or more injury accidents in the five-year period 2005-09.

That is a record low and compares with 154 in the five years to 2000 and 80 in the five years to 2009.

Leeds City Council said the improvement was the result of work done by road safety officers and engineers.

Complacency warning

Richard Lewis, the council's executive member responsible for city development, said: "This report provides important information to help us concentrate our road safety schemes in areas where they are most needed.

"It is good to see this hard work is paying off - but there is still a lot of work to do and we will continue to work towards lowering accident and injury rates even further.

"However, I do worry about the impact of government spending cuts that may prevent us making as much progress in future.

"There is no room for complacency when it comes to making our roads safer."

All highways authorities have been told by the government to reduce the number of fatal and serious accidents by 40% and the number of children killed or seriously injured by 50% by 2010.

Leeds City Council said these targets had been met during 2009.

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