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Airedale Route

Volume 77: debated on Monday 15 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether, during the recent consultation exercise relating to the Airedale route to the east of Bingley, he took steps

Number of accidents
SectionLength1980198119821983
(kilometres)FASERSLTFASERSLTFASERSLTFASERSLT
Kildwick to Steeton3·0804101416512031114031316
Steeton to Victoria Park Roundabout, Keighley4·63161320182534082028011920
Victoria Park to Crossflats3·392122337182736042327291425
Crossflats to Cottingley Bar4·4723263101330432103042052227
Cottingley Bar to Fox's Corner3·20081422031417162128051419
Note: FA = Fatal SER = Serious SL = Slight T = Total

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what is the current daily traffic flow on the A650 trunk road between Bingley and Cottingley Bar and the forecast daily traffic flow on the proposed Airedale route between the same points.

The current daily traffic flow on the A650 between Bingley and Cottingley Bar is about 31,000 vehicles per day. The traffic flow on the proposed Airedale route between the same points in the design year 2001 is expected to be about 35,000 vehicles per day.

to consult interested parties other than those living in the immediate vicinity of Saltaire, Shipley and Bingley and the appropriate local authorities.

Wide media coverage was given to the exhibition of alternative routes. I took account of all representations received including those forwarded by my hon. Friend the Member for Keighley (Mr. Waller).

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what account he took of accident casualty rates on the A650 trunk road between Cottingley Bar and Fox Corner, Shipley, before reaffirming the decision to terminate the Airedale route at Cottingley Bar.

Accident rates are one of a number of important matters taken into account in the choice of a route.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what effect he expects the decision to terminate the A650 Airedale route at Cottingley Bar will have on projected traffic levels on the proposed Shipley eastern bypass.

The choice of route to the east of Bingley is unlikely to have any significant effect on the amount of the forecast traffic on the Shipley eastern bypass southwards from the point where traffic from the Airedale route will join it. North of that point the traffic level is expected to be about half of the amount on the southern part of thebypass.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if, for the past five years, he will provide comparative accident casualty statistics showing (a) deaths, (b) serious injuries and (c) minor injuries for the section of the A650 trunk road between Cottingley Bar and Fox Corner, Shipley, and for convenient equivalent sections between Kildwick and Cottingley Bar.

The following is the information available. 1984 figures are not yet to hand.