‘Killer corner’ fear in Batley

Issue 627

LIVES may be lost on a new cycle lane in Batley that has no barrier to a busy road, a resident has claimed.

Neil Judge believes the path which runs across Brookroyd Lane to Wilton Park is an accident waiting to happen.

The cycle route goes past new homes built behind Mr Judge’s own property on Law Street.

Plans for a disability-friendly ‘K-Barrier’ are in place but it will be three to four months before work starts.

That leaves retired civil engineer Mr Judge worried as there is a blind bend on Brookroyd Lane that he dubbed a ‘killer corner’.

He fears children on bikes will not stop at the road junction and could get knocked down by traffic.

The cycle lane does have a wooden chicane barrier at the Wilton Park exit onto Brookroyd Lane.

But the lack of one opposite left Mr Judge concerned and he said: “It’s highly dangerous. I’m worried children will get killed.”

Mr Judge had a PCSO look at the path last Thursday and claimed he was told it is a safety risk.

The officer also supported Mr Judge’s further worries about the possibility of anti-social behaviour.

He said: “Only last week there was someone riding a moped around in the park. Is that what we’ll have to put up with?”

A council spokeswoman said funding for a barrier will come when the new financial year starts next month.

She added of the K Barrier: “This allows wheelchair access and has a knee rail extending from the barrier to the end of the timber fence.

“This will prevent cyclists passing around the barrier and will stop motorbikes from accessing the path.

“The grassed area next to the path is in private ownership so it is not possible to widen the path and overlap the barriers.”

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