Tractor and car collide at Dyneley Arms notorious blackspot

Tractor and car collide at Dyneley Arms notorious blackspot

Tractor and car collide at Dyneley Arms notorious blackspot

First published in Local news Wharfedale Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A notorious accident blackspot has been the scene of another crash, despite a series of safety improvements.

Police closed the busy A660 on Friday after a collision between a car and a tractor at the Dyneley Arms crossroads, on Pool Bank.

Tailbacks of traffic built up in both directions after the crash, which happened shortly after 7.30am on Leeds Road, near the junction with the A658 Pool Bank and Harrogate Road.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service sent a rapid-response vehicle and ambulance to the scene and a woman was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. She is not thought to have suffered serious injuries.

The crossroads has become infamous as the scene of frequent crashes.

Four years ago the site shot up the ranks of the most hazardous road junction in Leeds, rising from 30th to 15th on Leeds City Council’s sites for concern list.

Campaigners called for alterations to the crossroads and a lowering of speed limits to cut the accident rate.

Changes have since been put in place, with lower speed limits and a right-turning filter from the direction of the airport into Leeds.

Adel and Wharfedale councillor Clive Fox said the crossroads now ranked about 30th on the list of sites for concern.

He said changes in recent years included speed limit reductions and an extension of the 40mph area from Bramhope as far as the Dyneley Arms.

He said one of the biggest causes of accidents at the crossroads had been traffic approaching from the airport direction and turning left towards Leeds, but now a filter – paid for by the airport – was in place.

Coun Fox said the council was now waiting to assess how successful the improvements had been in reducing accidents. “They have done a lot of work in recent years bit by bit,” he said.

“We will have to wait and see what the five-year record is now at the Dyneley Arms.”

He said the council would say it was too early to judge whether the recent changes had led to a drop in accidents.

He stressed: “A lot of effort has been put into improving safety there. It is hard to see what other measures can be put in that are feasible.”

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