Call for action on danger road

Damian Strudley, a father and also a govenor at Kinsley Primary school, is concerned over the amount of speeding and careless drivers using Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam. The road has seen numerous accidents involving children and young people over the last few years.'h310a313
Damian Strudley, a father and also a govenor at Kinsley Primary school, is concerned over the amount of speeding and careless drivers using Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam. The road has seen numerous accidents involving children and young people over the last few years.'h310a313

Worried parents are calling for speed restrictions on a ‘death trap’ road in Kinsley where an eight-year-old girl was hit by a car at the weekend.

It is the second accident in less than a month on Wakefield Road and parents say they fear someone will be killed if action isn’t taken.

Police say the youngster was knocked off her bike by a blue Land Rover car at the junction with Gorton Street on Sunday at about 5.30pm and taken to Pinderfields Hospital with serious injuries.

A 14-year-old boy was also seriously injured after being hit by a van at the pelican crossing near Ford Street, on February 25. Damian Strudley, parent and school governor for Kinsley Primary School – which is just 400 yards from where the accidents have taken place – is calling for Wakefield Council to put speed prevention measures into place to reduce the risk of accidents. Mr Strudley, 45, of Tombridge Crescent, Kinsley, said: “I have an eight-year-old son at that school and it frightens me to think he could be hit by a car.

“That road is a death trap and the council needs to implement measures to reduce the speed cars are driving along it. Someone is going to be killed if nothing is done.”

The speed limit on the road is 30mph but Mr Strudley said were no speed deterrents, such as a speed camera.

Insp Geoff Carter from the South East neighbourhood policing team said: “I am aware that there have been two incidents on that stretch of road and we will be doing all we can to slow down drivers and educate pedestrians to prevent any further collisions taking place.

“A lot of accidents can be prevented through education, on the part of drivers slowing down and pedestrians being more aware.”

Graham West, Wakefield Council service manager for highways network, said: “We are very concerned to hear about this accident and urge all drivers and pedestrians to take care on the roads.

“In recent years, several safety measures have been put in place at this location including two recently upgraded pelican crossings, a school crossing patrol outside the primary school, mobile speed checks and speed limit amendments. However we are never complacent and will be reviewing safety in this area again.

“We wish the girl a speedy and full recovery.”

Police enquiries are ongoing and anyone who has any information should contact police on 101.