Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Oops, sorry!

Walking home through Saltaire on Bank Holiday Monday teatime, I happened upon this collision at the junction of Victoria Road with Saltaire Road, the main road to Leeds, just beside the Salts Hospital building. Not the first to happen here by a long, long way... and it won't be the last I'm sure. It looked fairly minor but there was an ambulance parked and somebody apparently being treated inside - even in a crash like this you can suffer nasty whiplash and shock.

Traffic is one of Saltaire's biggest problems. There are plans afoot to try to improve congestion at the junction of the two main roads at Saltaire roundabout, but I'm concerned that the measures there (traffic lights and blocking access to some roads) will only serve to make the minor roads through the village busier and more dangerous. There really ought to be traffic lights at this junction. It's a nightmare trying to pull out of the top of Victoria Road, waiting for a gap in the traffic. Vehicles on Saltaire road often drive far too fast (at least, when they aren't stuck in a traffic jam there!) So people do take risks, as possibly the driver of the cream car was trying to do. I'm sure that wasn't the way anyone wanted their day out to end....

9 comments:

  1. Any traffic accident is a miserable business. Let's hope the people involved in this one recover quickly. More to the point, let's hope the traffic control gets installed before anything more serious occurs.

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  2. A great journalistic shot!
    i think that nowadays, the traffic is becoming a problem absolutely everywhere!

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  3. Traffic is a big problem in India too !!Nicely shared !!

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  4. It does seem as if a traffic light would be a help -- we've finally acquired a few at dangerous intersections where I live and it's been a major improvement.

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  5. Always upsetting aren't they ... both to witness and to be involved in.

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  6. Here the problem is people running through red lights and causing serious injuries. It happened again over the weekend and a child was almost killed. It really is upsetting because it is so preventable!

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  7. Traffic is a problem everywhere. But it pays to have a camera handy to record journalistic moments like this.

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  8. Traffic in towns and cities is a big problem. Our councils are forever trying to invent schemes to keep cars out of the city. Like whopping parking fees and improved park and ride public transport.

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  9. At least the accident happened right near the hospital. We have a few roundabouts here, but our drivers are probably no where near as fast in them here as over there. ~Lili

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