TINSHILL ROAD – TRAFFIC ISSUES

A number of residents have contacted Caroline and I recently in relation to various traffic issues on Tinshill Road. The Council’s Highways Engineer has produced a “Position Statement” to address the issues raised and this is set out below:

“Leeds City Council has been subject to requests on a number of occasions to implement parking restrictions on Tinshill Road, Cookridge to address concerns that on-street parking causes safety concerns and is detrimental to the free-flow of traffic.

There are two areas of concern: the lower section of Tinshill Road between Wood Hill Road and Dale Park Avenue and also the upper section in the vicinity of Tinshill Drive.

– Officers have undertaken many site visits on different days and at different time in response to these concerns, to investigate and determine the extent of the issue. Our observations have shown that on-street parking in these areas is more prevalent than some adjacent roads and that this will have an impact on the ability for vehicles heading towards each other to pass the parked vehicles without one driver having to give way.

– It is believed that the parking on the lower section of Tinshill Road is associated with commuter parking, most likely to Horsforth Rail Station, but perhaps also to the commercial premises on Station Road, Horsforth. The parking on the upper section of Tinshill Road is believed to be residential as well as being customers and staff of the commercial premises in the vicinity of Tinshill Drive, such as the veterinary practice.

– The Council is mindful that there is a need to maintain both acceptable traffic flow along what is a well-used local distributor route, but also a need to maintain parking provision in this area for residents, commuters and commercial businesses and accept there is a balance that needs to be met.

– It is felt that, at present, the level of parking that takes place is acceptable considering the demands in the area. Typically, the parking on the lower section of Tinshill Road takes place on the eastern side of the carriageway only, maintaining two-way traffic flow. On occasion, a single vehicle has been noted as parking on the western side thus causing a give and take situation, however this is infrequent and the Council does not believe this currently merits the provision of parking restrictions to prevent parking on the western side. The Council intends to progress the implementation of measures around the junctions of Tinshill Road with Dale Park Avenue and Dale Park View, to ensure that adequate visibility is maintained at these junctions.

– On the upper section of Tinshill Road, parking on both sides of the carriageway does occur with more frequency than the lower section and parking in this area is a more constant fixture than the lower section, suggesting that a proportion of this is residential. Whilst a give and take situation does occur, observations show that drivers do not have to wait an unreasonable time before they can move on.

– Considering the low impact on traffic flow that this parking is noted to have and the legitimate demand for on-street parking for residents and to facilitate commercial activity in the upper area of Tinshill Road, the Council does not believe it is necessary to consider the implementation of further parking restrictions in this area at this time. The effect of such a provision would be to negatively impact on residential and commercial parking provision and would displace traffic to other locations, potentially causing problems in other locations. – A separate concern that is occasionally raised regarding Tinshill Road is the speed of traffic along the road. Overleaf is a breakdown of the results of the latest speed surveys.

Upper Section

Daily Vehicular Volume Mean Speed Traffic between 30 – 35 mph Traffic below 30mph Traffic above 35mph
5671 28.0mph 1401 (24.7%) 3668 (64.7%) 596 (10.6%)

Lower Section

Daily Vehicular Volume Mean Speed Traffic between 30 – 35 mph Traffic below 30mph Traffic above 35mph
5090 30.7mph 1936 (38.0%) 2033 (39.9%) 1122 (22.1%)

It is evident from the results above that for the upper section of Tinshill Road, the vast majority of traffic is travelling within the speed the Police would consider enforcing.

For the lower section of Tinshill Road, it is evident that vehicular speeds are higher. This is in line with expectations, considering the additional gradient aiding an increase in speed for southbound traffic, as well as less junctions to consider and a straighter layout of the carriageway. Ideally, the Council would seek to see lower vehicle speeds in this location however considering that the speeds are in the general area of the posted speed limit and there have been zero injury accidents in this area that were either directly or indirectly influenced by speed, there is currently no remit to introduce speed reducing engineering measures.

– The Council believes that on-street parking can assist in lowering vehicle speeds along a route by physically forcing drivers to have to slow and/ or stop to allow another vehicle to pass. By removing all on-street parking through the introduction of parking restrictions, this may create a clear route for drivers who will in turn likely adopt a higher speed knowing that they will not be obstructed. To introduce measures that will see mean speeds increase works against the Council’s desire to make streets a safer place for road users, particularly those more vulnerable users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

– The current five-year injury accident data the Council holds for Tinshill Road shows one ‘serious’ injury accident in 2014, where a driver has ‘failed to look’ properly and turned across an oncoming vehicle towards another street, causing a collision. Furthermore, there have been three ‘slight’ injury accidents, all in the vicinity of the Wood Hill Road junction. A 2017 ‘loss of control’ accident occurred when an elderly driver collided with parked vehicles. A 2016 accident occurred due to the driver being ‘impaired by alcohol’. A 2014 ‘failed to look’ accident occurred when a pedestrian under the influence of alcohol entered the road into the path of an oncoming vehicle. No accidents were directly or indirectly related to vehicle speed.

– To conclude, Leeds City Council believes the current level of parking on Tinshill Road does not impede the free flow of traffic along this route to an intolerable level, nor does it prevent reasonable accessibility to private driveways. The Council shall seek to address the currently minor concern of parking close to the Dale Park Avenue and View junctions which can hamper visibility. Furthermore, the parking acts as a measure to reduce vehicle speeds along the route by encouraging drivers to slow and/ or stop to allow another vehicle to pass. Removing this will increase vehicle speeds along the route. There is no existing prevalent accident pattern that requires engineering intervention and therefore no further action is proposed at this time, however officers will continue to monitor the location when in the area.”