Well Street and Vicar Lane

Well Street Visualisation people walking on pavement in the city centre

What is happening here?

Our team are creating new bus hubs as well as making the area easier to get around for those on foot by closing a couple of roads to traffic, including Currer Street (at its junction with Well Street), Vicar Lane (at its junction with Hall Ings), and George Street (at its junction with Leeds Road).

The traffic island at Ebenezer Street will be removed, there will be work to the pavement outside of the Job Centre and work to the junction of Vicar Lane/Leeds Road to enable buses and taxis to enter and exit the junction. There will also be changes made to open Well Street to public transport and taxis.

Please see the map below for more details.

Which roads will be affected?

A map detailing the changes that Well Street and Vicar Lane will see as part of the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme. There are nine captions on the map. Caption one: Currer Street will be closed to traffic at its junction with Well Street. Caption two: There will be one lane of traffic going into the Broadway Centre car park, with two lanes of traffic going out of the Broadway Centre car park. The cycleway will become shared space past the Broadway Centre. Caption three: Vicar lane will be closed to traffic at its junction with Hall Ings. Caption four: There will be two new bus hubs on Hall Ings. The bus hub on the north side of Hall Ings has been moved closer to the junction with Vicar Lane. Caption five: Vehicles will still be able to access George Street in both directions. Caption six: West Street will be closed at its junction with George Street and bollards will be installed to prevent vehicles from travelling along it. Caption seven: There will be two new bus hubs on Vicar Lane with on-street parking removed to facilitate this change. The section of Vicar Lane to the south of Hall Ings will become two way, but will be open to busies and taxis only. Caption eight: The taxi rank by the corner of Well Street will be retained. Caption nine: The bus hub which was previously closer to the junction of Well Street and Hall Ings has been moved closer to the Broadway Centre entrance.

A map detailing the changes that Well Street and Vicar Lane will see as part of the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme.

There are nine captions on the map.

Caption one: Currer Street will be closed to traffic at its junction with Well Street.

Caption two: There will be one lane of traffic going into the Broadway Centre car park, with two lanes of traffic going out of the Broadway Centre car park. The cycleway will become shared space past the Broadway Centre.

Caption three: Vicar Lane will be closed to traffic at its junction with Hall Ings.

Caption four: There will be two new bus hubs on Hall Ings. The bus hub on the north side of Hall Ings has been moved closer to the junction with Vicar Lane.

Caption five: Vehicles will still be able to access George Street in both directions.

Caption six: West Street will be closed at its junction with George Street and bollards installed to prevent from travelling along it.

Caption seven: There will be two new bus hubs on Vicar Lane with on-street parking removed to facilitate this change. The section of Vicar Lane to the south of Hall Ings will become two way, but will be open to buses and taxis only.

Caption eight: The taxi rank by the corner of Well Street will be retained.

Caption nine: The bus hub which was previously closer to the junction of Well Street and Hall Ings has been moved closer to the Broadway Centre entrance.

What effect will construction have on the road network?

We are anticipating that all roads will remain open to traffic, as they currently are, until spring 2024. Until then, there may be temporary lane closures, temporary traffic lights and temporary changes to footpaths to enable us to make changes to the highway network. However, you will still be able to access all roads by car, van, motorcycle etc. 

Please plan your journey ahead of time as we expect there to be delays. From spring 2024, Hall Ings, Bank Street, Market Street, Broadway and some of Bridge Street will not be accessible by car with exceptions for deliveries only.

Update October 2023: Important changes on Vicar Lane, Great Cross Road, George Street, and West Street

From Monday 30th October 2023, work will begin on Vicar Lane, Great Cross Road, George Street, and West Street. Construction work is due to begin to make changes to the road network that, ultimately, will alter how vehicles use this area of the city centre. One element of this work is to install new bus stops in preparation for when buses switch to new routes in spring 2024.

As part of this work there will be permanent changes to the road network on the following roads:

Vicar Lane

Great Cross Street

George Street

West Street

You can view a map of how these roads will flow following the changes below:

A map outlining the changes detailed above on Vicar Lane, Great Cross Road, George Street, and West Street. The map shows: The point where Vicar Lane will be closed to all vehicles after its junction with Great Cross Street. The point where West Street will become stopped up at the junction with Vicar Lane. The direction of the flow of traffic on West Street, Great Cross Street, and George Street after the changes to the road network.

We have sent a letter to residents and businesses in the area to inform them of the works and the change to the road network that you can read here.

Upcoming changes: