We’re in the process of transforming Bradford city centre for the future, delivering a new, modern city centre through an ambitious programme of works.

The construction programme has two phases:

Phase 1: Works to the outer roads around the city centre including Manchester Road, Croft Street, Prince’s Way, Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate, Westgate, Lower Kirkgate and Vicar Lane.

These works are taking place between summer 2023 and spring 2024 and are now nearly completed. These works are to enable buses to move to new routes in April 2024.

Phase 2: Works to pedestrianise roads in the core of the city centre including Hall Ings, Market Street, Bank Street, and parts of Little Horton Lane and Bridge Street. These works are taking place between spring 2024 and spring 2025.

These works are to create new green and public spaces, as well as make the city centre more pleasant and easier to get around on foot, in a wheelchair or by bike.

While the end result will be worth it, the scale of construction works means that delays to journeys to and from the city centre are likely, particularly at peak times.

However, once the team complete Phase 1 of the works and people get used to the new routes around the city centre, we expect these delays to be reduced.

On this page, you can click on the relevant buttons below to view what construction phase you are most interested in.

Bus Services

As mentioned above bus services will move to use new routes from April 2024. To find out more, please visit the Metro website here:

Plan your journey

There are a number of ways you can minimise delays to your journeys and help the district to keep moving.

  • Plan ahead by checking the latest information before you travel. Please be aware that all journeys may be affected, including those in buses and cars.
  • Travel outside peak times where possible, especially where a journey is not time sensitive.
  • Take the bus. One double-decker bus can accommodate the same number of passengers as up to 60 cars meaning if more people use the bus, delays will be reduced.
  • Share car journeys to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
  • Walk or cycle if possible.
  • Allow more time for journeys.
  • Avoid blocking yellow box junctions to help traffic move more freely for us all.

Visualisation of Bridge Street with people walking along the paved street, lined with trees, sharing with cyclists and grass areas.

Check live congestion reports

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You can consider the best routes for your journey by checking live congestion reports and seeing exactly where road works for all construction projects are across the whole district by visiting:

Bradford Council and its project partners will do everything possible to minimise delays and provide the information you need.


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    To view the phase that you are most interested in, please click on the different phases below.

    Phase 1 (July 2023-Spring 2024)

    Phase 2 (Spring 2024-March 2025)