Construction of a new cycle route connecting Braford city centre to the west of the city.

We are improving cycling infrastructure in Bradford by extending the Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway. We are constructing a new cycle route between the city centre and the west of the city running along Sunbridge Road and Thornton Road.

Designed to meet the latest cycling standards and the Highway Code, the route will be largely segregated with continuous cycleways over junctions to visually highlight priority for walking and cycling. The scheme will also deliver planting and greenery as well as cycle parking along the route, enhancing the area for everyone.

Providing a new route for walking and cycling will help to reduce congestion and related pollution and enhance public transport reliability. Making it easier for more people to get about will help to support the growth of the economy and job creation and increase the vibrancy of our city centre.

Works are now starting to construct the cycleway between the city centre and West Park Road for completion in Spring 2025.

A separate junction improvement scheme around the Cemetery Road/Thornton Road/Allerton Road junction will deliver the section of the cycleway between West Park Road and Lane Ends Close.

The proposals have been out to public consultation twice over the last three years and are now ready to be delivered. To find out more about the previous consultations, you can visit the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s YourVoice consultation website here: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/thorntoncycle

Funding for the project has come from central government’s Transforming Cities Fund and is being delivered in partnership by Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority. This funding pot is only available for the delivery of schemes to improve walking, cycling and public transport.


Construction

Our construction partner, Balfour Beatty, are now working to simultaneously build the scheme across the following 4 sites:

A6177 and Girlington Road junction

Thornton Road between Weetwood Road and Hollings Road

City Road/Thornton Road junction

Sunbridge Road / City Road

Timeline

January 2024: Enabling site work started.

May 2024: Enabling site work completed.

May 2024: Start of Construction.

Spring 2025: Estimated end of construction.

What to expect

Temporary traffic management measures, including traffic cones, contra-flows, temporary traffic lights, and on-street parking restrictions, will be in place along the route. These measures will be adapted in real-time as work is undertaken, with efforts to provide as much notice as possible and to minimise inconvenience.

Access for deliveries will be maintained for both businesses and residents thought the construction period.

Footpaths will remain open alongside sections of the new segregated cycleway, as it is built. Some locations will see pedestrian and cyclists share sections of pathways where space is limited. There will also be temporary relocation of some pedestrian crossings.

Bus routes, which are determined by bus operators working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority under the Metro brand, are not expected to change with one exception. A minor change has been made to the 67 service (Keighley Bus Company) which will use Goitside E from the 12th of May instead of stop S8 on Sunbridge Road.

There is likely to be some disruption for services that use Thronton Road, however, for updates you can follow @MetroTravelNews on X, call the Metro Line on 0113 245 7676 or visit the Metro website at wymetro.com.

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