Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

August 11, 2023

Welcome to the weekly e-newsletter for the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme.

This edition includes everything you need to know about the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme for the week ahead.

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates

See below for the main activities being carried out on our construction sites for the week ahead. If you would like more information about what is happening at these locations, please click on the headings to be taken to our website.

Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate

Sunbridge Road

What: We have been continuing footpath works along the north side of Sunbridge Road and began work on the southern footpath and on the island at the junction with Barry Street.

Traffic management: The eastbound lane closure on Sunbridge Road, between Barry Street and Godwin Street will remain in place, with vehicles travelling eastbound being diverted along Barry Street.

Sackville Street will remain closed to through traffic from Monday while the work on Sunbridge Road is being carried out.

Why: This work will provide wider footpaths and introduce cycle lanes. New bus shelters will also be put in place for bus routes travelling out of the city centre.


What: On Westgate, we have continued work to widen the carriageway, and this work will carry on next week.

Traffic management: Westgate will still be reduced to one lane travelling eastbound by the junction with Godwin Street while this work is being carried out.

Why: Works on at this junction are being carried out in preparation for the reversal of the one-way route on Kirkgate and Westgate, which will provide more space for bus stops for routes into the city.

Godwin Street

What: On Godwin Street, we have continued to remove the central reservation. This work will continue next week.

Traffic management: Godwin Street will continue to be reduced to two lanes between the junctions with Westgate and Sunbridge Road, and then to just one lane between the junctions with Sunbridge Road and Thornton Road to allow for works around the Sunbridge Road junction to continue.

Why: This work will create space for an additional lane for buses heading into the city centre.


Senior Way, Croft Street and Manchester Road

What: Work is continuing along the south side of Croft Street and on Senior Way to create a new lane for traffic. We will also continue to install new drainage in the central island.

Traffic management: The current lane closures around the Croft Street Gyratory will remain in place.

Why: The works here are to create an additional lane on the gyratory section of Croft Street in each direction.


Cheapside and Lower Kirkgate

What: At Lower Kirkgate we have been carrying out traffic signal and kerbing works at the Canal Road junction. This work will continue next week.

Traffic management: While this work is happening, a short bus diversion is in place on Lower Kirkgate. For more information about the diversions in place please continue to check the Metro website.

Why: The works here are to widen the junction to Canal Road, to allow for improved cycle lane provision.

Church Bank

What: We have been continuing work to create a new bus stop on Church Bank next to the Broadway Centre. 

Traffic management: Next week, there will continue to be two-way temporary traffic lights on Church Bank while this work is ongoing.

Why: This work will allow for the installation of a new bus stop and shelter on Church Bank.


Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings

What: On Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, we have continued further site clearance works to remove street furniture and paving slabs, these works will continue next week.

Traffic management: Hall Ings is currently reduced to one lane of traffic westbound between the junction with George Street and the junction with Vicar Lane.

There is also a lane closure between Vicar Lane and at the corner of West Street.

On Well Street, pedestrian routes are maintained around the works, and signs will be in place to help those in the city centre navigate their way around on foot.

Why: The works on Well Street will allow the street to be reopened as a two-way bus corridor on the east side of the Broadway Centre.

The work on Vicar Lane and Hall Ings, will allow for the reconnection of Vicar Lane to Hall Ings, with a new ‘CYCLOPS’ junction being introduced. This will allow the new bus route on Well Street to connect with the Interchange via Bridge Street.

Ebenezer Street

What: Work has continued to create new pedestrian crossing points on Vicar Lane and Ebenezer Street. Next week, the old crossing island between Vicar Lane and Ebenezer Street will be removed.

Traffic management: While this work is happening there will be footpath closures in place, including the crossing island. The diversions will be signposted to help those in the city centre navigate their way around on foot.

Why: The works to create new pedestrian crossings allows for the old crossing island to be removed, which is needed to allow for two-way traffic flow when Vicar Lane becomes a bus route.


We are continuing to monitor journey times around the city centre at various times of the day and have again seen peak time delays of only five minutes heading into and out of the city on average this week. 

Please do continue to plan your journeys into and around the city centre in advance and check the Future Bradford website, the One Network website, and our social media for regular updates and information. Details of our social media can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.


On Vicar Lane we have continued to remove street furniture.

On Vicar Lane we have continued to remove street furniture.


Have your say on the proposed internal improvements in Bradford Interchange

As well as the works to transform the city centre under the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme, other Future Bradford schemes are being proposed and implemented such as the Bradford Interchange Station Access Improvements scheme.

A new access route to the Interchange from Hall Ings, facilitated by the demolition of the NCP car park has been previously proposed and consulted on. Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are now seeking your views on proposals for internal improvements within the Interchange, aimed at improving passenger experience.

Some of the proposed improvements include:

  • New, modern seating facing new digital screens with real time bus information.
  • Safety and security improvements.
  • Improved wayfinding and signage.
  • Additional facilities such as multi-use quiet rooms to provide people with a peaceful private space which can be separated into two multi-faith prayer rooms, each with washing facilities and a new Changing Places’ toilet which has additional features for people with disabilities.
  • new cycle hub just outside of the Interchange with space for 75 cycles.

To find out more about the proposals and complete the survey please take a look at the Your Voice webpage.  The engagement is open until Tuesday 29th August at 11:59pm.


Visualisation showing the new seating, information boards, stairs and trees

Visualisation showing the new seating, information boards, stairs and trees

Other roadworks around the city

There continues to be other roadworks happening around the city at the same time as the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme.

As always, we will do our best to minimise disruption caused by the city centre scheme while works are ongoing.

To stay up to date with all the roadworks in the area please do continue to check One Network: one.network/uk/bradford.


As part of the Interchange scheme, preparation work has begun to the NCP carpark ahead of it being demolished.

As part of the Interchange scheme, preparation work has begun to the NCP carpark ahead of it being demolished. 


Find out more

You can find out more about the scheme on the Future Bradford website or by getting in touch using the details and links below.

Get in touch if you would like to ask any questions

Email: info@future-bradford.co.uk

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