Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

January 12, 2024

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 coming days.

We upload each weekly newsletter to the Future Bradford website. You can find copies of each e-newsletter on our news page if you would like to look back at previous editions.

Overnight works on Vicar Lane

Next week, overnight works will take place on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January 2024 on Vicar Lane between the junctions of Bridge Street and Great Cross Street. This work will allow new road surfacing to take place.

Local diversion routes will be in place while this work is being carried out.

 

A map showing the section of Vicar Lane where resurfacing works are taking place overnight on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January 2024. The red line between Great Cross Street and Bridge Street is the section of road that will be closed while these works are taking place.

A map showing the section of Vicar Lane where resurfacing works are taking place overnight on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January 2024. The red line between Great Cross Street and Bridge Street is the section of road that will be closed while these works are taking place.

The new Cones children’s book is progressing

As shared in the e-newsletter shared on 1 December 2023, Balfour Beatty, the construction team delivering the Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme, is working in partnership with Cones Books to bring the story of Bradford’s transformation to life.

The book, which will be presented to primary schools in the Bradford district, is on track to be released this year and this week, the team at Balfour Beatty have met with the authors of the Cone’s books to further develop the story.

More information about the book will be shared in upcoming e-newsletters.

Previous Cones book produced in collaboration with Balfour Beatty in Leeds, titled 'Cones and Building Bridges’.

Photo of a previous Cones book produced in collaboration with Balfour Beatty in Leeds, titled ‘Cones and Building Bridges’.

 

Work is nearing completion around the city centre

As shared in last week’s e-newsletter, over the coming months work will begin in the core of the city centre to create new public spaces. This work will begin once most of the work to the outer roads of the city centre is complete.

Balfour Beatty, the contractors carrying out the works to the city centre, have made good progress over the past few months in preparation for when buses will no longer travel through the heart of the city centre in the coming months.

Carry on reading to find out how much progress has been made!

Croft Street: 

On Croft Street, new carriageway surfacing has been completed, allowing some lane closures around Croft Street Gyratory and Manchester Road to be removed.

Godwin Street:

On Godwin Street, work to widen the road has almost been completed, this will allow the team to install an additional southbound lane to make more space for all road users when the new bus routes come into effect.

Work to lay paving at the junction of Godwin Street and Sunbridge Road is also progressing with Italian porphyry granite paving also being laid in the Godwin Street central reserve, with the previous guardrails being refitted back into place.

Photo of new paving at Godwin Street.

Photo of new paving at Godwin Street.

Newly paved Godwin Street central reserve.

Photo of Godwin Street central reserve.

Manchester Road:

The footway on Manchester Road passing through Croft Street Gyratory is also nearing completion.

The new footway and cycleway on Manchester Road between Reyhill Grove and Croft Street will re-use the existing paving flags that are currently in place to reduce waste.

The Senior Way memorial stone has also been incorporated into the new road layout adjacent to the new Manchester Road footway.

New footway and cycleway on Manchester Road.

Photo of the new footway and cycleway on Manchester Road.

Memorial stone on Senior Way.

Photo of the memorial stone on Senior Way.

Hall Ings, Well Street, and Vicar Lane: 

The new ‘CYCLOPS’ junction layout at the junction of Hall Ings, Leeds Road, Vicar Lane, and Well Street is progressing well, with sandstone paving being used on the footways to match the existing paving in the city centre.

New 'CYCLOPS' junction island.

Photo of the new ‘CYCLOPS’ junction island. 

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates 

As a reminder, the current traffic management in place is outlined below. 

Sunbridge Road

What: On Sunbridge Road, works are continuing on both sides of the road to the footpaths and cycle lanes.

Traffic management: The eastbound lane closure on Sunbridge Road, between Barry Street and Godwin Street, will remain in place. Vehicles travelling eastbound are being diverted along Barry Street. Sackville Street will continue to remain closed to through traffic. Vehicles will still be able to access Southgate while the cycle lane works are happening.

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

 

Westgate and Godwin Street

What: On Westgate, work to reshape the kerbline at the top of the hill at the Godwin Street junction, is now complete. Works are continuing to the new central reserve on Godwin Street between Sunbidge Road and Thornton Road.

Traffic management: Westgate will continue to be reduced to one lane travelling eastbound to the junction with Godwin Street. Godwin Steet will continue to be reduced to one lane in both directions between Sunbridge Road and Thornton Road.

Why: This change will provide more space for bus stops and routes into the city and an additional bus lane on Godwin Street.

 

Jacobs Well, Prince’s Way and City Park

What: At Jacobs Well, works are continuing to fill the centre of the roundabout.

As mentioned in previous e-newsletters, the traffic lights at the approaches to Jacobs Well roundabout are no longer in use. Instead the entrances to the roundabout are ‘Give Ways’. This will allow us to disconnect the signals and cables so we can continue the removal of the concrete from the roundabout, on the inner ring road.

Traffic management: There will continue to be lane closures and traffic management around Jacobs Well and approaches.

Why: This work will see Jacobs Well roundabout become a super crossing.

 

Senior Way, Croft Street and Manchester Road

What: Work is nearing completion on Croft Street and on the northern side of Senior Way to create new lanes for traffic. New carriageway surfacing has been completed and works to install new signs, traffic signals and pedestrian crossing points will be continuing around the gyratory and Manchester Road.

Traffic management: The lane closures around the Croft Street Gyratory and Manchester Road have been removed where possible, but some lanes remain closed to provide safe walking routes for pedestrians and space for the ongoing works.

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

 

Lower Kirkgate

What: We are nearing completion of works on the northern side of Lower Kirkgate, opposite M&S. Work has now begun on the southern side of the road adjacent to Broadway Centre to construct a new cycleway and footway.

Traffic management: The taxi rank opposite M&S on Lower Kirkgate is no longer in use and will permanently be removed to make way for a new cycleway. Traffic management has been installed with two-way traffic lights on the section of Lower Kirkgate between Canal Road and the Midland Hotel.

WhyThe works here are to widen the junction to Canal Road, to allow for improved cycle lane provision, and build a new bus shelter.

 

Cheapside

What: We are continuing to install a new pedestrian crossing outside the Midland Hotel.

Traffic management: Pedestrian access is being maintained with signs in place and a temporary crossing available.

Why: This work will create a new crossing link into the city centre.

 

Church Bank

What: Work to construct the new road junction on Church Bank leading into Well Street is continuing.

Traffic management: There are two-way temporary traffic lights on Church Bank while this work is ongoing.

Why: This work will allow for the new link between Church Bank and Well Street.

 

Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings

What: On Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, the installation of new drainage, kerbs and new carriageway and footways is continuing. Next week, overnight works will take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on Vicar Lane between the junctions of Bridge Street and Great Cross Street. This work will allow new road surfacing to take place. Local diversion routes will be in place while this work is being carried out.

The work on Vicar Lane, and West Street will see permanent changes to the road layout, for more information on this work please click here.

Traffic management: Hall Ings will continue to be reduced to one lane of traffic westbound between the junction with George Street and the junction with Vicar Lane. The road closure on Vicar Lane at the corner Great Cross Street to West Street will also remain in place while this work is being carried out. On Well Street, pedestrian routes are maintained around the works, and diversion signs are in place.

As shared above, next week there will be additional overnight road closures in place on Vicar Lane on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Diversions will be in place.

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.

If you would like more information about what is happening across the city centre, including maps showing how the city is being transformed, please do see our website.

 

Final chance to have your say on the South Bradford Park and Ride Scheme

Bradford Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, want to hear your views on the South Bradford Park and Ride Scheme. 

The consultation period closes this Monday, 15 January 2024, at midnight. 

Thank you to everyone who has has taken time to share their views and come along to one of our consultation events.

Please click here for more information and to have your say.

Bradford Interchange consultation event with information boards on easels at St Matthews C of E Primary School.

Photo of the consultation that we held this week at St Matthews C of E Primary School.

Reminder: upcoming bus and road changes in 2024

As a reminder, from early 2024, new bus routes will come into effect and buses will no longer travel through the heart of the city centre. Instead, they will be routed around the core of the city centre along dedicated bus routes to improve bus reliability and journey times, and allow for the transformation of the city centre and the creation of new, attractive public spaces.

Look out for more information on these route changes which will be shared in the coming months.

 

Reminder: Temporary closure of the Bradford Interchange bus station and Jacobs Well Car Park

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has taken the precautionary measure to close Bradford Interchange Bus Station today following some damage believed to be linked to recent extreme weather.

Bus services are still running and information about alternative bus stops for services unable to use the Interchange Bus Station can be found on the Metro website.

Train services are not affected, and this part of the interchange is open.

Please note that The Metro Travel Centre in the Interchange is also closed. The MCard App,  wymetro.com and MetroLine phoneline (0113 245 7676) are available for ticket purchasing and information.

To help The West Yorkshire Combined Authority to manage the closure of the Bradford Interchange bus station, Bradford Council have temporarily closed Jacobs Well Car Park.  Alternative car parks are available, for information about all car parks in the city centre please visit: www.bradford.gov.uk/transport-and-travel/parking/car-parks-in-bradford.

For information on current bus disruptions and diversions around the district please do check the Metro website www.wymetro.com/plan-a-journey/travel-news/bus-travel-alerts/

 

Other roadworks around the city 

To stay up to date with all the roadworks in the area please do continue to check One Network:  One Network website.

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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