Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

July 14, 2023

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

This edition includes updates on the measures being used to manage traffic around our construction sites. Read on to learn more about the work being undertaken to bring forward this exciting scheme for Bradford.

Lane closure on Sunbridge Road so we can work on the pedestrian crossings

Lane closure on Sunbridge Road so we can work on the pedestrian crossings.

Work has started

This week, our contractor Balfour Beatty started construction work along roads and at junctions surrounding the heart of the city centre to improve the highway network for buses and cyclists.

We expect this initial work around the heart of the city centre to be complete by February 2024, and new bus routes will then come into effect.

For more information on the timelines of the scheme visit our website.

Well Street and Vicar Lane

  • There will be some works to remove planters and dig up paving in the currently pedestrianised areas. This will not affect traffic.
  • Hall Ings will be reduced to one lane of traffic westbound between the junction with George Street and the junction with Vicar Lane. This is to allow us to remove some paving outside the Job Centre to enable the junction to be extended.
  • From Monday 24 July, we will begin works to the pedestrian crossing at the junction of Ebenezer Street and Vicar Lane.

Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate

  • The eastbound lane closure on Sunbridge Road, between Barry Street and Godwin Street will remain in place with vehicles travelling eastbound diverted along Barry Street. The closure is so we can remove the traffic islands on this section of Sunbridge Road.
  • Westgate will be reduced to one lane travelling eastbound by the junction with Godwin Street. This is so we can change the kerbline here.

Senior Way, Croft Street and Manchester Road

  • There will be some lane closures around the Croft Street Gyratory to allow works to traffic lights, change kerblines and remove some street lights.
  • These roads will remain open in all directions and there will be no diversions in place, we just expect there may be some minor delays around this area due to some lanes being closed to traffic.

Please continue to check the Future Bradford website and our social media for regular updates and information. Details of our social media can be found at the bottom of the newsletter.

One Network 

You can also see exactly where road works are across the whole district by visiting: one.network/uk/bradford.

Screen shot of One Network website

The One Network website.

Other roadworks within the city centre

There are other works happening within the city centre such as the One City Park project (which involves a lane closure on the southbound side of Godwin Street and Prince’s Way) and the District Heating project (which involves installing pipework across Godwin Street at the junction with Thornton Road).

While these works are ongoing we will do our best to minimise the roadworks for the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements scheme to avoid further disruption.

Your questions answered

Here we answer some of the most common questions we have been receiving over the last week.

Where can I park while construction is happening? 

We will endeavour to maintain access to all car parks (other than the NCP on Hall Ings which is being demolished) throughout the construction process.

You can find information about what car parks are open and how much they cost by clicking here.

When will the buses be moved, and when will I know where my new bus stop is?

The bus stops are being moved out of the very heart of the city centre in February 2024.

However, they will still get very close to the heart of the city centre and will be within accessibility standards. There will also be bus stops on Kirkgate.

There will be more information around the bus changes in the coming months.

Why are you working on so many areas at the same time rather than undertaking work on one area at a time?

This project is probably the most wide-ranging and ambitious change to Bradford city centre for 50 years. As such, there is a significant level of work to undertake.

As well as this, we are aiming to have most works complete by the end of 2024, ready for Bradford to be the UK City of Culture in 2025. This requires work to be undertaken at a number of sites at the same time.

Working on each location one-by-one would significantly lengthen the time taken to undertake the works and would mean any disruption would also last for longer

 

Preparing Well Street to become a public transport corridor.

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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Twitter: @bmdcHighways

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