Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

August 18, 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

This section sets out 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, including maps showing how these junctions are being transformed, please click on the headings to be taken to our website.

Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate

Sunbridge Road

What: We are continuing works to the footpaths along the northern and southern sides of Sunbridge Road, as well as on the southern footpath and on the island at the junction with Barry Street. This week work will begin to install the new cycle lane across Southgate.

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 while the work on Sunbridge Road is being carried out.

Vehicle access will be maintained while the cycle lane works are happening on Southgate.

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, work to widen the carriageway is now complete. Next week, work will begin to reinstate the paved area behind the kerbline.

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

Godwin Street

What: On Godwin Street, we are continuing work to remove the central reservation.

Traffic management: Godwin Street will continue to have lane closures along it to allow for the rest of the central reservation to be removed.

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: On 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.


Well Street and Vicar Lane

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.


What: We started works to install a new pedestrian crossing outside the Midland Hotel.

Traffic management: While this work is happening, pedestrian access will still be maintained, with signs in place to help people navigate their way around on foot.

There will be four-way temporary traffic lights in place outside the Midland Hotel, but these will be controlled by traffic sensors rather than on a timer. Due to the traffic sensors, delays caused by the traffic lights will be minimised.

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


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: The old crossing island between Vicar Lane and Ebenezer Street has now been removed, and there are no further works in this area next week.

Traffic management: The old island is now closed off, and the new pedestrian crossing is now available.

Why: The removal of the old crossing island 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 5 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 Godwin Street we have continued to remove the central reservation.

On Godwin Street we have continued to remove the central reservation.


Reminder: Have your say on proposed internal improvements in Bradford Interchange

As shared in last week’s e-newsletter, the proposals aim to improve passenger experience, including introducing new modern seating, a ‘Changing Places toilet’ and a secure cycle hub.

Come and find out more at our face-to-face event next week, between 2pm and 6pm on Wednesday 23 August at the lower concourse in the Interchange.

To find out more and complete the survey please take a look at the  Your Voice webpage. The engagement is running up until Tuesday 29 August 2023.


The proposed secure cycle hanger in the new station forecourt, as viewed from the main entrance to the interchange.

The proposed secure cycle hanger in the new station forecourt, as viewed from the main entrance to the interchange. 

Demolition of the old NCP carpark

Work has continued this week in preparation for the demolition of the NCP carpark, being carried out as part of the Interchange scheme.

Some of the work already completed includes:

  • Removal of asbestos
  • Removal of temporary hoarding and protection
  • Clearance of old retail units


Work has been completed to clear retail units within the NCP carpark.

Work has been completed to clear retail units within the NCP carpark.

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/uk/bradford.

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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