Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

January 19, 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

Overnight works, to resurface the road, were due to take place this week on Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January 2024 on Vicar Lane between the junctions of Bridge Street and Great Cross Street. Due to the low temperatures, this work has been delayed and is due to commence in the coming weeks.

Local diversion routes will be in place while this work is being carried out and advance notice of this work will be provided.


A map showing the section of Vicar Lane where resurfacing works are taking place overnight in the coming weeks. Starting from the south end of Vicar Lane at the junction of Bridge Street, up to the junction of Great Cross Street.

A map showing the section of Vicar Lane where resurfacing works are taking place overnight in the coming weeks.

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 and between Thornton Road and Jacobs Well.

Traffic management:

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

On Godwin Street,  a diversion is in place for southbound traffic wanting to turn right onto Little Hornton Lane. Instead, traffic is being re-routed around Jacobs Well roundabout and back along Prince’s Way to then make a left turn onto Little Horton Lane.

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.



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


On Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, the installation of new drainage, kerbs and new carriageway and footways is continuing. In the coming weeks, overnight works will take place 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 and advance notice will be provided.

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.

In the coming weeks, there will be some alterations to pedestrian routes on both sides of Hall Ings. The temporary routes will be signed and protected from the works and traffic.

The existing pedestrian crossing on Bridge Street at the junction with Vicar Lane will be closed in the coming weeks, and instead there will be a new crossing on the other side of the junction.

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.


A collage featuring seven photographs of the construction work around Bradford city centre, as outlined in the above section titled ‘This week's construction, traffic, and access updates’. In the photos, work can be seen progressing at Well Street, Lower Kirkgate, Jacobs Well, Prince’s Way, Hall Ings, and Godwin Street.

Photo collage of the works around the city centre, where good progress is continuing to be made.

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.

More information on these route changes will be shared in the coming months on the metro website.


Reminder: Temporary closure of the Bradford Interchange bus station 

Today, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has confirmed that Bradford Interchange bus station is to remain closed for at least two months. They have issued a statement which can be found on their website.

Information about alternative bus stops for services unable to use the Interchange Bus Station can be found on the Metro website

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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