Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

October 20, 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 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.

Important changes on Vicar Lane, Great Cross Road, George Street, and West Street

From Monday 30th October 2023, work will begin on Vicar Lane, Great Cross Road, George Street, and West Street. Construction work is due to begin to make changes to the road network that, ultimately, will alter how vehicles use this area of the city centre. One element of this work is to install new bus stops in preparation for when buses switch to new routes in early 2024.

As part of this work there will be permanent changes to the road network on the following roads:

Vicar Lane

Vicar Lane will be closed to all vehicles after the junction with Great Cross Street. This will allow for the construction of a new bus route and bus stops. All traffic will be directed east along Great Cross Street to the junction with George Street. These changes will be a permanent feature for all traffic, except permitted vehicles, as the section of Vicar Lane from Great Cross street to Hall Ings will become a Bus Gate. Permitted vehicles, such as buses and taxis, will begin using the new route in early 2024 – more details for this will be released in the coming months.

Great Cross Street

Great Cross Street will continue to be a one-way street, but the direction of the traffic will be reversed, instead flowing from Vicar Lane to George Street.

George Street

George Street will become a two-way street between Leeds Road and Great Cross Street. This is an important change, as the road is currently only two-way between Leeds Road and West Street.


West Street

West Street will become a cul-de-sac as the road will be stopped up at its junction with Vicar Lane. It will become two-way for traffic, and all parking bays expect the disabled parking bays will be removed. This change allows for a new bus stop to be constructed outside of the Job Centre on Vicar Lane.

For more information about the works happening in this area, please visit our website. A page dedicated to the works in this area of the city centre can be found here: www.future-bradford.co.uk/Well-Street-and-Vicar-Lane

A map outlining the changes detailed above on Vicar Lane, Great Cross Road, George Street, and West Street. The map shows: The point where Vicar Lane will be closed to all vehicles after its junction with Great Cross Street. The point where West Street will become stopped up at the junction with Vicar Lane. The direction of the flow of traffic on West Street, Great Cross Street, and George Street after the changes to the road network.

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates 

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.


What: On Westgate, work to reshape the kerbline at the top of the hill at the Godwin Street junction, is underway.

Traffic management: Westgate will continue to be reduced to one lane travelling eastbound by the junction with Godwin Street.

Why: This change will provide more space for bus stops and routes into the city.

Godwin Street

What: Next week, work will continue on the central reservation and islands on Godwin Street and Prince’s Way. Work is also underway on the corner of Godwin Street and Sunbridge Road.

Traffic management: There will continue to be lane closures and traffic management along Godwin Street between Westgate and Jacobs Well. Vehicles travelling southbound on Godwin Street wishing to make a right turn onto Sunbridge Road to head west (out of town) are being diverted via Westgate and Kirkgate.

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


Jacobs Well, Prince’s Way and City Park

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

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: Next week, work will continue along the southern side of Croft Street and northern side of Senior Way to create new lanes for traffic. Drainage and highway widening works at these locations are in also progress.

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

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 continuing to carry out traffic signal and kerbing works at the Canal Road junction. On the northbound side, opposite M&S, work is continuing in preparation for the new cycleway on Lower Kirkgate.

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. The taxi rank opposite River Island on Lower Kirkgate is still in use.

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


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.


Well Street and Vicar Lane

Church Bank

What: Next week, work to construct the new road junction on Church Bank leading into Well Street will continue.

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 and kerbs is continuing.

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 lane closure on Vicar Lane at the corner of 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 signs 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 see our website.


Journey delays within the city centre

This week, we have seen delays of 17 minutes on some key routes during peak travel times. We are putting in additional traffic management measures in place to minimise these delays as much as possible.

As we approach the winter months, more of us will be travelling by car and delays may worsen as a result. To minimise delays, we can all still play our part by:

  • Planning ahead.
  • Allowing more time for travel. 
  • Avoiding blocking junctions. 
  • Sticking to traffic light signals.
  • Car sharing if possible.  
  • Avoiding travelling at peak times if possible. 
  • Taking public transport, walking, cycling or wheelingif possible.



There are a number of bus diversions in place across the city centre.

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


Early notice of upcoming bus changes 

From early 2024, new bus routes will come into effect and buses will no longer travel through the city centre. Instead, they will be routed around the core along dedicated bus routes to improve reliability and journey times.

More information on these route changes will be shared in the coming months within future e-newsletters and on the Future Bradford 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/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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