Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

July 21, 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, information around how the city centre will be transformed and changes to bus services.

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates

Below, we have set out the main activities being carried out on our construction sites. If you would like more information about what is going on at these locations, please click on the headings to be taken to our website.

Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate

  • This week we have removed the traffic islands between Barry Street and Godwin Street. From next week we will be paving the areas where the islands were. 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.
  • On Westgate, we have been removing some of the pavement and street furniture so the Godwin Street junction can be expanded. Next week we will finish removing the old kerbline and begin installing the new one. Westgate has been reduced to one lane travelling eastbound by the junction with Godwin Street.
  • Godwin Street has been reduced to two lanes between Westgate and Sunbridge Road and then just one lane between Sunbridge Road and Thornton Road to allow for works around the Sunbridge Road junction to begin.

Senior Way, Croft Street and Manchester Road

  • This week we have been excavating along the roadside on the south side of Croft Street in order to create a new lane. This week work will begin to install new drainage in the central island.
  • There will continue to be lane closures around the Croft Street Gyratory.

Cheapside and Lower Kirkgate

  • At Lower Kirkgate we have been carrying out traffic signal and kerbing works at the Canal Road junction, and this will continue next week.

Well Street and Vicar Lane

  • Next week there will be two-way temporary traffic lights on Church Bank to allow works to create a new bus stop next to the Broadway Centre to begin.
  • On Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings this week there have been site clearance works to remove street furniture and paving slabs, these works will continue next week. Hall Ings is currently reduced to one lane of traffic westbound between the junction with George Street and the junction with Vicar Lane.

We are monitoring journey times around the city centre at various times of the day and have seen peak time delays of only six minutes on average.

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.

 

This week we have been removing central islands on Sunbridge Road.

This week we have been removing central islands on Sunbridge Road.

How the city centre will be transformed

The scheme has been designed to play a key role in plans to boost regeneration to help Bradford become one of the UK’s leading 21st century cities.

The city centre will see the following changes:

  • Buses will be rerouted around the centre of town with new bus hubs at key locations to improve bus service reliability.
  • Large areas of the city centre, including some major roads like Hall Ings, will become pedestrianised so the area is much more pleasant to spend time in. Vehicle access will be limited while still allowing deliveries.
  • New cycling and walking routes are being created in and around the centre to make travelling on foot and by cycle much easier.
  • New planting and landscaping will make the centre of town more pleasant.

 

Hall Ings Terraces Visualisation

Visualisation of Hall Ings – This area will be pedestrianised to help encourage people to spend and enjoy time in the area.

 

Your questions answered

We have received some questions through our channels about how bus services may change from February 2024. Below are answers to some of the questions we’ve received.

Why are you re-routing traffic and buses from the heart of the city centre?

Reducing traffic within the heart of the city centre will create a safer and quieter environment for visitors. It will also improve air quality and facilitate improvements for cycling and walking, meaning that people can still easily get around. Bus services will still serve key city centre locations but will travel along dedicated routes improving their reliability.

People travelling by car will continue to be able to get to key car parks or disabled parking to visit the city centre.

Will bus services still travel to the city centre during construction works?

During the first phase of construction works, from now until early 2024, buses will largely remain on their existing routes into the city centre and bus stops will also remain in their current locations.

We may need to temporarily move a bus stop while works are ongoing. We will communicate changes to bus stop users through signage at affected bus stops – this will include information about where a bus stop will be moved to during the works.

Where will I find information about changes to bus services?

Bus services will be rerouted around the city centre from February 2024. We will let you know where you can find out more information about the changes to bus services through this e-newsletter and through our other platforms when it becomes available. Please watch this space.

 

This week we have been widening the carriageway at Croft Street Gyratory.

This week we have been widening the carriageway at Croft Street Gyratory.

Other roadworks around the city

There are other roadworks happening around the city at the same time as the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme, such as the temporary removal of the temporary cycle lane on Wakefield Road which has begun today. This is to help alleviate congestion which could be caused by the Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme.

There will be some road closures in place while works are ongoing including both overnight and day closures:

  • On Friday 21 July between 9:30am -3:30pm there will be a lane closure on the inbound section.
  • On Friday 21 July from 8:00pm until 5:00am and on Saturday 22 July there will be a full road closure inbound. There will be another full road closure the following day, again from 8:00pm until 5:00am Saturday to Sunday.
  • On Tuesday 25 July between 9:30am – 3:30pm there will be a lane closure on the outbound section.
  • On Friday 28 July between 9:30am – 3:30pm there will be a lane closure on the outbound section.
  • On Friday 28 July from 8:00pm until 5:00am on Saturday 29 July there will be a full road closure outbound. There will be another full road closure the following day, again from 8:00pm until 5:00am Saturday to Sunday.

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.

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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Twitter: @bmdcHighways

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