Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

December 22, 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.

The final e-newsletter of 2023

2023 saw the start of construction of the Bradford City Centre Improvements Scheme, and a lot of progress has been made since! Work is not set to slow down in 2024 as we begin making changes to the core of the city centre to create brand-new public spaces.

We will continue to share all you need to know about these works in future e-newsletters in 2024.

From all the Future Bradford team, we wish you a lovely festive period and a happy new year

Enquiries over the next few weeks...

Please be aware that over the festive period, from Friday 22 December 2023 until Tuesday 2 January 2024, the Future Bradford email address and phoneline will not be monitored.

All urgent enquiries relating to the city centre works can be directed to Balfour Beatty, the contractors delivering the works, on 0800 121 4444. Alternatively, Bradford Council’s Customer Contact Centre can be reached on 01274431000.


This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates 

Over the festive period, from Friday 22 December 2023 until Tuesday 2 January 2024, work in the city centre is being scaled back, and wherever possible, traffic management will be reduced, and businesses will remain open as usual.

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.

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

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 previously, 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 now been completed and new signs and signals will be installed in the new year.

Works to widen the highway and install new pedestrian crossing points are ongoing at these locations and on the northbound side of Manchester Road.

Traffic management: The current lane closures around the Croft Street Gyratory and Manchester Road have been removed where possible.

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. In the new year, work will switch to the southern side of the road adjacent to Broadway to construct the 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 removed from most of the road for the festive period.

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 will continue in the new year.

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, kerbs and new carriageway and footways is continuing.

Work is continuing on Vicar Lane, and West Street. This 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.

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.


New footway and cycleway on Lower Kirkgate.

Photo of the new footway and cycleway on Lower Kirkgate.

NCP car park demolition 

As shared last week the physical demolition of the NCP car park is set to begin early in the new year and will last around three months.

We have sent a letter to residents and businesses close to the NCP car park to update them on the demolition. To read this letter, click here.

You can also watch a video of how the building will be demolished here.


Consultation period extended for the South Bradford Park and Ride Scheme

Bradford Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, want to hear your views on the South Bradford Park and Ride Scheme. 

The consultation period has now been extended until 15 January 2024 to allow more people the opportunity to have their say.

We are also holding an additional drop-in session on Tuesday 9 January 2024 between 4-7:30pm at St Matthew’s School, Ivy House Road, Bradford, BD5 8FG.


Big Red Bridge in Bradford.

Photo of the red bridge on Manchester Road.

Reminder: upcoming bus and road changes in 2024

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.

Look out for more information on these route changes which will be shared in the coming months.

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

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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