Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

September 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 under the news section if you would like to look back at previous editions.

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates

Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate

Sunbridge Road

What: On Sunbridge Road, we are continuing works to the footpaths and cycle lanes on both sides of the road.

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

What: On Westgate, work to reshape the kerbline at the top of the hill at the Godwin Street junction, to suit the reversed traffic flow, has started.

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

Why: Works at this junction are being carried out now that the one-way system on Kirkgate and Westgate has been reversed. This change will provide more space for bus stops and routes into the city.

Godwin Street

What: Next week, work will continue on the remaining central reservation and central islands on Godwin Street and Prince’s Way.

Traffic management: There will continue to be lane closures and traffic management along Godwin Street between Westgate and Jacobs Well while this work is being carried out.

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 in preparation for the filling in of the roundabout and the underpass.

Traffic management: There will continue to be lane closures and traffic management around Jacobs Well and approaches while this work is being carried out.

Why: This work will see Jacobs Well roundabout removed as it will no longer be needed when Hall Ings is closed to motor traffic in early 2024.

 

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. New drainage is continuing to be installed in the central island.

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.

 

Cheapside and Lower Kirkgate

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: While this work is taking place a short bus diversion is in place on Lower Kirkgate. For more information about the diversions in place across the district please continue to check the Metro website.

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.

Cheapside

What: We are continuing to install a new pedestrian crossing outside the Midland Hotel.

Traffic management: While this work is happening, pedestrian access is being maintained with signs in place and a temporary crossing available to help people navigate their way around.

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, site clearance works and 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 to help those in the city centre navigate their way around.

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.

Reversal of the one-way system on Kirkgate/Westgate: 

On 19 September 2023, the one-way system on Kirkgate and Westgate was permanently reversed and now runs downhill from Westgate towards Kirkgate.

This reversal will facilitate the creation of a public transport corridor in this location.

The parking bays on the north side of Kirkgate (the Mechanics Institute Library and Cash Converters side) have also been re-aligned to accommodate the changed traffic direction.

There is signage in place to advise road users of the change.

Plan ahead… 

Now that schools are back, we have noticed an increase in journey times along some key corridors.

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.

Map of one.nework website to help plan journeys. Link above.

One Network website

Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders

On 14 September, to deliver the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme, the council made an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order. It proposed:

  • Road closures on Currer Street, Vicar Lane, West Street, Sharpe Street and Little Horton Lane.
  • A change of direction of the one-way system on Great Cross Street, Westgate/Kirkgate and Dale Street.
  • The removal of the existing one-way systems on George Street and Vicar Lane to create two-way travel.
  • The introduction of one-way systems on Sunbridge Road and Kirkgate.

You can find out more about the advertised order, as well as how you can comment on the scheme here.

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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