Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

February 23, 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.

Reminder: Permanent closure of Hall Ings between Bridge Street and Jacobs Well

Hall Ings, between Bridge Street and Jacob’s Well, is now permanently closed to general traffic. This closure has been brought forward ahead of the start of Phase Two works to allow for accelerated works to begin on site clearance and underground services.

The closure prevents all traffic, except buses and construction vehicles, travelling westbound from Drake Street to Jacobs Well. 

Eastbound traffic is still able to use Hall Ings temporarily, ahead of the planned full closure of Hall Ings to all vehicles to create the space for the expanded Norfolk Gardens, due to be complete by the end of this year.

Traffic is affected as follows:

  • Eastbound Traffic from Jacobs Well to Shipley Airedale Road will remain unaffecteduntil spring 2024 (Purple Line on map).
  • Access will be maintained from Shipley Airedale Road into Little Germany, the Leisure Exchange area and The Broadway Shopping Centre car park at all times (Green Line on map). 
  • Bank Street and Broadway will be open to buses, taxis, and local resident and business access only (Orange Line on map).
  • Drake Street will be open to buses, taxis and local accessin one direction only from Hall Ings to the Law Courts access road (Brown Line on map).
  • Hall Ings, between Bridge Street and Jacobs Well will be open to buses and construction traffic only – this will be camera enforced (Red Line on map). 
  • Westbound through traffic that would normally have used Hall Ings will move to its new permanent route via Shipley Airedale Road, Croft Street and on to Manchester Road/Princes Way (Blue Line on map).


A map showing the changes on Hall Ings, which will come into effect from Monday 19 February 2024. Details on map described above.

A map showing the changes on Hall Ings, which have now come into effect since Monday 19 February 2024.

Croft Street gyratory

As shared in last week’s e-newsletter work on Croft Street is nearing completion. From today (23 February 2024) you will see most of the traffic management measures removed from Senior Way and Croft Street as we near the end of construction Phase One. Some traffic management will remain on Manchester Road and Nelson Street as the final sections of footway paving is completed.

Drivers will be able to use the new lanes on Senior Way and Croft Street. There are new road signs and lane markings, which direct you to the new lanes that drivers will now need to follow.

The most significant change, is a new route for traffic heading into the city centre from Croft Street. The previous right turn onto Manchester Road is now not permitted and traffic should cross straight over Manchester Road and follow the loop to Senior Way and then turn left onto Manchester Road. See below for a map of the changes, and new routes.

The work around Croft Street will see an additional lane on the gyratory section added, in addition to improvements to crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

For more information about the work around Croft Street, click here.


A map showing the new routes around Croft Street gyratory. Details described in paragraph above.

A map showing the new routes around Croft Street gyratory.

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: Works are continuing to the new central reservation on Godwin Street between Sunbridge 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 Steet 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 Horton 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.

Traffic management: There will continue to be lane closures and traffic management around Jacobs Well and the approaches to the roundabout.

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. Next week, works to install new signs, traffic signals and pedestrian crossing points will be continuing around the Croft Street gyratory and Manchester Road.

Traffic management: The lane closures around the Croft Street gyratory have been removed as noted above, but some lanes remain closed or narrowed on Manchester Road and Nelson Street 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 is ongoing 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 has been permanently removed to make way for a new cycleway. Traffic management has been installed with four-way traffic lights on the section of Lower Kirkgate between the Midland Hotel and the junction with Cheapside, Market Street, and Kirkgate.

There is a temporary pedestrian route in place near the junction of Kirkgate/Lower Kirkgate/Cheapside/Market Street. This route is in place to ensure that pedestrians have a safe route away from the main road and works happening in this area. Signs are in place to help direct pedestrians along this route and avoid traffic on the main road.

Why: The 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 and work to install a new bus shelter is progressing.

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 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 road links in the area.


Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings

What: On Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, the installation of new drainage, kerbs, footways, and new carriageway 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 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.

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 pedestrian route on the south side of Hall Ings/Leeds Road has now been re-routed between the junction with George Street, to the point on Hall Ings adjacent to the Crown Court building, and instead now passes via West Street (between the Job Centre and Premier Inn).

Hall Ings, between Bridge Street and Jacobs Well, is now closed to general traffic. This change is permanent. Click here for more information.

Why: 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.

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.

Section of Hall Ings, with the old NCP car park in background, which is now closed to general traffic.

Photo of a section of Hall Ings, with the old NCP car park in background, which is now closed to general traffic.

Reminder: upcoming bus and road changes in Spring 2024

In spring 2024, new bus routes and road layouts will come into effect and motor vehicles, including buses, will no longer travel through the heart of the city centre. Instead, they will be routed around the core of the city centre, and buses will travel along dedicated bus routes to improve bus reliability, and allow for the transformation of the city centre and the creation of new, attractive public spaces.

Some roads in the city centre will become pedestrianised, including:

  • Hall Ings
  • Bank Street
  • Market Street
  • Parts of Bridge Street and Little Horton Lane

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


Reminder: Temporary closure of the Bradford Interchange bus station 

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.

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