Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

August 25, 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 week ahead.

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

This section sets out the main activities being carried out on our construction sites for the week ahead. If you would like more information about what is happening at these locations, including maps showing how these junctions are being transformed, please click on the headings to be taken to website.

Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate

Sunbridge Road

What: As mentioned last week, we are continuing works to the footpaths along Sunbridge Road. We are also installing the new cycle lane across Southgate.

At the island at the junction of Barry Street and Westgate we have almost completed the works. The final surfacing will be completed later, to coincide with other surfacing works to minimise disruption to traffic.

Traffic management: The eastbound lane closure on Sunbridge Road, between Barry Street and Godwin Street will remain in place. There is a diversion in place for vehicles travelling eastbound – they are being diverted along Barry Street.

Sackville Street will remain closed to through traffic while the work on Sunbridge Road is being carried out.

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 reinstate the paved area behind the kerbline is nearly complete.

Traffic management: Westgate will still be reduced to one lane travelling eastbound by the junction with Godwin Street while this work is being carried out.

Why: Works at this junction are being carried out in preparation for the reversal of the one-way route on Kirkgate and Westgate. This change will provide more space for bus stops and routes into the city.

Godwin Street

What: On Godwin Street, we are continuing work to remove the central reservation.

Traffic management: This week, the lane closures along Godwin Street will be extended down to Jacob’s Well roundabout. This will allow us to access the remaining central reservartion here, while ensuring merging traffic from Thornton Road or Little Horton Lane do not block junctions.

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, we will begin works in preparation for the filling in of the roundabout and the underpass.

Traffic management: There will be some lane closures and traffic management around Jacobs Well 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: Work is continuing along the southern sides of Croft Street and Senior Way to create new lanes for traffic. We are continuing to install new drainage in the central island.

Traffic management: The current lane closures around the Croft Street Gyratory 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

What: On Lower Kirkgate, we are continuing to carry out traffic signal and kerbing works at the Canal Road junction.

Traffic management: While this work is happening, a short bus diversion is in place on Lower Kirkgate. For more information about the diversions in place please continue to check the Metro website.

Next week, the taxi rank opposite M&S on Lower Kirkgate will no longer be in use, as work will begin to remove it permanently to make way for a new cycleway. The taxi rank located opposite River Island on Lower Kirkgate will still be in use.

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


Well Street and Vicar Lane

Church Bank

What: We have been continuing work to create a new bus stop on Church Bank next to the Broadway Centre. 

Traffic management: There will continue to be 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.


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 to help people navigate their way around on foot. A temporary crossing will also be installed next week.

Why: This work will create a new crossing link into the city centre.


Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings

What: On Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, we continued further site clearance works to remove street furniture and paving slabs. These works will continue next week.

Traffic management: Hall Ings is currently reduced to one lane of traffic westbound between the junction with George Street and the junction with Vicar Lane.

There is also a lane closure between Vicar Lane and at the corner of West Street.

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 on foot.

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.


We are continuing to monitor journey times around the city centre at various times of the day and have again seen peak time delays of only five minutes heading into and out of the city on average this week. 

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.


On Vicar Lane, we have completed removal of the island at the Ebenezer Street junction.

On Vicar Lane, we have completed removal of the island at the Ebenezer Street junction.


Reminder: Final chance to have your say on proposed internal improvements in Bradford Interchange

The survey, asking for your views on proposals to improve passenger experience within Bradford Interchange, closes at 11:59pm on Tuesday 29 August 2023.

To find out more and complete the survey please take a look at the Your Voice webpage. 

Thank you to everyone that came to our two drop in events this week and last, it was great to hear all your views on the proposals!


We have held two drop in events at Bradford Interchange, where people could provide their feedback and ask questions to the project team. The boards contain information about the project, all of which is in text format on the website, like have your say, the cycle hub layout.

We have held two drop in events at Bradford Interchange, where people could provide their feedback and ask questions to the project team. 

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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