Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

July 28, 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.

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates

See below for 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, please click on the headings to be taken to our website.

Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate

  • This week we have been paving the areas where the islands were on Sunbridge Road. From next week we will be continuing footpath works along the north side of the road. The eastbound lane closure currently in place on Sunbridge Road, between Barry Street and Godwin Street will remain in place, with vehicles travelling eastbound being diverted along Barry Street. 
  • On Westgate, we have been removing the existing kerbline and have begun installing the new one. This work will continue next week. There will also be work to widen the carriageway. Westgate will continue to be reduced to one lane travelling eastbound by the junction with Godwin Street. 
  • On Godwin Street we have now removed the central reservation guardrail and commenced excavating the central reserve. Godwin Street will continue to be reduced to two lanes between the junctions with Westgate and Sunbridge Road, and then to just one lane between the junctions with Sunbridge Road and Thornton Road to allow for works around the Sunbridge Road junction to continue.

Senior Way, Croft Street and Manchester Road

  • This week we have continued excavation work along the roadside on the south side of Croft Street and on Senior Way to create a new lane. Work also began to install new drainage in the central island. This work will continue next week.
  • There will continue to be lane closures around the Croft Street Gyratory

Cheapside and Lower Kirkgate

  • At Lower Kirkgate we have continued to carry out traffic signal and kerbing works at the Canal Road junction. The kerbing works will continue next week.

Well Street and Vicar Lane

  • Next week there will betwo-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 has been further 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.
  • This week work commenced to install new pedestrian crossing points on Vicar Lane and Ebenezer Street. This work will continue next week. While this work is happening there will be footpath closures in place

We are continuing to monitor journey times around the city centre at various times of the day and have seen peak time delays of only six minutes heading into the city and eight minutes heading out of the city 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 widening the carriageway on Senior Way.

This week we have been widening the carriageway on Senior Way.

Your questions answered

How is the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme being paid for?

Funding for the scheme is primarily coming from the government’s Department for Transport (DfT), alongside contributions from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The funding is only available for transport-related projects that promote sustainable travel, such as travelling by public transport, walking, and cycling.

How will the scheme create a better city centre environment?

The scheme has been designed to reduce traffic in the very heart of the city centre and introduce far more green and attractive public space to the area. This will improve the look and feel of the city centre and make it far easier to walk between different areas on foot, including those hosting attractions and events during the City of Culture celebrations in 2025.

The scheme also aims to improve the reliability of bus services and cycling and walking options, leading to reduced congestion and emissions in the city centre.

What is happening at Bradford Interchange?

The work to both Bradford Interchange and the wider city centre is part of four linked projects designed to improve the city centre and enable more people to travel around Bradford district without relying on the use of a car.

Alongside the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme, the other three projects are:


This week we have been removing the central reservation guardrail on Godwin Street.

This week we have been removing the central reservation guardrail on Godwin Street.

Other roadworks around the city – Wakefield Road

There are other roadworks happening around the city at the same time as the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme.

The temporary removal of the cycle lane in place at Wakefield Road began last Friday to help alleviate congestion which could be caused by the Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme works.

This week there will be further traffic management measures in place while works are ongoing on a section of Wakefield Road between Croft Street and Dudley Hill during both the day and night:

  • Today, Friday 28 July, there has been a lane closureon the outbound section between 9:30am – 3:30pm.
  • From this evening, Friday 28 July at 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, 29 July, again from 8:00pm until 5:00am Saturday to Sunday.

As always, we will do our best to minimise disruption while works are ongoing.

To stay up to date with all the roadworks in the area please do continue to check One Network: one.network/uk/bradford.


BD:Festival is happening this evening, 28 July, and throughout the day tomorrow, 29 July, in the city centre.

There will be a road closure on Sunbridge Road between Godwin Street and Market Street, with bus diversions in place.

You can find out information about the bus services affected on the Metro website.

For parking information please visit: bradford.gov.uk/transport-and-travel/parking/car-parks-in-bradford

Bradford Festival. Friday 28th - Saturday 29th July. Bradford City Centre.

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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