Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

November 3, 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.


This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates 


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.



What: On Westgate, work to reshape the kerbline at the top of the hill at the Godwin Street junction, is now complete.

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

Why: This change will provide more space for bus stops and routes into the city.


Godwin Street

What: On Westgate, work to reshape the kerbline at the top of the hill at the Godwin Street junction, is now complete.

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

Why: This change will provide more space for bus stops and routes into the city.

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 approaches.

Why: This work will see Jacobs Well roundabout become a super crossing.


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. Drainage and highway widening works at these locations and the northbound side of Manchester Road are also in progress.

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.


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: 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.

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



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.

WhyThis work will create a new crossing link into the city centre.


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, the installation of new drainage and kerbs is continuing.

From Thursday 9 November, work will commence on Vicar Lane, Great Cross Street, George Street, and West Street that will see permanent changes to the road layout.

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.

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 see our website.


Reminder – Important changes on Vicar Lane, Great Cross Road, George Street, and West Street

Work was due to begin on Monday 30 October on Vicar Lane, Great Cross Road, George Street, and West Street, however due to heavy rainfall, we have not been able to paint the necessary road markings. Therefore, these works have been delayed. Work is now due to begin on Thursday 9 November 2023. 

This work will make changes to the road network that will alter how vehicles use this area of the city centre. As part of this work there will be permanent changes to the road network on the following roads:

  • Vicar Lane 
  • Great Cross Street 
  • George Street
  • West Street

The disabled bays on West Street will remain accessible throughout these works as West Street will become two-way.

More information about to the works in this area can be found here.

We also sent a letter to local businesses and residents explaining these changes which you can view here.

A map showing the changes being made to traffic flow from to enable works to be carried out.

A map showing the changes being made to traffic flow from to enable works to be carried out. 


BD:is LIT 2023 

This Friday and Saturday, Bradford’s city centre will host BD:is LIT, a light festival with illuminating sculptures and performance art.

To assist with the increased footfall expected during the festival, there will be some road closures in place on both days.

Friday 3 November and Saturday 4 November 2023

From 4.45pm to 6.10pm Sunbridge Road, between Godwin Street and Market Street, will be restricted to buses only.

After 6.10pm, Sunbridge Road, between Godwin Street and Market Street will be closed to all vehicles until 10pm.

While this restriction and road closure is in place, traffic will be diverted along Godwin Street, onto Prince’s Way, and then left onto Hall Ings where a normal route can be resumed.

There will be some bus service alterations, including some services running from different stops. Information about this will be displayed at bus stops.

For more information about the event please click here.

Photo of an illuminated sculpture.


Remembrance and Armistice Day services 

Saturday 11 November and Sunday 12 November 2023

On Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday the Bradford district will pay its respects and remember all those who have lost their lives, been wounded, have suffered or are still suffering in any way, due to past and present conflicts around the world.

Due to the extensive groundworks taking place in the area around the cenotaph, the Bradford city centre services for Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday will take place in City Park this year.

On Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November at 11am a short service will take place in Centenary Square. The Last Post and Reveille will be sounded and a two minutes’ silence will be observed.

The annual Parade and Service of Remembrance will take place in City Park on Remembrance Sunday. The Parade will form at City Hall and make its way around the Mirror Pool. The service will start at 11am and the Sunset Ceremony will conclude the service. Those who’d like to take part in the parade are asked to assemble in Centenary Square at 10.15am.

With up to 2000 people expected, the difficult decision to relocate the service to the City Park this year has been taken in consultation with various representatives to ensure that there will be enough room for those attending to do so safely and for the service and act of remembrance to retain its dignity.

Extra spaces will be made available for disabled parking for Blue Badge holders on Broadway for the service of Remembrance on Sunday 12 November.

Access to the immediate area around the cenotaph will be kept clear so that those who would like to visit to pay their respects either before or after the service can do so. 

Wreaths laid as part of Remembrance Sunday service will remain in City Park during the afternoon and will be transferred safely and respectfully to the Cenotaph later in the day.

More information about the services for Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday 

The 77th Bradford Festival of Remembrance takes place on Sunday 5 November 5pm at Bradford Cathedral. The Festival begins with community singing and a short concert, ahead of the Service of Remembrance. Doors open at 4.30pm please arrive ready to be seated by 4.50pm. Please click here for more information.

Early notice of upcoming bus changes 

From early 2024, new bus routes will come into effect and buses will no longer travel through the city centre. Instead, they will be routed around the core along dedicated bus routes to improve reliability and journey times.

More information on these route changes will be shared in the coming months within future e-newsletters and on the Future Bradford website.

For information on current bus disruptions and diversions around the district please do check the Metro website: https://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/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.

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