Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

August 4, 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.

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

  • We have been continuing footpath works along the north side of Sunbridge Road. Next week, we will begin work on the southern footpath and on the island at the junction with Barry Street.
  • The eastbound lane closureon Sunbridge Road, between Barry Street and Godwin Street will remain in place, with vehicles travelling eastbound being diverted along Barry Street.
  • Sackville Street will also be closed to through traffic from Monday while the work on Sunbridge Road is being carried out.
  • On Westgate, we have been widening the carriageway. Westgate will continue to be reduced to one lane travelling eastbound by the junction with Godwin Street while this work is being carried out. 
  • On Godwin Street, we began removing the central reserve. This work will continue next week. 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

  • Work is continuing along the south side of Croft Street and on Senior Way to create a new lane for traffic. We also installed new drainage in the central island.
  • The current lane closures around the Croft Street Gyratory will remain in place.

Cheapside and Lower Kirkgate

  • At Lower Kirkgate we have been carrying out traffic signal and kerbing works at the Canal Road junction. This work will continue next week.
  • 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.

Well Street and Vicar Lane

  • We have been working to create a new bus stop on Church Bank next to the Broadway Centre. Next week, there will continue to be two-way temporary traffic lights on Church Bank while this work is ongoing.
  • On Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, we have undertaken 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.
  • Work has begun to create 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. The diversions will be signposted to help those in the city centre navigate their way around.

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 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.



We have been widening the carriageway on Senior Way.


Your questions answered

What will the city centre scheme mean for Bradford?

The Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements scheme has been designed to play a key role in our ambitious plans to boost the regeneration of the city centre, to help make Bradford one of the UK’s leading 21st century cities. We’re creating new public spaces – and transforming transport and travel into and around the city centre by improving routes and facilities for public transport, cycling, and walking.

One of the biggest changes to Bradford’s centre as part of this scheme will be the new ‘linear park’ created where the existing road space is on Hall Ings. This will feature new trees and other types of planting.

As well as creation of new public spaces, there will be improvements to existing public spaces. The team are installing high-quality paving and landscaping, as well as new green areas, planting and seating, delivering the perfect spaces for public events or gathering to meet friends and family.

The city centre project is part of an array of projects being delivered in Bradford as part of the Transforming Cities Fund. Another is the Interchange Station Access Improvements Scheme, which includes the demolition of the NCP car park on Hall Ings. This will enable a new access point to the Interchange. Together, these projects will create a dramatically improved sense of arrival to the city centre for visitors and commuters to Bradford’s city centre and be a more pleasant environment for everyone to spend time in.

When will the work finish?

The vast majority of construction work will be completed in January 2025. However, it is currently anticipated that finishing touches, such as planting and installing street furniture, will be taking place until March 2025.


Hall Ings Terraces Visualisation

Visualisation of Hall Ings Terraces.

Other roadworks around the city

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

Wakefield Road

On Tuesday 8 August 2023 there will be lane closures on the outbound section of Wakefield Road between Neville Road and Fenby Avenue from 9:30am until 3:30pm. This will facilitate works to temporarily remove the cycle lane.

Nelson Street

On Nelson Street, work will be carried out by Openreach from Monday 7 August 2023 for around a week.

As always, we will do our best to minimise disruption caused by the city centre scheme 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.


We have been widening the carriageway on Croft Street Gyratory.


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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