This edition includes everything you need to know about the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme for the coming days.
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Welcome back to the first e-newsletter of 2024.
2024 is an exciting year for Bradford as we see changes made to the core of the city centre to create brand-new public spaces, including the pedestrianisation of Hall Ings, as well as changes to the way buses move around the city centre. This is all before we become the UK City of Culture in 2025.
Throughout the next couple of months we will continue to be sharing all the information that you need to know about the changes being made to the city centre.
Over the coming months, work will begin in the core of the city centre to create new public spaces, such as the new liner park on Hall Ings. The design of these new spaces will include high-quality materials that are in keeping with the city centre’s existing spaces.
By using similar materials throughout the works in the city centre, we will create a much improved and consistent look, creating a clear sense of identity that is distinctly the best of Bradford.
The materials that will be used include sandstone, granite, and porphyry, and are all durable to ensure that they withstand the test of time. Where possible, existing sandstone paving will be reused to minimise waste.
This design will complement the city’s historic setting, distinguishing between, and connecting, various routes for pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles. New terraces, planters, and stone blocks within the city centre heart will offer seating and places to relax.
Further details about the work to deliver these improvements will be shared in future e-newsletters, including exciting previews of the changes you can expect to see finalised by 2025.
As a reminder, the current traffic management in place is outlined below.
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. Works are continuing to the new central reserve on Godwin Street between Sunbidge Road and Thornton Road.
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.
Why: This change will provide more space for bus stops and routes into the city and an additional bus lane on Godwin Street.
What: At Jacobs Well, works are continuing to fill the centre of the roundabout.
As mentioned in previous e-newsletters, the traffic lights at the approaches to Jacobs Well roundabout are no longer in use. Instead the entrances to the roundabout are ‘Give Ways’. This will allow us to disconnect the signals and cables so we can continue the removal of the concrete from the roundabout, on the inner ring road.
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.
What: Work is nearing completion on Croft Street and on the northern side of Senior Way to create new lanes for traffic. New carriageway surfacing has been completed and works to install new signs, traffic signals and pedestrian crossing points will be continuing around the gyratory and Manchester Road.
Traffic management: The lane closures around the Croft Street Gyratory and Manchester Road have been removed where possible, but some lanes remain closed 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.
What: We are nearing completion of works on the northern side of Lower Kirkgate, opposite M&S. Work has now begun 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 will permanently be removed to make way for a new cycleway. Traffic management has been installed with two-way traffic lights on the section of Lower Kirkgate between Canal Road and the Midland Hotel.
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.
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.
What: Work to construct the new road junction on Church Bank leading into Well Street 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 link between Church Bank and Well Street.
What: On Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, the installation of new drainage, kerbs and new carriageway and footways is continuing.
Work is continuing on Vicar Lane, and West Street. This will see permanent changes to the road layout, for more information on this work please click here.
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. On Well Street, pedestrian routes are maintained around the works, and diversion signs are in place.
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 do see our website.
Photo of Godwin Street, where we have widened the road to install an additional southbound lane.
As shared in recent e-newsletters, the physical demolition of the NCP car park is set to begin towards the end of January and is scheduled to last around three months.
To allow for this work to be carried out, there may be some lane closures around the site. Further information about the work to carry out the demolition will be shared in upcoming e-newsletters.
Bradford Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, want to hear your views on the South Bradford Park and Ride Scheme.
The consultation period has now been extended until 15 January 2024 to allow more people the opportunity to have their say.
We are also holding an additional drop-in session on Tuesday 9 January 2024 between 4-7:30pm at St Matthew’s School, Ivy House Road, Bradford, BD5 8FG.
Please click here for more information and to have your say.
As a reminder, from early 2024, new bus routes will come into effect and buses will no longer travel through the heart of the city centre. Instead, they will be routed around the core of the city centre along dedicated bus routes to improve bus reliability and journey times, and allow for the transformation of the city centre and the creation of new, attractive public spaces.
Look out for more information on these route changes which will be shared in the coming months.
For information on current bus disruptions and diversions around the district please do check the Metro website www.wymetro.com/plan-a-journey/travel-news/bus-travel-alerts/
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has taken the precautionary measure to close Bradford Interchange Bus Station today following some damage believed to be linked to recent extreme weather.
Bus services are still running and information about alternative bus stops for services unable to use the Interchange Bus Station can be found on the Metro website.
Train services are not affected, and this part of the interchange is open.
To help The West Yorkshire Combined Authority to manage the closure of the Bradford Interchange bus station, Bradford Council have temporarily closed Jacobs Well Car Park. Alternative car parks are available, for information about all car parks in the city centre please visit: www.bradford.gov.uk/transport-and-travel/parking/car-parks-in-bradford.
To stay up to date with all the roadworks in the area please do continue to check One Network: One Network website.
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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