Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

September 8, 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  to website.

Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate

Sunbridge Road

What: On Sunbridge Road, we are continuing works to the footpaths and cycle lanes on both sides of the road.

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 continue to 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: From Tuesday 19 September, work will begin to reverse the one-way system on Kirkgate. Once complete, the one-way system will instead run south west. The parking on the south eastern side will be removed to facilitate a bus hub with space for up to three buses.

Traffic management: To facilitate this change, Kirkgate/Westgate will be closed from Monday 18 September at 5pm until Tuesday 19 September at 6am. The reversal will be in effect from Tuesday 19 September. There will be signage in place to advise road users of the change.

Why: The reversal and removal of parking on the south eastern side will facilitate space for the bus hub, and allow the new bus routes to operate from February 2024.


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, to tie into the lane closure on Godwin Street.

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: Next week, work will continue on the remaining central reservation and central islands on Godwin Street and Prince’s Way.

Traffic management: There will continue to be lane closures and traffic management along Godwin Street and Jacobs Well while this work is being carried out.

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, works are continuing in preparation for the filling in of the roundabout and the underpass.

Traffic management: There will continue to be 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 side of Croft Street and northern side of 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.

Since last week, a lane closure has also been installed on the northbound carriageway on Manchester Road to provide further safe access to the works around the Croft Street Gyratory.

Why: The works here are to create an additional lane on the gyratory section of Croft Street in each direction.


Cheapside and Lower Kirkgate

Lower Kirkgate

What:On Lower Kirkgate, we are continuing to carry out traffic signal and kerbing works at the Canal Road junction. Work is also continuing on the northbound side, opposite M&S, in preparation for the new cycleway on Lower Kirkgate. 

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 across the district please continue to check the Metro website.

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.

Why: The 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: While this work is happening, pedestrian access is being maintained, with signs in place and a temporary crossing available to help people navigate their way around.

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


Well Street and Vicar Lane

Church Bank

What: We will continue to construct the new road junction on Church Bank leading into Well Street.

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.

Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings

What: On Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, further site clearance works are continuing in order to remove street furniture and paving slabs. This is in preparation for new drainage and kerbs to be installed for the new road, which will continue next week.

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 to help those in the city centre navigate their way around.

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.

Visualisation of the new super crossing at Jacobs Well with people walking along the paved street, lined with trees, sharing with cyclists and grass areas.

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.


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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