Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

February 9, 2024

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.

Upcoming overworks works

We are pleased to share that the overnight works that have taken place across the city centre in recent weeks have almost been completed. However, due to the recent bad weather some works that were due to be completed will continue into next week.

Details of what is to be completed next week can be found below. There will continue to be localised diversion routes in place where necessary, while this work is being completed.

Overnight works next week: 

  • Overnight resurfacing work, between 8pm and 6am, on Sunbridge Road between the junctions with Godwin Street and Barry Street will continue on Thursday 15 February 2024, and is only expected to take place on this one night.
  • Overnight works on Hall Ings, between 8pm and 6am, will continue next week for three nights on Monday 12, Tuesday 13, and Wednesday 14 February 2024. Diversion routes will be in place while this work is being carried out. This work will see a new ‘CYCLOPS’ junction being introduced to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • There will be further overnight works on Hall Ings, between Channing Way and Bridge Street, next week from Thursday 15 February 2024, and will continue into the following week. There will be no diversions in place, but there will be a lane closure on the eastbound side of Hall Ings between Channing Way and Bridge Street.

Keep an eye on future e-newsletter issues as there will need to be some more overnight working in the coming weeks to complete Phase 1 of construction in the city centre.

 

Collage showcasing locations around the city centre where work is progressing and nearing completion. Details are within the newsletter.

Photo collage showcasing locations around the city centre where work is progressing and nearing completion.

 

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates 

As a reminder, the current traffic management in place is outlined below. 

 

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.

Overnight resurfacing work, between 8pm and 6am, will continue on Thursday 15 February 2024 on Sunbridge Road between the junctions with Godwin Street and Barry Street  

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.

 

Westgate and Godwin Street

What: Works are continuing to the new central reservation on Godwin Street between Sunbidge Road and Thornton Road and between Thornton Road and Jacobs Well.

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.

On Godwin Street, a diversion is in place for southbound traffic wanting to turn right onto Little Hornton Lane. Instead, traffic is being re-routed around Jacobs Well roundabout and back along Prince’s Way to then make a left turn onto Little Horton Lane.

Why: This change will provide more space for bus stops and routes into the city and an additional bus lane on Godwin Street.

 

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 the approaches to the roundabout.

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

 

Senior Way, Croft Street and Manchester Road

What: Work is nearing completion on Croft Street and on the northern side of Senior Way to create new lanes for traffic. Next week, works to install new signs, traffic signals and pedestrian crossing points will be continuing around the Croft Street 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.

 

Lower Kirkgate

What: We are nearing completion of works on the northern side of Lower Kirkgate, opposite M&S. Work is ongoing 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 shortly be permanently 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.

 

Cheapside

What: We are continuing to install a new pedestrian crossing outside the Midland Hotel and work to install a new bus shelter is progressing.

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.

 

Church Bank

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.

 

Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings

What: On Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, the installation of new drainage, kerbs, footways, and new carriageway is continuing.

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.

Overnight works on Hall Ings, between 8pm and 6am, will continue next week for three nights on Monday 12, Tuesday 13, and Wednesday 14 February 2024. Diversion routes will be in place while this work is being carried out.

There will be further overnight works on Hall Ings, between Channing Way and Bridge Street, next week from Thursday 15 February 2024, and will continue into the following week. There will be no diversions in place, but there will be a lane closure on the eastbound side of Hall Ings between Channing Way and Bridge Street.

In the coming weeks, there will be some alterations to pedestrian routes on both sides of Hall Ings. The temporary routes will be signed and protected from the works and traffic.

The existing pedestrian crossing on Bridge Street at the junction with Vicar Lane will be closed on Monday 12 February 2024, and instead there will be a new crossing on the other side of the junction. 

Why: 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.

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.

Reminder: upcoming bus and road changes in Spring 2024

As a reminder, in the next few months, new bus routes and road layouts will come into effect and motor vehicles, including buses, will no longer travel through the heart of the city centre. Instead, they will be routed around the core of the city centre, and buses will travel along dedicated bus routes to improve bus reliability, and allow for the transformation of the city centre and the creation of new, attractive public spaces.

Some roads in the city centre will become pedestrianised, including:

  • Hall Ings
  • Bank Street
  • Market Street
  • Parts of Bridge Street and Little Horton Lane

More information on bus route changes will be shared in the coming months on the metro website.

 

Reminder: Temporary closure of the Bradford Interchange bus station 

On Wednesday 24 January 2024, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority released a latest statement on the Bradford Interchange bus station, which confirmed that contractors are continuing their assessment of the damage at Bradford Interchange bus station. The latest statement can be found on their website.

Information about alternative bus stops for services unable to use the Interchange Bus Station can be found on the Metro website.

On Friday 2 February 2024, the Combined Authority relocated an MCard ticket machine to the Bradford Interchange Rail Station (on the upper concourse, which is accessible via the ramp to the left of the main bus station entrance).

 

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 website.

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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