The purpose of the e-newsletter is to provide you with project, construction and traffic updates on a weekly basis throughout the period of construction.
Work will begin on Monday 10 July 2023 to deliver our ambitious proposals which are set to reshape the heart of Bradford and elevate the city. These vital improvements are being delivered through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund programme.
In this edition we will provide a project overview, a timeline of works, and construction and traffic updates.
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 and green spaces, together with transforming transport and travel into and around the city centre by improving routes and facilities for public transport, cycling and walking.
Transformational projects such as this one, which encourage people to leave the car at home, are one of the main ways we can reach our region’s goals of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.
Our ambition is to encourage more employers and investors to the city, generating new jobs creating an environment that means more people choose to live in the city centre.
From Monday 10 July 2023 work will begin to modify junctions around the city centre to accommodate new routes for buses.
From February 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 along dedicated bus routes to improve reliability and journey times. Construction will also begin within the heart of the city centre.
By December 2024 the large majority of construction works will be complete.
From January 2025 to March 2025 the final elements of the scheme will be installed, such as greenery and benches.
When works begin on Monday 10 July 2023, Bradford Council and its project partners will do everything possible to minimise delays and provide the information you need. Please check the Future Bradford website for regular updates and information.
You can plan the best routes for your journey by checking live congestion reports and seeing exactly where road works for all construction projects are across the whole district by visiting: one.network/uk/bradford. The main period during which delays are likely to occur is July 2023 to January 2024, while works are underway to roads surrounding the heart of the city centre.
There are a number of ways you can minimise delays to your journeys and help the district to keep moving.
• Plan ahead by checking the latest information before you travel. Please be aware that all journeys may be affected, including those in buses and cars.
• Travel outside peak times where possible, especially where a journey is not time sensitive.
• Take the bus. One double-decker bus can accommodate the same number of passengers as up to 60 cars, meaning that if more people use the bus, delays will be reduced.
• Share car journeys to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
• Walk or cycle if possible.
• Allow more time for journeys.
Which roads will be affected?
From Monday 10 July 2023, work will begin on the following roads:
• Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate, and Westgate
• Jacobs Well and Princes Way
• Senior Way, Croft Street, and Manchester Road
• Cheapside, Lower Kirkgate and Church Bank
• Well Street, Vicar Lane, Hall Ings and Leeds Road
The works have been planned to be implemented in stages starting from Monday and will be further developed throughout the course of the week.
We are anticipating that all roads will remain open to traffic, as they currently are, until February 2024 when the buses will no longer travel through the heart of the city centre. Until then, there may be temporary lane closures, temporary traffic lights and temporary changes to footpaths to enable us to make changes to the highway network. However, you will still be able to access all roads by vehicle.
There will be occasional overnight or weekend road closures, where needed, for road surfacing works but we will provide updates closer to the time.
From February 2024, Hall Ings, Bank Street, Market Street, Broadway and some of Bridge Street will not be accessible by car with exceptions for deliveries only.
For more information around the changes happening on these roads, please see the construction page on the Future Bradford website.
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