Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

May 3, 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.

 

Vicar Lane CYCLOPS junction and further progress within the city centre

This week has seen further progress made throughout the city centre, with more sections nearing completion. At Vicar Lane, the new ‘Cycle Optimised Protected Signals’ (CYCLOPS) junction is now operational.

CYCLOPS junctions completely separate people walking, wheeling and cycling from vehicles to reduce the risk of conflict or collisions.

The main difference between the CYCLOPS junction and a traditional junction is that cyclists are offered a safer route around the junction, rather than through it. They are no longer required to position themselves on the inside of the lane, allowing vehicles to pass on the outside which is often the cause of so-called ‘left hook’ incidents, where cyclists going ahead are struck by a vehicle turning left from the same lane.

For other road users there isn’t much change, as the junction works in the same way as other signalised crossroads.

Elsewhere, the demolition of the former NCP car park has continued to progress well and sections of the city centre have seen further progress, with paving being laid at several points along Market Street.

 

Photo collage of the CYCLOPS junction at the junction of Leeds Road and Vicar Lane and the new paving on Market Street.

 

Work to construct the West Bradford Cycle Superhighway Extension to begin next week

Work to expand the existing Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway to connect to West Bradford is set to begin next week.

This work will create a new, largely segregated, cycle route along Sunbridge Road and Thornton Road to improve links from Bradford city centre to key areas of West Bradford, eventually ending in Thornton village.

From next week, our construction partners, Balfour Beatty will be mobilising to begin construction in the coming weeks. This will happen at:

  • A6177 Ingleby Road and Thornton Road junction (by Morrisons)
  • City Road and Thornton Road junction
  • Thornton Road between Weetwood Road and Hollings Road
  • Sunbridge Road and City Road

Shortly, we will be sharing further details of the scheme and upcoming works on the Future Bradford website, updates of the works will also be shared in future e-newsletters.

 

Where can I find the latest information? 

Details of upcoming works in the city centre are available on the Future Bradford website, where you can view the most up-to-date maps of what the city centre will look like once work is complete.

You can view a list of Frequently Asked Questions on our website by clicking here.

We will also continue to share the latest updates within this weekly e-newsletter which is issued every Friday.

Bus changes:

You can view the new routes of individual bus services by clicking here.

Blue Badge parking spaces and taxi ranks:

The majority of Blue Badge parking spaces in the city centre are being retained, however, the spaces on Bridge Street and Norfolk Gardens are now not accessible due to the construction works. The closest spaces to these roads are on Aldermanbury. New Blue Badge parking spaces are also being put in place as part of the scheme.

The taxi rank which was located on Bank Street is no longer accessible. The nearest taxi ranks to this location are on Hall Ings by the junction with Well Street, outside of Bradford Interchange and on Sunbridge Road. Three temporary taxi ranks have also been installed at Sunbridge Road, off Drake Street at the front of the Great Victoria Hotel, and on Bridge Street opposite the hotel.

Information about other works in the city centre and across the district

As well as the works to transform the city centre, there are other works happening around the city and Bradford district. To stay up to date with all the roadworks in the area please do check One Network: one.network/uk/bradford. Here you can find out what works are happening when to best plan your journey.

City centre core access and new one-way route

Vehicle access on pedestrianised streets is not permitted between the hours of 10.30am and 4.30pm, except for emergency service and construction vehicles.

Outside these hours access is via a one-way system through Bridge Street. Below, you can see how this one-way system works.

Enquries

If you can’t find what you are looking for on our website or in our e-newsletter, or you have a specific question about your property, please get in touch with us via email on info@future-bradford.co.uk

Map illustrating the one-way system for vehicle access to the streets in and around the pedestrianised zone.

Map illustrating the one-way system for vehicle access to the streets in and around the pedestrianised zone. 

 

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates 

Traffic management outside the core of the city centre has been and will continue to be removed where possible, as work has begun within the very core of the city centre.

The traffic management detailed in last week’s e-newsletter will remain in place next week. If you would like to view any maps relating to where work is taking place, please click here.

As mentioned above, work to expand the existing Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway to connect to West Bradford is set to begin next week. From next week, construction works will take place in four areas of the route at the same time:

  • A6177 Ingleby Road and Thornton Road junction (by Morrisons)
  • City Road and Thornton Road junction
  • Thornton Road between Weetwood Road and Hollings Road
  • Sunbridge Road and City Road

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 collage of the former NCP car park that is being demolished.

Photo collage of the former NCP car park that is being demolished. 

 

Reminder: temporary closure of the Bradford Interchange bus station 

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

You can read the Combined Authority’s latest update on the closure of the Bradford Interchange Bus Station on their 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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