Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

April 5, 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.

Reminder: Bus and road changes coming into force on April 14 2024

On Sunday April 14 2024, 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, the traffic be routed around the core of the city centre, and buses will travel along dedicated bus routes. This will improve bus reliability, and allow for the transformation of the city centre and the creation of new, more attractive public spaces.

These changes coincide with the completion of the first phase of transformational works in the city centre, and the start of the second phase.

Phase 2 of the work which is scheduled to start from 14 April includes:

  • The removal of traffic management, such as cones and barriers, from the completed works just outside the city centre
  • The start of work to pedestrianise Bank Street, Market Street, Hall Ings and parts of Bridge Street and Little Horton Lane
  • The rerouting of buses onto the new public transport corridors around the city centre
  • The construction of new green spaces to create places that are easier, safer and more welcoming for people to get about on foot or by bike and to spend time
  • Changes to taxi ranks and disabled parking spaces

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

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

Pedestrian access to the streets which are being pedestrianised will be maintained at all times throughout the construction period, including access to shops and residential buildings.

More information on bus route changes is available on the metro website. 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.


Overnight works to take place next week on Well Street

Next week there will be some overnight works which will allow for resurfacing work to take place on Leeds Road, Vicar Lane and Well Street.

Night works will take place Monday to Friday, starting at 8pm and continuing through the night, with every effort being made to minimise disruption.

To allow these works to be conducted safely, Leeds Road will be closed each night from Bridge Street to Shipley Airedale Road, with local diversions put in place.

Access to the Broadway Centre car park will be maintained via Bridge Street and will be managed locally by traffic management.


Satellite image of the Leeds Road, Vicar Lane and Well Street junction, courtesy of Google Earth. The Broadway Centre can be seen on the left.

Satellite image of the Leeds Road, Vicar Lane and Well Street junction, courtesy of Google Earth. The Broadway Centre can be seen on the left.


Traffic changes at Ebenezer Street and George Street

This week, a two-way system was implemented on Ebenezer Street and the southern end of George Street. This has been done to accommodate a new bus route in advance of the changes coming into effect on April 14.

The two-way system will remain in place after April 14, and any further changes will be communicated in due course.


New traffic arrangements at Ebenezer Street and George Street.

Images showing new traffic arrangements at Ebenezer Sreet and George Street. 


NCP car park demolition progress

Last week we shared some images which showed demolition progress for the former NCP car park.

Levels of the building continue to steadily come down, with floor 12 completed this week. Next week we will be moving onto floor 11.

The works to demolish the former NCP car park will create a new green space, linking to Hall Ings and Norfolk Gardens. For more information about the work around Hall Ings, click here.

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates

As a reminder, the current traffic management in place is outlined below alongside any pedestrian diversions. If you would like to view any maps relating to where work is taking place, please click here


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. The temporary traffic signals have been removed and the new permanent ones are now in operation at the Barry St junction.

Why: This work will provide wider footpaths and introduce cycle lanes. Two 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 Sunbridge 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 Horton 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 within and around 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 mostly complete on Croft Street and Senior Way and the new lanes are open to traffic. Next week, works to install new signs and traffic signals will be continuing around the Croft Street gyratory and Manchester Road.

Traffic management: Lane closures around the Croft Street gyratory have been removed, but some lanes remain closed or narrowed on Manchester Road and Nelson Street 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. We are continuing to install a new pedestrian crossing outside the Midland Hotel and work to install new bus shelters is progressing.

Traffic management: The taxi rank opposite M&S on Lower Kirkgate is no longer in use and has been permanently removed to make way for a new cycleway. Traffic management has been installed with four-way traffic lights on the section of Lower Kirkgate between the Midland Hotel and the junction with Cheapside, Market Street, and Kirkgate. Pedestrian access is being maintained with signs in place.

There is a temporary signal-controlled pedestrian crossing point in place at the junction of Kirkgate/Lower Kirkgate/Cheapside/Market Street. This is in place to ensure that pedestrians have a safe place to cross the road. Safe pedestrian routes away from the main road and works happening in this area are also in place. Signs are in place to help direct pedestrians along this route and avoid traffic on the main road.  

WhyThe works here are to widen the junction to Canal Road, to allow for improved cycle lane provision, and build a new bus shelter.

This work will also create a new crossing link into the city centre at Cheapside.


Church Bank

What: Work to construct the new road junction on Church Bank 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 road links in the area.


Well Street, Vicar Lane and Hall Ings

What: On Well Street, Vicar Lane, and Hall Ings, the installation of new drainage, kerbs and new carriageway and footways is continuing. Overnight works will be taking place here next week (further details at the top of this e-newsletter).

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.

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 pedestrian route on the south side of Hall Ings/Leeds Road has now been re-routed between the junction with George Street, to the point on Hall Ings adjacent to the Crown Court building, and instead now passes via West Street (between the Job Centre and Premier Inn).

Hall Ings, between Bridge Street and Jacobs Well, is now closed to general traffic. This change is permanent. Click here for more information.

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: 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.


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.

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