Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

May 10, 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.

Flooding in the city centre

As you may know, the city centre, wider district and beyond experienced very heavy rainfall on Bank Holiday Monday. The amount of rain that came down in such a short period of time is considered to be a one in 150 year event and did cause some flooding both in the city centre, across the Bradford District and in other areas of the region.

Whilst the drainage infrastructure is regularly maintained, such events like these can quickly overwhelm those systems.

As a result of the flooding, the uphill lane of Vicar Lane (going towards Bridge Street) is closed until further notice. Bus services which use this part of Vicar Lane are currently diverting. The downhill lane of Vicar Lane (going towards Hall Ings/Well Street) is unaffected.

Bus stop ‘Little Germany Y’ on Vicar Lane is currently out of use.

The 613, 614, 640, 641, 645, 671, 686 & 687 services are diverting from Well Street via Leeds Road, Shipley Airedale Road & Croft Street to Nelson Street.

The 634, 635, 643, 644, 653, 656 & 864 services are diverting from bus stop Cathedral S via Church Bank, Barkerend Road, Shipley Airedale Road & Croft Street to normal route.

The 662, A2 & A3 services are diverting via Church Bank, Barkerend Road, Shipley Airedale Road & Leeds Road to normal route.

Stay up to date with the latest information on bus diversions on the Metro travel alert web page by clicking here.


Temporary access barriers now in place for vehicle access to pedestrianised areas

Temporary intercom-controlled barriers have been installed at the entry and exit points of the newly pedestrianised city centre.

Access is now controlled via an intercom system barrier on Bridge Street. This will make it easier for residents, businesses and access vehicles to get into the core during the permitted hours, which remain as before 10:30am and after 4:30pm.

Permanent rise and fall bollards, similar to those already in place elsewhere in the city centre such as on Tyrrel Street, will be installed towards the end of the construction period to control access to the city centre.


New temporary access barrier now in place at the Bridge Street junction with Hall Ings.

New temporary access barrier now in place at the Bridge Street junction with Hall Ings.


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.


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. There is no vehicle access through Bank Street and the Hall Ings junction with Bridge Street, and access will be limited during the hours of 10:30am until 4:30pm. The map has an arrow that shows that the direction of travel should be from Hall Ings, near the Broadway Centre, through to Drake Street, making a right turn on Bridge Street, then onto Market Street to exit towards Cheapside.


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.

See below for the latest updates about the works taking place around the city centre. 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 to complete bus shelters and cycleways.

Traffic management: The eastbound lane on Sunbridge Road, between Barry Street and Godwin Street, is now permanently removed. 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 new permanent traffic signals are now in operation at the Barry Street 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.

Little Horton Lane is now closed to all traffic at its junction with Godwin Street. Traffic travelling southbound on Godwin Street is not permitted to use the new pedestrian super crossing to make a U-turn.

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 former roundabout.

Traffic management: There will continue to be lane closures and traffic management around Jacobs Well. Since Sunday 14 April 2024, Hall Ings has been closed to all traffic from the roundabout. Northbound traffic is being guided from Manchester Road onto Prince’s Way. Southbound traffic is being guided from Prince’s Way across the new section of carriageway onto Manchester Road.

Next week, the new junction alignment for the bus lane from Hall Ings onto Princes Way will change slightly. This will mean that drivers travelling northbound on Manchester Road will need to be aware there will be a give way line sooner than they have been used to.

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 the new cycleway and central reserve will continue on Manchester Road.

Traffic management: Lane closures will continue on Manchester Road.

Why: The works here are to create an additional lane on the gyratory section of Croft Street in each direction and a new cycleway on Manchester Road.


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 two-way traffic lights on the section of Lower Kirkgate between the Midland Hotel and the junction with Cheapside, Market Street, and Kirkgate. Market Street is now closed to traffic at its junction with Kirkgate/Lower Kirkgate/Cheapside. Kirkgate has also now been closed at its junction with Lower Kirkgate/Cheapside/Market Street to allow junction modifications to be constructed and a diversion route is in place until this work completes.

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 nearing completion.

Traffic management: There are three-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, the installation of new drainage, kerbs and new carriageway and footways is nearing completion. This work will continue on Hall Ings and Leeds Road.

Traffic management: Well Street and the section of Vicar Lane between Great Cross Street and Hall Ings is only open to buses and authorised traffic and the new Cyclops junction at Well Street/Vicar Lane/Hall Ings/Leeds Road is now operational. Hall Ings will continue to be reduced to one lane of traffic westbound between the junction with George Street and the junction with Drake Street.

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 Well Street will re-open to road as a bus route on Vicar Lane and Hall Ings, allowing 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: Works started on West Bradford Cycle Superhighway Extension

Work to expand the existing Bradford Leeds Cycle Superhighway to connect to West Bradford has now started.

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 this week our construction partners, Balfour Beatty have started mobilising to begin construction. 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

At several points along the scheme on road parking has now been suspended, it is important that you do not park in any areas where parking is now prohibited.

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.

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.


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