Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

April 12, 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.

Phase 2 of construction beginning this Sunday, April 14 2024

This 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 core of the city centre. Instead, traffic will be routed around the core of the city centre, and buses will travel along new bus routes. This will improve bus reliability, and allow for the transformation of the city centre including the creation of new, more attractive public spaces.

These changes coincide with the start of Phase 2 of the transformational works.

 

Phase 2 of the work starting this Sunday includes:

  • Where possible, the removal of the majority of traffic management, such as cones and barriers, just outside the core of the city centre.
  • The closure of Bank Street, Market Street, Hall Ings and parts of Bridge Street and Little Horton Lane to traffic, in order to begin pedestrianisation works. NB. Pedestrian access to these streets will be maintained at all times throughout the construction period, including access to shops and residential buildings.
  • The rerouting of buses onto the new public transport corridors around the city centre. You can find information about the new routes and stops further down in this e-newsletter.
  • 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 Blue Badge parking spaces. You can find out more on this further down in this e-newsletter.

 

New city centre bus routes coming into effect on Sunday

The rerouting of buses in the city centre will mean a number of bus stops will be moved to the new public transport corridor that surrounds the city centre.

You can view an updated city centre map below, or you can view the new routes of individual bus services by clicking here.

For operator-specific timetable information, please follow the below links:

First Bus: https://shorturl.at/iNP57

Keighley Bus Company: https://shorturl.at/mEFIV

Transdev Flyer: https://shorturl.at/ejkrH

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.

 

New Bradford City Centre bus route map, provided by Metro / West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The map details which roads buses now travel along and which roads are pedestrianised. You can access an auto version of the bus information on the Metro website by clicking here.

New Bradford City Centre bus route map, provided by Metro / West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The map details which roads buses now travel along and which roads are pedestrianised. You can access an auto version of the bus information on the Metro website by clicking here.

Permanent closure of Little Horton Lane

To facilitate the construction of new bus stops and to allow transformational pedestrianisation works to take place, Little Horton Lane has been permanently closed at its junction with Prince’s Way.

All properties on Little Horton Lane can still be accessed from Chester Street.

The traffic management works at Croft Street Gyratory have been designed to allow for the changes in traffic flow in both directions. Eastbound and Westbound traffic will be diverted to new routes as illustrated in the map below.

 

Map illustrating the closure point now in place at Little Horton Lane at the junction with Prince’s Way. Diversions for westbound and eastbound traffic are also now in place and have signage directing drivers along the diversion route. This change is permanent.

Map illustrating the closure point now in place at Little Horton Lane at the junction with Prince’s Way. Diversions for westbound and eastbound traffic are also now in place and have signage directing drivers along the diversion route. This change is permanent.

 

Changes to Blue Badge parking spaces and taxi ranks

The majority of Blue Badge parking spaces in the city centre will be retained, however, the spaces on Bridge Street and Norfolk Gardens will not be accessible from Sunday. The closest spaces to these roads will be on Aldermanbury and Pictureville.

New Blue Badge parking spaces are also being put in place as part of the scheme, so overall there will be more Blue Badge parking spaces once the project has been finished than there was before it began.

The taxi rank currently located on Bank Street will also no longer be accessible. The nearest taxi ranks to this location will be on Hall Ings by the junction with Well Street, outside of Bradford Interchange and on Sunbridge Road.

The Broadway Centre car park will also remain open and will be unaffected by the works. You can access the Broadway Centre car park as you do now, from Hall Ings, but you’ll need to enter from the Leeds Road side, rather than the Jacobs Well side, as the Jacobs Well side is being pedestrianised.

 

Map illustrating the one-way system for vehicle access to the streets in and around the pedestrianised zone. There will be no vehicle access through Bank 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 Bridge Street, and then onto Market Street to exit towards Cheapside. 

Map illustrating the one-way system for vehicle access to the streets in and around the pedestrianised zone. There will be no vehicle access through Bank 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 Bridge Street, and then onto Market Street to exit towards Cheapside. 

 

This week’s construction, traffic, and access updates 

As mentioned above, from this Sunday (14 April 2024) the traffic management outside the core of the city centre will be removed where possible, as work will begin within the very core of the city centre.

See below for details of what traffic management will be in place next week, 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 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 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.

Little Horton Lane is now closed to all traffic at its junction with Godwin Street.

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. From Sunday 14 April 2024, Hall Ings will be closed to all traffic from the roundabout. Northbound traffic will all be guided from Manchester Road onto Prince’s Way. Southbound traffic will be guided from Prince’s Way across the new section of carriageway onto Manchester Road.

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 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. From Sunday 14 April 2024, Market Street will be closed to traffic at its junction with Kirkgate/Lower Kirkgate/Cheapside.

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 two-way temporary traffic lights on Church Bank while this work is ongoing. New three-way traffic lights will be in operation from Sunday 14 April 2024 to control access to Well Street.

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.

Traffic management: Well Street and the section of Vicar Lane between Great Cross Street and Hall Ings will open to buses and authorised traffic and the new Cyclops junction at Well Street/Vicar Lane/Hall Ings/Leeds Road will be operational from Sunday 14 April 2024. 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.

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 Well Street will re-open 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: 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.


Get in touch if you would like to ask any questions

Email: info@future-bradford.co.uk

Write: Freepost BFD Highways

X (formerly Twitter): @bmdcHighways

Instagram: bradfordhighways

Facebook: Bradford Council Highways

West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Bradford City Council and HM Government logo's.