Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

April 19, 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.

Overnight works taking place tonight (Friday April 19) and next week

Tonight and next week there will be some overnight works taking place in the city centre.

The works happening tonight are on Sunbridge Road and will involve resurfacing the road between the Barry Street junction and Godwin Street junction. Sunbridge Road will be closed between those two junctions from 11pm to 5am to allow the works to be conducted safely.

Noise will be kept to a minimum and local diversion routes will be in place, with access to lower Sunbridge Road being maintained.

There is also further overnight works taking place next week on Church Bank, Well Street, Vicar Lane, Hall Ings and Leeds Road.

The works taking place next week will happen across Wednesday 24Thursday 25 and Friday 26 April. The works will run between 11pm and 5am, and noise will be kept to a minimum.

However, there will be several road closures in place including:

  • Well Street from the junction with Church Bank.
  • Vicar Lane from the junction with Hall Ings.
  • Hall Ings/Leeds Road from the junction with Shipley Airedale Road

Access for service vehicles will be maintained via Leeds Road.


Phase 2 construction works now started

As shared last week, new bus routes and road layouts came into effect on Sunday 14 April to coincide with the start of Phase 2 of transformational works.

Some roads in the core of the city centre have been closed to traffic and bus services are travelling on new routes. 

As a reminder, those works now include:

  • Removing traffic management, such as cones and barriers, from around the city centre where possible.
  • The closure of Bank Street, Market Street, Hall Ings and parts of Bridge Street and Little Horton Laneto traffic, in order to begin pedestrianisation works. 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 bus services. Further information can be found further down in the newsletter.
  • Changes to Blue Badge parking and taxi ranks. Further information can be found further down in the newsletter.
  • Signage for pedestrians will be in place as the works progress, which will direct you to the best crossing points, and routes to shops, services and residential properties.


City centre works as phase 2 starts. The images include works and closures now in place at Bank Street, Prince's Way and Jacobs Well.

A series of images showing city centre works as phase 2 starts. The images include works and closures now in place at Bank Street, Prince’s Way and Jacobs Well.

New bus gate at Vicar Lane

A bus gate is a filter which means a stretch of road is only accessible by buses and permitted vehicles, in this case taxis and emergency services. It is in place to ensure that buses flow efficiently on the new transport corridor.

Unauthorised vehicles are liable to receive a fine if they do travel through the bus gate.

In order to not go through the bus gate on Vicar Lane, general traffic must turn right at Great Cross Street and left onto George Street to access Leeds Road.

A map of the route general traffic must take to avoid the bus gate is below.

More widely, as we all adjust to the new routes around the city centre, it is essential that we all observe the traffic management and signage in place, and avoid blocking junctions as this will ensure traffic flows as smoothly and as quickly as possible.

Traffic going downhill on Vicar Lane must turn right at Great Cross Street (centralised) in order to access Leeds Road via George Street.

Traffic going downhill on Vicar Lane must turn right at Great Cross Street (centralised) in order to access Leeds Road via George Street.

Please note: The section of pedestrianised road at the end of Vicar Lane has now been removed to enable the creation of a new bus route.

City centre core access

As mentioned last week, on the roads that have been permanently pedestrianised – those being Hall Ings, Market Street, Bank Street, Broadway and Bridge Street (west of its junction with Hall Ings) – the way that businesses and residents on these streets send and receive deliveries has changed.

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

Where deliveries need to be made, or received, vehicle access will only be allowed after 4.30pm and before 10.30am the following day. This is in line with how other pedestrianised streets operate in the city centre.

Where access is required, the pedestrianised roads can be accessed either through a manually operated barrier or through a 24/7 remotely-operated intercom system.

Once vehicles are in the core, a one-way system is now in place, coming in on Hall Ings via Leeds Road, and exiting at Lower Kirkgate/Cheapside via Market Street.

You can see how the one-way system is working on the map below:

Map illustrating the one-way system for vehicle access. There will be no access through Bank Street.

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. 

NCP car park demolition progress

The works to demolish the former NCP car park are progressing as planned and are expected to be completed by late July.

The top five of the fourteen floors have been demolished, and work on the next stage of demolition has started. This work includes the removal of side screens on the Bradford Hotel side of the building, as well as the installation of scaffold protection to safely allow the demolition of remaining floors.

Works will continue to floor six, when all screens will be removed, and demolition will be carried out by long reach machines from ground level.

The works to demolish the former NCP car park will create a new green space, linking to Hall Ings and Norfolk Gardens. 

Below, you can watch a video of how the car park will come down.

Video showing the sequence of the demolition works for the former NCP car park.


Reminder: New city centre bus routes

Last week, buses in the city centre were rerouted to a new public transport corridor that surrounds the city centre.

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

Arriva: https://shorturl.at/BEKY4

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

WYMetro, which is the part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority that operates the bus routes and bus stops, has now updated their website with more information for bus users about the new routes and stops in Bradford city centre.

The website now contains:

  • A map of all bus stop locations in the city centre.
  • Maps of individual bus routes and list of their stops in the city centre.
  • Links to new updated timetables.
  • Information about coach stops.

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.


Reminder: 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 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, 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 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. The temporary ranks will be in use until the new permanent ranks in the City Centre are constructed

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.


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 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 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 Princes 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 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: 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

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