Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

June 21, 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.

 

Further progress made this week on transformation works

Works to pedestrianise key areas in the city centre are becoming more visible as new paving continues to be installed. New bus shelters are appearing around the city centre, as well as new bollards in the pedestrianised areas.

Parts of the safety fencing on Market Street will be relocated over the coming days to increase the footway space for pedestrians as the paving work progresses. Installation of the first planters has started this week on Hall Ings as part of the works to create a major new public space.

We have shared images below which shows good progress made with works on Godwin Street around Bradford Live and on Market Street.

 

Progress of city works. Details in the caption below.

Four images showing the progress of works in the city centre. Clockwise from top left: New paving and bollards installed in front of Bradford Live; new paving installed on Market Street where considerable progress has been made; new planters being installed on Hall Ings; new bus shelter installed on Godwin Street.

 

 

Vicar Lane repair works make good progress

Repair works on Vicar Lane started this week following damage caused to the road surfaces in storms that occurred last month.

Works to remove the damaged section of the road surface is complete and there will be some overnight works over the next week to lay the new surfacing. Where possible, noise will be kept to a minimum and will be carried out between 8pm and 5am.

Bus services will continue on their current routes during the repair works, but may be subject to short delays as the site team safely carry out the repairs.

 

Reminder: No right turn from Croft Street to Manchester Road

We would like to remind drivers that it is not possible to make a right turn from Croft Street to Manchester Road.

This change came into effect earlier this year as part of new traffic management measures resulting from the transformation works in the city centre.

Despite the road signage that is in place, many drivers are still making the illegal manoeuvre. It is important that drivers take note of the signage and road layout changes as they are in place for everyone’s safety.

 

Various signage in place at Croft Street advising drivers not to make a right turn to Manchester Road.

Image showing various signage in place at Croft Street advising drivers not to make a right turn to Manchester Road.

 

Reminder: Overnight works

Overnight works started on Monday at Sunbridge Road, Godwin Street and Prince’s Way. The works involve resurfacing and painting road markings and are scheduled to be completed on Monday 1 July.

As mentioned above, there will also be some overnight work on Vicar Lane next week to lay new road surfacing.

Where possible, noise is being kept to a minimum and works are being carried out between 8pm and 5am.

There are some localised diversions in place while works are being carried out to ensure the safety of our workers, so please refer to the road signs in place across the city centre.

 

Reminder: Blue Badge parking spaces and taxi ranks

As shared in previous e-newsletters, we have put together two new maps to make it easier to know where taxi ranks and Blue Badge parking is located around the city centre during the construction works.

As construction progresses and the new taxi ranks and Blue Badge parking bays open up, we will add them onto the maps so that they have the most up to date information on where you can find taxis and Blue Badge parking provision in the city centre.

After construction has finished, there will be more Blue Badge parking bays and a similar number of taxi rank spaces in the city centre than there was before construction began.

A link to the Blue Badge parking map can be found here.

A link to the taxi rank map can be found here.

These maps are also on the FAQs page on our website too.

A map detailing the Blue Badge parking spaces which are accessible throughout construction of the scheme. Details of these below the map.
Map illustrating the Blue Badge parking bays currently in place in Bradford city centre whilst works are progressing. A larger version of the map can be accessed by clicking here.

 

Reminder: Temporary pedestrian crossings

Temporary pedestrian crossings have been opened up across the city centre in places where works are happening.

We have included a map of the pedestrian crossing points in the core of the city centre below.

Map showing the pedestrian crossing points in the city centre. Crossings are in place at the following locations: Market Street, at the junctions with Bank Street, Bridge Street and Lower Kirkgate, as well as on Hall Ings at the junction with Bank Street.

Map showing the pedestrian crossing points in the city centre. Crossings are in place at the following locations: Market Street, at the junctions with Bank Street, Bridge Street and Lower Kirkgate, as well as on Hall Ings at the junction with Bank Street.

 

Where can I find the latest information? 

Details of upcoming works in the city centre are available on the Future Bradford website.

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

Bus services:

You can view the Bradford city centre bus stop map by clicking here.

We are closely monitoring journey times on bus services each day and will make efforts to minimise congestion if there does appear to be a spot which is holding up buses.

Information about other works in the city centre and across the 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 for authorised vehicles is via a one-way system through Bridge Street. Below, you can see how this one-way system works.

Enquiries

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 at info@future-bradford.co.uk

 

 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 or Hall Ings past the Broadway car park, 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.

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 or Hall Ings past the Broadway car park, 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 a detailed summary of 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.

Please do get in touch with us via our email address (info@future-bradford.co.uk) if you have any questions about the works taking place throughout the city centre.

 

Sunbridge Road

What: On Sunbridge Road, works are complete.

Why: This work had provided wider footpaths and introduced cycle lanes. New bus shelters have also been 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 southbound in both directions between Sunbridge Road and Thornton Road. The northbound lane closure between Thornton Road and Sunbridge Road has now been removed.

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. Traffic in each direction is required to give way to buses joining from Hall Ings and following the resurfacing works this week, this is now under temporary traffic light control.

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 both sides of Lower Kirkgate, to construct a new cycleway and footway. Work has completed at the new junction arrangement on Kirkgate.

Traffic management: The taxi rank 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.

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: The installation of new drainage, kerbs and new carriageway, cycleway and footways 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 has been re-routed to allow work on the new footway to continue between the junctions with Vicar Lane and Drake Street.

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 the road as a bus route, the work 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.

Our construction partners, Balfour Beatty, have now started construction on the scheme. 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.

Further details about the scheme and upcoming works are available 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.

 

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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