Future Bradford Construction e-newsletter

April 26, 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.

City centre core works are progressing well

This week, work on Market Street, Bank Street, and Broadway has progressed well.

On Market Street and Bank Street we have been removing layers of the road surface, which will allow us to re-pave the streets here with similar materials that have been used elsewhere in the city centre.

On the newly pedestrianised streets, the existing footways will be widened using sandstone paving flags to closely match the existing in size and colour, silver-grey granite setts will also provide a distinction between the footways and the route for service vehicles.

The service route will be paved at the same level as the footways, using porphyry paving with a similar colour mix of purples, greys and browns seen throughout the city centre.

By paving the pedestrianised streets at the same level, it avoids having to step up and down onto kerbs, making the streets easier and more accessible to get around.

Elsewhere in the city centre, overnight works have been taking place this week, with another overnight shift taking place tonight (26 April 2024) around the Church Bank, Well Street, Vicar Lane and Hall Ings area. This work has involved further road surfacing at Sunbridge Road at the junction between Barry Street and Godwin Street. Overnight work on Church Bank, Well Street, Vicar Lane, Hall Ings and Leeds Road has also been completed, installing new road markings and re-surfacing works.

Two construction workers paving the north end of Market Street, near Barclays Bank.

Photograph of new paving being laid at the north end of Market Street, near Barclays Bank.


Reminder: Phase 2 construction works have begun

Two weeks ago, new bus routes and road layouts came into effect to coincide with the start of Phase 2 of the city centre improvement works.

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

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.

Bus changes:

You can view an updated city centre map showing the new bus stops below, or 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 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 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. 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.


City centre core access and new one-way route

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 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 in place. From 4:30pm next Tuesday (30 April 2024) this route will change to further accommodate access arrangements for businesses and residents, in addition to construction vehicles. Access will now be via Bridge street, there will be signage at the previous entrance (from Hall Ings onto Bank Street) directing service vehicles to the new entry point.

You can see how the new one-way system will work on the map below.


Map illustrating the one-way system for vehicle access to the streets in and around the pedestrianised zone. 

Reminder: New bus gate at Vicar Lane

As shared last week, there is now a bus gate on Vicar Lane. This means that the stretch of Vicar Lane past the junction with Great Cross Street is only accessible for buses and permitted vehicles, in this case taxis and emergency services.

The bus gate is in place to ensure that buses flow efficiently on the new transport corridor, and other vehicles are directed along the correct route to access non-pedestrianised areas.

Unauthorised vehicles are liable to receive a fine if they do travel through the bus gate. Signage is in place to warn drivers of the new 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. The bus gate is highlighted by the red arrows on Vicar Lane, and general traffic access is highlighted by the blue arrows leading onto Great Cross Street.

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.


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 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.

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 three-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. 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: 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: 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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