Work marking the start to the next phase of the project to transform Bradford city centre and create vibrant, dynamic, safe and attractive new public spaces is due to begin next week.
From Monday 19 February, Hall Ings will be partially closed to vehicle traffic to allow for accelerated works to begin that will eventually see the majority of Hall Ings become part of an expanded Norfolk Gardens, creating a stunning new pedestrianised public space.
The closure will prevent westbound general traffic travelling from Drake Street to Jacobs Well. Eastbound traffic will still be able to use Hall Ings temporarily, ahead of the planned full closure of Hall Ings to all vehicles to create the space for the expanded Norfolk Gardens, due to be complete by the end of this year.
These latest works on Hall Ings start as the work to improve junctions and crossings on roads, and to create a new public transport loop to improve bus service reliability around the periphery of the city centre heart is nearing completion.
The bulk of work on the second, most substantial phase of work – to pedestrianise some city centre streets, create new, green landscaped public spaces, and make it easier to walk, cycle and use a wheelchair around the city centre – is due to begin in the spring. At this time, most of the bus routes using the city centre will change routing to use the new public transport loop.
These initial works on the westbound carriageway of Hall Ings are being brought forward ahead of the rest of the core works to enable the overall city centre project to keep to its schedule of being largely complete ready for the start to 2025 and the beginning of Bradford district’s year as UK City of Culture.
The closure will facilitate an early start to some enabling works and allow for the section of Hall Ings between Bridge Street and Jacobs Well to be reserved for construction traffic, and for buses only. This is crucial to reduce vehicle traffic in the vicinity and ensure public safety during the major construction works to come, including the demolition of the former NCP car park.
The changes to road access and traffic management for this closure of Hall Ings will be put in place overnight between Sunday 18 February/Monday 19 February.
Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working in partnership on this £43 million scheme, which It is being delivered through the Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund programme. The work is aimed at making it easier, safer and more pleasant for people to walk, cycle in the city centre. This is a capital grant transport fund, provided by the Department for Transport and cannot be used for other purposes, such as delivering day to day services or other projects.
Commenting on these next steps in the transformation of Bradford city centre, Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport said: “Work on the transformation of the city centre, creating new open traffic-free spaces making it safer, easier and more pleasant for people to get around and between the shopping and entertainment areas is progressing well.
“While the scale of construction works means that delays to journeys through the city centre are inevitable, particularly at peak times, the end result will be worth it and will benefit us and future generations for many years to come. I’d like to thank people for their patience while this work takes place.”
More information on the closure of Hall Ings and the wider project can be found at: