Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate

Bridge Street and Bradford Interchange Visualisation

What is happening here?

Our team are working to realign the central reservation on Godwin Street between its junction with Thornton Road and Sunbridge Road. They will also be removing some traffic islands on Sunbridge Road east of the junction with Barry Street and realigning some kerbs on Kirkgate and Westgate.

Please see the map below for more details.

Which roads will be affected?

A map detailing the changes Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate will see as part of the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme. There are ten captions on the map. Caption one: Godwin Street will be reduced from three lanes to two and the right turn from Godwin Street to Sunbridge Road will be banned. A southbound bus stop will also be added on Godwin Street. Caption two: The one-way system on Kirkgate will be reversed so it runs south west and parking on the south eastern side removed to facilitate a bus hub with space for up to three buses. Caption three: On-street parking will be retained on Sunbridge Road, either side of the junction with Upper Millergate. Caption four: The southern section of Sunbridge Road, after its junction with Kirkgate, will become quieter with no through traffic permitted. Caption five: Sunbridge Road will be closed to traffic at its junction with Tyrell Street and Aldermanbury and a turning circle added as Sunbridge Road will be closed to traffic from this point. Caption six: The signal controlled crossing across Aldermanbury will be retained. Caption seven: A southbound bus lane will be installed on the southern section of Godwin Street with two lanes for general traffic and one lane for a bus lane. Caption eight: The West Bradford – Cycle Superhighway Extension would begin at the junction of Sunbridge Road and Godwin Street and run along Sunbridge Road. To find out more about the Cycle Superhighway please visit: www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/thorntoncycle. Caption nine: Three new bus stops will be added on Sunbridge Road, west of its junction with Godwin Street. Caption ten: Sunbridge Road, between its junction with Barry Street and Godwin Street, will become a one-way road heading westbound.

A map detailing the changes Godwin Street, Sunbridge Road, Kirkgate and Westgate will see as part of the Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements Scheme.

There are ten captions on the map.

Caption one: Godwin Street will be reduced from three lanes to two and the right turn from Godwin Street to Sunbridge Road will be banned. A southbound bus stop will also be added on Godwin Street.

Caption two: The one-way system on Kirkgate will be reversed so it runs south west and parking on the south eastern side removed to facilitate a bus hub with space for up to three buses.

Caption three: On-street parking will be retained on Sunbridge Road, either side of the junction with Upper Millergate.

Caption four: The southern section of Sunbridge Road, after its junction with Kirkgate, will become quieter with no through traffic permitted.

Caption five: Sunbridge Road will be closed to traffic at its junction with Tyrell Street and Aldermanbury and a turning circle added as Sunbridge Road will be closed to traffic from this point.

Caption six: The signal controlled crossing across Aldermanbury will be retained.

Caption seven: A southbound bus lane will be installed on the southern section of Godwin Street with two lanes for general traffic and one lane for a bus lane.

Caption eight: The West Bradford – Cycle Superhighway Extension would begin at the junction of Sunbridge Road and Godwin Street and run along Sunbridge Road. To find out more about the Cycle Superhighway please visit: www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/thorntoncycle.

Caption nine: Three new bus stops will be added on Sunbridge Road, west of its junction with Godwin Street.

Caption ten: Sunbridge Road, between its junction with Barry Street and Godwin Street, will become a one-way road heading westbound.

What effect will construction have on the road network?

Work to alter the road so that the Kirkgate and Westgate one way system will be flipped in direction

From Monday 18 September 2023 at 5pm overnight work will begin to permanently reverse the one-way system on Kirkgate and Westgate, to the southeast side of Godwin Street.

The parking bays on the north side of Kirkgate (the Mechanics Institute Library and Cash Converters side) will also be re-aligned to accommodate the changed traffic direction.

The work will last one night, until Tuesday 19 September 2023 at 6am. When the road re-opens, the revised one-way system will be in effect. There will be signage in place to advise road users of the change.

We have sent a letter to residents and businesses in the area to inform them of the works and the change to the one-way system which you can read here.

Thank you for your patience with regards to any disruption that may occur while we implement this important project.

We are anticipating that all roads will remain open to traffic, as they currently are, until spring 2024. Until then, there may be temporary lane closures, temporary traffic lights and temporary changes to footpaths to enable us to make changes to the highway network. However, you will still be able to access all roads by car, van, motorcycle etc. 

Please plan your journey ahead of time as we expect there to be delays. From spring 2024, Hall Ings, Bank Street, Market Street, Broadway and some of Bridge Street will not be accessible by car with exceptions for deliveries only.

Upcoming changes: