Our vision for the city centre

Elevating our city.

The Bradford City Centre Walking and Cycling Improvements scheme has been designed to play a key role in our ambitious plans to boost the regeneration of the city centre, to help make Bradford one of the UK’s leading 21st century cities.

Reshaping Bradford’s heart.

We’re creating new public spaces – and transforming transport and travel into and around the city centre by improving routes and facilities for public transport, cycling and walking.

Achieving our ‘clean growth’ goals.

Transformational projects, which encourage people to leave the car at home, are one of the main ways we can reach our region’s ambitions of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.

Attracting investment.

Our ambition is to encourage more employers and investors to the city to create new jobs, and to create an environment that means more people choose to live in the city centre.

Delivered by Bradford Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and funded through the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).

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The benefits

  • New public spaces and traffic-free areas are going to make it easier to get around shopping and entertainment areas which have been hard to walk between due to the large volume of traffic along Market Street and Bridge Street.
  • The new spaces will provide areas for events and pavement cafes, creating a more vibrant city centre environment.
  • High-quality paving, greenery, street trees and benches are going to be incorporated into new public spaces across the city centre to encourage people to rest, relax and spend time in the area.
  • New green spaces are going to be attractively landscaped and will include Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) to help manage rainwater and prevent flooding, as well as mitigate against climate change and improve biodiversity.

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What will change?

  • Buses will be rerouted around the centre of town with new bus hubs at key locations to improve bus service reliability.
  • Large areas of the city centre, including some major roads like Hall Ings, will become pedestrianised so the area is much more pleasant to spend time in. Vehicle access will be limited while still allowing deliveries.
  • New cycle routes are being created in and around the centre to make travelling on foot and by cycle much easier and safer.
  • New planting and landscaping will make the centre of town much more pleasant.

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Which city centre roads or buildings are changing?

  • Broadway, Bank Street, Market Street and sections of Sunbridge Road, Bridge Street and Hall Ings (between Jacobs Well roundabout to Bridge Street), will be closed to traffic to create new public spaces that encourage walking and provide improved cycling routes.
  • Little Horton Lane will be closed to traffic at its junction with Prince’s Way to extend the green space by the war memorial and create a ‘pocket park’.
  • Norfolk Gardens is going to be expanded to create a major new green space on Hall Ings, between Jacobs Well roundabout and Bridge Street.
  • The NCP car park is going to be demolished so that the space between Hall Ings and the Interchange can be opened up to facilitate a much more attractive and accessible entrance to the Interchange.

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