Work is set to commence next week on the latest phase of the ambitious project aimed at revitalising Bradford city centre, to create vibrant, dynamic, safe, and appealing new public spaces.

Starting from Monday, February 19, sections of Hall Ings will be partially closed to vehicular traffic to kickstart accelerated works. These efforts will ultimately see most of Hall Ings integrated into an expanded Norfolk Gardens, resulting in a striking new pedestrianised public area.

The closure will impact westbound general traffic, preventing travel from Drake Street to Jacobs Well. However, eastbound traffic will still have temporary access to Hall Ings until the planned full closure, scheduled to facilitate the expansion of Norfolk Gardens, which is expected to be completed by year-end.

These developments coincide with the final stages of improving road junctions and crossings, as well as the establishment of a new public transport loop to enhance bus service reliability around the city center periphery.

The main phase of work, which involves pedestrianising certain city center streets, creating green landscaped public spaces, and improving pedestrian, cycling, and wheelchair accessibility, is slated to commence in spring. Consequently, most bus routes traversing the city center will be rerouted to utilize the new public transport loop.

The initial works on the westbound carriageway of Hall Ings have been expedited to maintain the project’s overall schedule. This move allows for early commencement of enabling works and earmarks a section of Hall Ings for construction traffic and buses only, aiding in reducing vehicle congestion and ensuring public safety during major construction activities, including the demolition of the former NCP car park.

The forthcoming closure will impact traffic as outlined below:

  • Eastbound traffic from Jacobs Well to Shipley Airedale Road remains unaffected until spring 2024.
  • Access to Little Germany, the Leisure Exchange area, and The Broadway Shopping Centre car park will be maintained from Shipley Airedale Road at all times.
  • Bank Street and Broadway will be accessible solely to buses, taxis, and local residents and businesses.
  • Drake Street will permit buses, taxis, and local access in one direction only, from Hall Ings to the Law Courts access road.
  • Hall Ings, between Bridge Street and Jacobs Well, will be restricted to buses and construction traffic only, enforced by cameras.
  • Westbound through traffic previously using Hall Ings will be redirected via a new permanent route through Shipley Airedale Road, Croft Street, and Manchester Road/Princes Way.

The alterations to road access and traffic management for the Hall Ings closure will be implemented overnight between February 18 and February 19.

Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are collaborating on this £43 million initiative, which forms part of the Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund programme. The project aims to facilitate safer and more enjoyable walking and cycling experiences within the city center.

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.”

Further details regarding the closure of Hall Ings and the broader project can be accessed at www.future-bradford.co.uk.