The forthcoming phase of extensive redevelopment work aimed at enhancing the heart of Bradford city centre for pedestrians and cyclists is scheduled to commence in April.

The ongoing scheme is reshaping Bradford city centre, introducing more green spaces and public areas to facilitate easier, safer, and more enjoyable navigation for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

Phase 1 of the construction effort is nearing completion, with a focus on infrastructure enhancements around the periphery of the city centre. These enhancements, encompassing Croft Street, Jacobs Well, Prince’s Way, Godwin Street, Lower Kirkgate, Church Bank, Well Street, and Vicar Lane, were designed to facilitate the relocation of bus services onto new public transport routes circumventing the city centre, rather than traversing through it.

Phase 2 of the initiative, slated to commence from Sunday 14th April, will include:

  • The removal of traffic management structures, such as cones and barriers, from completed works just outside the city centre.
  • Commencement of work to pedestrianise Bank Street, Market Street, Hall Ings, and segments of Bridge Street and Little Horton Lane.
  • Rerouting of buses onto the new public transport corridors encircling the city centre.
  • Establishment of new green spaces to provide accessible, safer, and more inviting areas for pedestrians and cyclists to traverse and spend time.
  • Amendments to taxi ranks and provision of disabled parking spaces.

The rerouting of buses onto the new public transport corridors will necessitate the introduction of a new timetable and bus stops from Sunday 14th April.

Further details regarding bus stop locations post-April 14th can be found on the West Yorkshire Metro website: www.wymetro.com.

Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are collaborating on this £43 million initiative, funded through the Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund programme, a capital grant transport fund allocated by the Department for Transport specifically for transportation-related projects and cannot be diverted for alternative purposes.

A Bradford Council spokesperson, said: “As we move into the next phase of construction, people will now begin to see this transformation become a reality. With traffic free greenspaces being created to make the city centre a safer, easier and more pleasant please for people to spend time and to get around on foot or by bike.

“While these works are taking place, disruption to both drivers and pedestrians is inevitable, but we can assure people that this is monitored daily, and every effort is being made to minimise disruption wherever possible. I’d like to thank people for their patience while this work takes place.”

For further information about the scheme, individuals are encouraged to visit www.future-bradford.co.uk, where they can also register for a regular newsletter to remain informed about developments.