Bradford Canal Road
The new segregated cycle route would run between the City Centre nearby the Forster Square Rail station area, for approximately 2.3km along the Canal Road/Valley Road corridor. It will connect to the Canal Road Greenway and will provide a strategic and safe link for cyclists between the growing residential areas along Canal Road and the employment and training opportunities within Bradford City Centre. Separate ways for pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles will be provided with traffic lane widths adjusted to suit the space available.
The first map below illustrates the route the path will take and highlights some key points where the design and route choice are explained. The second map at the bottom of the page shows in black the updates made as a result of the public consultation, amending the direction in which motor traffic will be able to travel on Valley Road and some changes to the scope of the landscaping works.
More detailed information and project updates about this scheme can be found below.
Map 1 – shows the proposed route for the cycle way.
Bradford City Centre to St Blaize Way roundabout
A segregated two-way cycle superhighway starts in the city centre at Lower Kirkgate and moves along Canal Road and Valley Road aligned along the edge of the site of the former Royal Mail House on land that has been safeguarded through the grant of planning permission to redevelop this site. At the Travelodge hotel a new crossing will take the route from the west to the east side of Valley Road and on towards the roundabout at St Blaise Way. At the roundabout the route will cross Holdsworth Street on a new crossing and Leeming Street will be blocked off to vehicular traffic to avoid having to provide another crossing here. A Traffic Regulation Order(TRO) is required in order to legally close this section of Leeming Street.
At the City Centre end there will be a connecting link to the bottom of Church Bank and the Leeds – Bradford Cycle Super Highway.
Retail Park Section (St Blaise Way to Inkersley Road)
The cycle superhighway continues through the retail area from the roundabout at St Blaise Way along the east side of Valley Road. The junctions at North Holme Street and the access to Halfords will be modified to give the cycle superhighway priority over crossing traffic. The signal controlled junction at Hamm Strasse will be modified to incorporate a cycle crossing and in order for the cycle crossing to operate in one stage it is necessary to prohibit vehicles from Valley Road turning left onto Hamm Strasse towards Shipley Airedale Road. A TRO is required to in order to legally prevent this traffic movement.
The junction of Cape Street and the access to the car park off the roundabout will be modified to give the cycle superhighway priority over crossing traffic.
Between Cape Street and Singleton Street, north of the roundabout, a new crossing will take the route from the east side back to the west side of Valley Road and on towards Inkersley Way.
Industrial Section (Inkersley Road to Queens Road)
The cycle superhighway then moves through the industrialised area of Valley Road to a new signal controlled junction and crossing at Queens Road. The route will be along the western side of Valley Road where there is currently no footway. The cycle track will be separated from motor vehicles with a new concrete kerb and space will be provided by narrowing the carriageway. In order to maintain access to business premises Valley Road will become a one-way street northbound and parking restrictions will be applied along most of the length of this section. There will be some on-street parking but it will be limited. A TRO is required to change the two-way street into a one-way street.
Valley Road/ Queens Road/ Bolton Lane junction
Here, a new signal controlled junction will be provided that will incorporate a controlled cycle crossing and will stop traffic on Queens Road to allow Valley Road traffic to exit onto Queens Road. This new junction will be linked to the traffic signals at the Midland Road junction and will ease congestion to ring road traffic.
There will be no-entry to Valley Road as this will be one-way northbound. A TRO is required in order to legal prevent this traffic movement. There will also be parking restrictions introduced along Bolton Lane.
The cycle super highway continues through the industrial area to the existing cycle track on Canal Road near the existing crossing opposite Arnold Lavers. The route will be along the western side of Hillam Road and will be separated from motor vehicles and pedestrian routes with new concrete kerbs.
Space will be provided by narrowing the footways on both sides of the road and widening the carriageway on the eastern side of Hillam Road. The carriageway width will remain the same as at present and parking restrictions will be introduced in order to prevent parking on the west side of Hillam Road. A TRO is required to prevent parking on one side of Hillam Road.
August 2016 – What is happening now?
Before building the new route, between 4th July and 29th July, we invited the public to make comments on the proposals. We held two public consultation sessions at Bolton Woods Community Centre and comments could be left online on the above maps. The feedback and opinions collected have been collated into a report which will allow scheme’s designers to amend the plans if appropriate. The report will then be presented to The Executive Committee at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council for consideration.
If you missed the public consultation period but would like to provide feedback on the scheme please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view the consultation report produced on the documentation page
June 2017 – What is happening now?
The public consultation in July 2016 led to a revised design proposal. The Executive Committee at City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council in September 2016 approved the changes and authorised the advertising of Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO’s) which was carried out in March and April 2017. The general effect of the TRO’s will be to limit parking and prohibit certain traffic movements along the streets affected by the route. Objections to the TRO will be considered by Committee in July 2017.
Map 2 – showing revised design proposal post-consultation
Once all the legal processes have been completed the construction work could start at the end of summer 2017 and be completed by summer 2018.