Bradford Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has launched a public consultation about the South Bradford Park and Ride Scheme.
The proposals include a series of walking, cycling and public transport improvements for people travelling from south of the Bradford district into the city centre.
The new measures would reduce bus journey times and offer better cycling routes, alongside a longer-term ambition to deliver a Park and Ride service in the future.
These improvements aim to reduce congestion and pollution along Manchester Road.
In summer 2021, Bradford Council consulted on proposals for a full Park and Ride scheme. Since then, the project team has created a new set of proposals which both reflect public feedback and respond to budget pressures caused by rising costs.
The latest proposals include:
- New, targeted bus measures along Manchester Road including priority at key junctions and a new lane for quicker journey times.
- A new cycle route from the former Richard Dunn Sports Centre into the city centre, linking to the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 66. This will offer a dedicated, quieter route away from main roads, and connections to the wider cycling network.
- A new Park & Ride on the city’s outskirts, with a car park and bus terminal on land currently used for event parking at Odsal stadium on the site of the former Richard Dunn Sports Centre. With a secure car park and cheaper journey costs, the Park & Ride would provide an alternative to driving into the city, meeting demand for parking during major events at the forthcoming Bradford Live arena and when Bradford is UK City of Culture in 2025. The former Richard Dunn Sports Centre building would remain unaffected by the facility.
Commenting on the proposals, Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The Manchester Road corridor is a vital route into and out of Bradford city centre, and one which currently suffers from high levels of pollution and congestion. By asking residents what they think about our proposals, we hope to present alternative options for those who wish to use them, and that better infrastructure will lead to easier journeys for all. We’d encourage everyone to view the proposals and let us know what you think.”
Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “We are investing millions of pounds to make it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport in and around Bradford. This is part of our work to create a more inclusive and better-connected region. Your opinion matters, so please make the most of this opportunity to shape these proposals to transform travel between south Bradford and the city centre.”
The consultation is open for six weeks, from Thursday 9 November to Thursday 21 December.
People will be able to have their say at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/southbradfordpandr or by:
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Calling 0808 196 9119, or
- Writing to Freepost BFD Highways.
There will also be face-to-face events where people can find out about the proposals from the project team and ask questions. These will take place on:
- Thursday 23 November 2023 between 2-6pm at the Sedbergh Sports Centre, Cleckheaton Road, BD12 0HQ
- Thursday 30 November 2023 between 1-5pm at City Hall, Centenary Square, BD1 1HY
Most of the scheme is being delivered through the Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund programme, which is aimed at making it easier for people to walk, cycle and use public transport.
This includes the development work for the Park & Ride scheme, as well as the delivery of the cycling route and the bus improvements.
Additional funding is being sought for the delivery of the Park & Ride (car park and terminal building).