Drop-in sessions to gather views on Bradford Shipley highway improvements

Drop-in sessions to gather views on Bradford Shipley highway improvements

People are being invited to special drop-in sessions to have their say on Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority�s plans to improve journeys between Bradford and Shipley.

The project team will be on hand to explain the objectives of the scheme, answer questions and register people�s ideas, views and opinions at the events, which will take place on:

  • Monday 21 January, 10am to 2pm at City Hall Foyer.

  • Thursday 24 January, 10am to 2pm at Bradford Interchange Foyer.

  • Monday 28 January, 3pm to 7pm at the Tesco Superstore, Peel Centre, Valley Road.

  • Saturday 2 February, 10am to 2pm at Shipley Library.

The �47 million Bradford Shipley Route Improvement Scheme covers sections of the A650 Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road, the A6037 Canal Road / Valley Road and A6038 Otley Road.

Jobs, businesses and housing

The Scheme aims to reduce congestion and journey times, improve air quality and increase road safety. The project seeks to encourage sustainable transport such a cycling and walking, and to increase public transport use. It will also support jobs, businesses and housing development in the immediate areas and wider district. The works could include enhancements to green spaces along the route, providing pockets of wildlife areas and pleasant walking paths.

An online consultation on the Scheme to improve the A650 as a public transport corridor and develop Canal Road and Valley Road as the main strategic route for other traffic, is already underway.

Have your say online.

People can also email their comments�or send them by post to�FREEPOST CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)

Large print and Braille formats can be requested via by yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk or by calling 0113 2457676.

The Bradford Shipley Route Improvement Scheme is funded through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund. The West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund supported through the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal � a �1 billion package of Government investment delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

It is being developed alongside other projects such as the dedicated cycle route along the Canal Road and Valley Road, and the restoration of Bradford Beck, with plans scheduled to�be finalised in mid-2019. Due to its size and complexity, the scheme will probably be introduced in phases with construction work starting as early as 2020�and completion forecast�for�2024.

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:��Like other schemes funded through our West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund programme is designed to reduce congestion and make public transport more reliable, which in turn supports economic growth from which everyone can benefit.

�We want to ensure we achieve the maximum value for our investment through this scheme which is why I�m keen to get people�s views.

�I hope local residents and business as well as people who travel through the area will come along to these drop-in events. However if they can�t make the dates and times, I would urge them to have their say though our engagement hub, at www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk before the Friday 8 February closing date. �

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: �This major scheme will delivery significant benefits to local people and anyone travelling between Bradford and Shipley.

�We are very keen to hear people�s views on these important proposals and will listen carefully to everyone�s feedback.

�The Bradford Shipley Route Improvement Scheme is part of a wider programme of highways projects designed to enhance Bradford district�s roads.

�These will reduce congestion and journey times, improve road safety and air quality, and encourage more sustainable forms of transport.�

Find our more and�have your say.

Information will be on display at Bradford�City Hall Foyer, the Tesco Superstore at the�Peel Centre and at Shipley Library until the consultation closes on Friday 8 February.