Work to improve Bradford Interchange access underway

Work to improve Bradford Interchange access underway

Bradford InterchangeWork to improve the main entrance to Bradford Interchange got underway on Monday 21 May.

When the project is complete, it will result in a dedicated taxi rank and a new pick-up and drop-off area for the public. There will be new and extended pedestrian crossings as well as new pavement furniture to protect pedestrians.

Tenants in the surrounding commercial units have been contacted about the work, which is expected to take nine weeks in total, with construction work carefully phased to minimise disruption. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the scheme.

Cllr Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee Chair said of the scheme:��Bradford Interchange is used by nine million bus and train passengers every year and this work will provide the vast majority of them, who use the main entrance with more attractive surroundings designed to ensure their safety and maintain accessibility.

�This scheme will help to provide a more attractive welcome to Bradford city centre and is a precursor to major improvement we have planned which will result in a new frontage, better pedestrian access and improved facilities, scheduled to start in autumn 2019.�

Find out more about the scheme from the Metro travel information website.

In March, Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council�s Executive Member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, said: �These improvements will make the area outside Bradford Interchange much more welcoming and practical for people using the station ahead of further work in starting next year. It�s the first thing many people experience when they visit Bradford and this will make the main entrance far more attractive.

�Improving the Interchange is also key to our longer-term ambition to ensure that Bradford city centre gets a high-speed rail station on the Northern Powerhouse Rail line linking Leeds and Manchester, and beyond. That Bradford stop has already been supported by Transport for the North in its draft strategic transport plan which has been published for consultation.�

The access improvements are due to be completed by summer 2018.

The scheme is just the starting point for major improvements planned for the Interchange as part of �5.65 million worth of development approved by the Combined Authority in January. The overall package of works will result in further upgraded taxi arrangements, better pedestrian access and improved facilities for the nine million bus and train passengers who use the Interchange every year.

Feasibility work for wholesale improvements to the Interchange�s layout, which would pave the way for improved rail and bus services and for a central Bradford stop on the planned Northern Powerhouse Rail route, was also agreed in January.