Bradford to Shipley Corridor

This scheme aims to improve the links between Bradford city centre and Shipley. Proposals include multi-modal enhancements along Canal Road/Valley Road (A6037) and Manningham Lane/Bradford Road which are focused on boosting journey time reliability, connectivity and improving bus and cycle journeys.

The Bradford-Shipley Route Improvement Scheme (BSRIS) will primarily deliver improvements at key junctions along the A6037 Canal Road corridor in Bradford to enhance the highway capacity and connectivity to/from Shipley town centre. The scheme will also improve accessibility to Frizinghall rail station, improve the urban environment at Bradford Beck, and improve the public transport, walking and cycling provision along the Manningham Lane corridor. Combined, these improvements will help to reduce carbon emissions, alleviate flood risk and create better places along the corridor.

The BSRIS is anticipated to reduce traffic congestion, improve journey time reliability for all modes, improve air quality and increase road safety. A key local benefit of the scheme will be improvements to green spaces along the route, providing pockets of wildlife and pleasant walking paths which can be used by residents. The scheme will also complement the work that is ongoing to build a dedicated cycle route along the Canal Road / Valley Road corridor. The scheme supports delivery of inclusive growth by facilitating new housing and employment opportunities and a better quality of life, with better air quality, encouraging active mode travel (walking, cycling), improving rail accessibility, and enhancing the urban environment, specifically at Bradford Beck.

The scheme is anticipated to reduce current and forecast congestion, improve journey time reliability for all modes, and widen the sustainable travel opportunities with enhanced cycling and walking infrastructure and connectivity to rail.

The scheme outputs and benefits include:

  • reducing congestion on the A6037 Canal Road corridor for all modes by 8% (buses by 12%) by 2030;
  • improving journey time reliability for bus services along the A6037 Canal Road with a 7% increase in bus frequency by 2030;
  • supporting a more sustainable transport network, anticipated to increase bus and rail patronage as well as cyclists along the corridor by 2030;
  • facilitating the housing and employment developments along the Bradford-Shipley route, forecast to create over 3,200 new dwellings, of which 640 within 5 years of scheme opening;
  • improving air quality by reducing levels of particulate matter such as Nitrogen Oxide within 5 years of scheme opening.

Public Engagement

Phase 1

The first phase of public consultation for the Bradford to Shipley Route Improvement Scheme took place from 14 December 2018 until 8 February 2019. A report which includes all the feedback received during the consultation period is available via


Phase 2

Engagement on the preferred options (Phase 2) was due to take place in spring 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this has now been postponed to autumn 2020.

Phase 2A

To mitigate some of the delays to the programme the Combined Authority supported Bradford Council’s decision to undertake a digital only consultation exercise for the Manningham Lane part of the scheme.

Phase 2A: A650 Manningham Lane Route consultation took place from 8 June until 5 July 2020. Further information about the Phase 2A consultation is available via

Phase 2B

Engagement on the preferred options for the full scheme will take place in due course. This will also include the proposals for the A650 Manningham Lane Route (Phase 2A).


Project Lead

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

District/ Area


Business case summary


Link here


West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund - £47.9 million

Project Status

Activity 4: Full Business Case

Approximate Construction Start and end dates

2022 to 2026

Delivery partners

Bradford Council

Other funders


Get in touch (contact information)

This page was last updated Q3 2020/2021