Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority are planning improvements to three junctions in West Bradford on the A6177 Ring Road and want to hear people’s views and ideas on the project.

The upgrades are planned at the junctions of Great Horton Road and Horton Grange Road, Thornton Road and Cemetery Road, and Toller Lane and Whetley Hill.

To gather opinions, a public engagement programme on the West Bradford Junctions Improvement Scheme will run from Monday 18 February until Friday 29 March and proposals will be available to view online at yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/westbradford.

Part of the Council’s broader highways strategy and funded through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, the works aim to reduce congestion and journey times, improve air quality and increase road safety.

The West Bradford Junctions Improvement Scheme will make the surrounding areas more attractive and easier for pedestrians and cyclists.

The scheme will support growth in jobs, businesses and housing developments in the immediate areas and wider district.

The anticipated cost of the West Bradford Junctions Improvement Scheme is £14m, although this is subject to approval by the Combined Authority, which manages the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund.

The West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund is supported through the Leeds City Region Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of Government investment through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Similar schemes are proposed for the main roads between Bradford and Shipley, and Hard Ings, Keighley.

The proposals include works at the following junctions:

Great Horton Road and Horton Grange Road

  • Constructing a new road between Horton Park Avenue and Cecil Avenue junction and All Saints Road and Dirkhill Road junction with give way junctions at each end.
  • Installing traffic lights at the Great Horton Road and Horton Park Avenue junction.
  • Adding an additional lane on Great Horton Road towards Bradford on the approach to Great Horton Road/Horton Grange Road junction.
  • Introducing a one way traffic lane southbound on All Saints Road, towards Turner Place.
  • Preventing right turns from Great Horton Road into All Saints Road.

Thornton Road and Cemetery Road

  • Providing a right turn lane on Thornton Road towards Cemetery Road.
  • Introducing two lanes on Thornton Road westbound towards the Cemetery Road junction.
  • Providing two lanes on Allerton Road to the Cemetery Road junction.
  • Introducing two lanes on Cemetery Road through to Allerton Road towards Bradford Girls Grammar.

Toller Lane and Whetley Hill

  • Providing two lanes on the A6177 on the approach to the junction.
  • Introducing dedicated left turn lanes from the A6177 to Toller Lane and Whetley Hill.
  • Providing two lanes in both directions on Toller Lane from the Carlisle Road junction to the dual carriageway.
  • Widening of the approaches to the A6177 on Toller Lane and Whetley Hill to provide a right turn lane.

Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority are interested to hear people’s views and ideas on the scheme so a series of drop-in sessions will be held during March.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “These upgrades will deliver significant improvements reducing journey times, cutting congestion and reducing air pollution. The West Bradford Junctions Improvement Scheme will also improve road safety and help boost productivity, jobs and housing.”

“Highways improvements can deliver significantly quality of life benefits so we are very keen to hear people’s views. The scheme is part of a broader strategy to upgrade roads across Bradford district.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: “Like many of the Combined Authority’s West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund schemes, this work will improve traffic flow and reduce congestion which in turn will reduce improve journeys times and improve local air quality.

“Reducing local congestion will also help attract new business investment to the area as well as supporting the development of much-needed new housing. I would urge everyone who lives or works in this area or who travels through regularly to make sure they have their say on this scheme.”

Drop-in sessions:

  • Monday, 4 March, 10.30am – 1.30pm, Bradford City Hall, Norfolk Gardens, BD1 1UH
  • Thursday, 7 March, 12 noon – 3.00pm, Asda Store, Cemetery Rd, BD7 2QX
  • Tuesday, 12 March, 3.30pm – 6.30pm, Manningham Library, Carlisle Rd, BD8 8BB
  • Wednesday, 13 March, 11.00am – 2.00pm, Horton Park Health Centre,
    Horton Park Ave, Bradford BD7 3BN

Unstaffed exhibitions featuring plans will be displayed at City Hall, Manningham Library and Horton Park Health Centre from 18 February to 29 March.

Those interested can also find out more information and give their feedback at yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/westbradford, or via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

The works are planned to begin in early 2020 and will be complete by early 2022.