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Bradford consults on city regeneration plans

Words: Laura Edgar
Regeneration plans / Bradford Council

Bradford Council has launched a public consultation on its plans for regenerating the city, including establishing new walking, cycling and public transport.

The programme of work, which comprises four schemes, has been launched in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The schemes aim to create a "more attractive and pleasant" civic centre for the district so that people can enjoy outdoor cafes and events. Transport infrastructure will be improved too.

Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's schemes are:

  • Improvements to the city centre environment and the introduction of new walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure.
  • A new pedestrianised approach to Bradford Interchange.
  • An extension to the Leeds-Bradford Cycle Superhighway to the west of Bradford along Thornton Road.
  • A new Park and Ride site adjacent to junction 2 of the M606, with complementary bus expressway and cycle route along Manchester Road.

The schemes will be supported by a successful bid by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Bradford Council to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).

The Leeds City Region TCF programme, which the combined authority will deliver in partnership with local authorities, is to be funded with £317 million from the DfT and local match funding of up to £140 million. Bradford Council has been indicatively allocated around £80 million to deliver transport infrastructure and regeneration schemes.

Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of Bradford Council and chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “Bradford’s Transforming Cities Fund programme will be essential to reducing car use and congestion across the city, improving the health of our residents and helping us to achieve our aim of becoming the UK’s leading clean growth district.

“Bradford is a district with a young and diverse demographic and a lot of potential. The schemes being brought forward will ensure we make the most of what Bradford has to offer, stimulating regeneration across the district and attracting further investment.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, added: “In my manifesto, I committed to improving public transport and helping tackle the climate emergency on our way to becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.

“Transformational schemes such as these being proposed in Bradford, combined with our efforts to improve public transport across West Yorkshire, will provide more people with more opportunity to choose to travel sustainably, whilst improving the civic landscape for all to enjoy."

The consultation can be found on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.

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