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10/09/2018

Bradford to probe Shipley bypass potential

Words: Huw Morris
Shipley / Tim Green

A £300,000 feasibility study into creating a bypass around the east of Shipley will be carried out by Bradford Council after the government agreed funding.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said the study would “provide clarity on whether an eastern bypass can deliver tangible benefits for the area, as well as improve the lives of people in and around Shipley”.

The study will consider wider benefits of new bypass by reducing congestion in the town centre while exploring how the route could improve air quality and remove barriers to economic growth.

If found to be viable, a relief road would provide a second crossing of the River Aire at Shipley and potentially create access to future development opportunities – including new housing.

The Department for Transport said any decisions on whether a bypass is built would depend on the outcome of the feasibility study.

Meanwhile, Highways England will spend £500,000 on upgrading the A1 at junction 47 near Harrogate. The work will be carried out by North Yorkshire County Council to support future jobs at the planned Flaxby Green Business Park.

Image credit | Tim Green

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