This is a Transforming Cities Fund-backed scheme. Credit: Bradford Council

Bradford kicks on with public realm programme

Work to transform the city centre has hit a key phase, with new paving areas created and the demolition of a former NCP car park as part of a WYCA-backed £43m project.

In a major pedestrianisation scheme, the council said that Bradford city centre is being reshaped by the scheme, which is intended to support active travel in the central area, among other purposes.

New paving has started to take shape across large areas of Market Street, Bank Street, Broadway and Bridge Street to tie in with existing pedestrian zones

A now-redundant bus shelter structure on Hall Ings has been removed – and recycled – as part of works to create a major new public greenspace in the city centre.

Work is also progressing on the demolition of the former NCP car park to create a new green space, linking to Hall Ings and Norfolk Gardens.

The screens and scaffolding, which enabled the higher levels to be taken down, have been removed. The remaining structure will now be brought down.

A fortnight of overnight works is now due to take place and is expected to begin on 17 June.

Works will involve resurfacing and lining works on Sunbridge Road, Godwin Street and Prince’s Way, with diversions put in place.

The local authority said: “Works to improve the city centre are progressing well. We know that the work is causing disruption, but contractors are working as fast as possible to complete and reopen areas as soon as possible. We’d like to thank people for their patience while this improvement work takes place.”

Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working in partnership on this £43m scheme, which is being delivered through the Combined Authority’s Transforming Cities Fund programme.

This is a capital grant transport fund, provided by the Department for Transport and cannot be used for other purposes, Bradford said.

Better paving will support walking and cycling, the council said. Credit: Bradford Council

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