Shipley ‘bypass scheme is difficult to deliver’

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Shipley ‘bypass scheme is difficult to deliver’ Shipley ‘bypass scheme is difficult to deliver’

A scheme to build a £50 million bypass for Shipley will not be easy to deliver in the face of current spending cuts and is unlikely to happen soon, a senior councillor has warned.

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s executive member for transport, was responding to concerns from Shipley MP Philip Davies, who yesterday questioned the Council’s commitment to the congestion-busting scheme.

He was speaking after viewing a document which raised questions about the value of the bypass.

On Friday, Council chief executive Tony Reeves sent a copy of a briefing note about the Shipley Eastern Relief Road to Mr Davies. It included figures which came out of an assessment done when the Shipley Eastern Relief Road plan was looked at to see if it was eligible for part of a £1bn pot of money.

The West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund is one of the elements of the City Deal, which covers local authorities across the region. Fifty transport proposals were considered for a slice of the funding in terms of how they would support employment growth and increase GVA – a measure of the value of goods and services produced in an area. The Shipley bypass plan failed “because of its high cost compared to the limited impact it would have on GVA.” Mr Davies said there was a pressing need for the road to be built.

“Bradford Council keeps allowing development in Baildon and doing nothing about congestion,” he said.

“What we see from this briefing note is that it’s nowhere near the top of Bradford Council’s list of transport priorities.”

Coun Slater (Lab) said the Council did not have the funds to pay for the bypass, but was trying to pull together funding from companies wanting to develop in the area.

“It‘s very much a chicken and egg situation – we need to get the development so we can get funding together so we can actually do the road,” she said.

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7:01am Tue 21 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Another publicity bandwagon Phil? It's obvious it won't be built unless funding appears from external sources.
Another publicity bandwagon Phil? It's obvious it won't be built unless funding appears from external sources. Albion.

7:58am Tue 21 Jan 14

otleygent says...

They will be proposing a tunnel again soon; just like the 80's!
They will be proposing a tunnel again soon; just like the 80's! otleygent

9:01am Tue 21 Jan 14

collos25 says...

VS would sooner authorize the spending of millions on a worthless scheme in Saltaire instead of tackling the real problem but this is what you get from people who are only interested in there own publicity.
VS would sooner authorize the spending of millions on a worthless scheme in Saltaire instead of tackling the real problem but this is what you get from people who are only interested in there own publicity. collos25

10:23am Tue 21 Jan 14

Albion. says...

collos25 wrote:
VS would sooner authorize the spending of millions on a worthless scheme in Saltaire instead of tackling the real problem but this is what you get from people who are only interested in there own publicity.
The scheme in Saltaire works very, but that wouldn't fit it into your ceaseless moaning campaign.
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: VS would sooner authorize the spending of millions on a worthless scheme in Saltaire instead of tackling the real problem but this is what you get from people who are only interested in there own publicity.[/p][/quote]The scheme in Saltaire works very, but that wouldn't fit it into your ceaseless moaning campaign. Albion.

10:39am Tue 21 Jan 14

genius1991 says...

All the schemes are bogus. They just want to push the traffic back towards Frizinghall, Heaton and Manningham. That solves nothing.
All the schemes are bogus. They just want to push the traffic back towards Frizinghall, Heaton and Manningham. That solves nothing. genius1991

7:37pm Tue 21 Jan 14

we'recitynotbradford says...

Chicken and egg situation? More like cart before the horse
Chicken and egg situation? More like cart before the horse we'recitynotbradford

7:05pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Nabwood says...

genius1991 wrote:
All the schemes are bogus. They just want to push the traffic back towards Frizinghall, Heaton and Manningham. That solves nothing.
You have to improve one section at a time. If we didn't improve one section because every road isn't at the same standard, then all the roads would still be mud.
[quote][p][bold]genius1991[/bold] wrote: All the schemes are bogus. They just want to push the traffic back towards Frizinghall, Heaton and Manningham. That solves nothing.[/p][/quote]You have to improve one section at a time. If we didn't improve one section because every road isn't at the same standard, then all the roads would still be mud. Nabwood

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