Major roadworks set to cause delays for a year

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Simon Cooke Councillor Simon Cooke

MAJOR roadworks are expected to cause disruption between the Aire Valley and Bradford for the next year, transport bosses have warned.

A £3.8 million project to redesign a busy junction in Canal Road, Bradford, will start next Monday.

But one councillor has called for Bradford Council to do more to stop Aire Valley firms losing out because of delayed journeys to or from the motorways while the works take place.

Councillor Simon Cooke, the Conservative group's spokesman for transport, said the authority should try to be "a little more considerate" to local businesses.

The project, which will take a year, will involve creating a short length of dual carriageway on Canal Road and introducing traffic signals at the junction with Stanley Road. It is being jointly funded by the Government and Council.

Transport chiefs hope it will alleviate traffic jams and discourage rat-running through Bolton Woods, where a major house-building push is planned.

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council's executive member for transport, said: "We apologise to any travellers facing delays and congestion because of the work but we are sure that the end result will make up for any temporary inconvenience.

"The scheme is designed to bring transport benefits to this strategic corridor while also opening up new development opportunities in Canal Road and Airedale, as well as assisting the delivery of the New Bolton Woods regeneration scheme in particular."

But Cllr Cooke (Con, Bingley Rural) said he had concerns over how businesses would be affected by the roadworks.

He said while he agreed the work was necessary, more needed to be done to minimise the disruption caused.

He said: "If you end up with a year's worth of gridlock, then it has done nothing much for these communities."

Cllr Cooke said he feared the roadworks would "force a lot of people on to alternative routes".

He said: "It is not enough for the Council to say, 'Look, guys, we have got to do this work and there's going to be some congestion'.

"They have got to be talking to people for whom that work is important - businesses in the Aire Valley which have a need to get goods and services in and out.

"Let's look at how we can get alternative routes worked out. Perhaps what we need to be looking at is something a little more considerate, especially to businesses."

Cllr Slater said they were hoping to carry out much of the work at weekends.

She said: "Obviously, we want to try to minimise disruption to anybody as much as possible, but very often it is very difficult to carry out work on important arterial roads without causing some kind of disruption.

"It's not the kind of thing you can do through the night because very often these roads go through residential areas and people have a right to be able to sleep on a night."

One of the firms likely to be affected by the delays is Chris Wright Haulage, of Baildon.

Managing director John Morton said a lot of their work involved driving across Bradford to get to and from the motorways, so the roadworks would directly affect them.

But he said: "We work predominantly for the building industry and the road surfacing industry, so we have to be sympathetic towards people doing roadworks. It's how we make our money.

"Yes, it will cause disruption, but as a company, we think it will be worth it. If the roads are improved for everybody, then we are all for it."

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8:14am Tue 17 Jun 14

collos25 says...

Anything VS has her hand in will be a complete expensive disaster.
Anything VS has her hand in will be a complete expensive disaster. collos25
  • Score: 3

8:26am Tue 17 Jun 14

Silsdenman says...

I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.
I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money. Silsdenman
  • Score: 31

9:07am Tue 17 Jun 14

bd7 helper says...

Chop chop let's get cracking
Chop chop let's get cracking bd7 helper
  • Score: 8

9:23am Tue 17 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Obviously something needs to be done regarding congestion on Canal Road, for me the whole stretch into Shipley needs doing. This is a start hopefully the rest can be financed sooner rather than later.
Obviously something needs to be done regarding congestion on Canal Road, for me the whole stretch into Shipley needs doing. This is a start hopefully the rest can be financed sooner rather than later. bcfc1903
  • Score: 21

9:23am Tue 17 Jun 14

OLDLAD says...

So the bottleneck moves from stanley road to shipley. Clever!
So the bottleneck moves from stanley road to shipley. Clever! OLDLAD
  • Score: 16

9:24am Tue 17 Jun 14

yezboss says...

Yup just a quicker way to the next traffic jam. (outbound) Will make no difference inbound.
Yup just a quicker way to the next traffic jam. (outbound) Will make no difference inbound. yezboss
  • Score: 8

9:25am Tue 17 Jun 14

alive and awake says...

Total waste of money! They have no idea just how bad this is going to be, and they care less. Too late to do anything about it, it starts Monday. Who votes these numpties in?
Total waste of money! They have no idea just how bad this is going to be, and they care less. Too late to do anything about it, it starts Monday. Who votes these numpties in? alive and awake
  • Score: -5

10:57am Tue 17 Jun 14

modman61 says...

Ideally all Canal Road should be a dual carriageway
Ideally all Canal Road should be a dual carriageway modman61
  • Score: 24

11:17am Tue 17 Jun 14

gaggedandbound says...

Totally agree with the concern. I commute daily along this stretch and it is bad. Just had to put up with a year of delays at Saltaire Roundabout, now this. It should defo be limited during the rush hour. It takes me 1 hour to commute 10 miles!
Totally agree with the concern. I commute daily along this stretch and it is bad. Just had to put up with a year of delays at Saltaire Roundabout, now this. It should defo be limited during the rush hour. It takes me 1 hour to commute 10 miles! gaggedandbound
  • Score: 12

11:19am Tue 17 Jun 14

tinytoonster says...

alive and awake wrote:
Total waste of money! They have no idea just how bad this is going to be, and they care less. Too late to do anything about it, it starts Monday. Who votes these numpties in?
mostly people on the rock n roll vote em in so this stuff of getting to and from work does not effect them!
nice pictures of a couple of cars!
brilliant example of gridlock!
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Total waste of money! They have no idea just how bad this is going to be, and they care less. Too late to do anything about it, it starts Monday. Who votes these numpties in?[/p][/quote]mostly people on the rock n roll vote em in so this stuff of getting to and from work does not effect them! nice pictures of a couple of cars! brilliant example of gridlock! tinytoonster
  • Score: 3

11:31am Tue 17 Jun 14

MrQuinque says...

Jesus you are a moaning bunch, the Council does nothing, you moan, they try to do something to improve the City, you moan more. Yes, there will be delays, there are always delays when you have roadworks, if you don't want to be near the roadworks plan an alternate route.

We had the same bunch of whiners regarding the replacement on Saltaire roundabout, and other than needing a Zebra crossing in front of the Co-Op the project has turned out brilliantly, even finishing ahead of schedule.

It is miserable buggers like you lot that mean we end up with loose chippings on our roads and basic pothole filling instead of actually getting them re-layed, because the council don't want to deal with the flack over delays.

Get a Grip!
Jesus you are a moaning bunch, the Council does nothing, you moan, they try to do something to improve the City, you moan more. Yes, there will be delays, there are always delays when you have roadworks, if you don't want to be near the roadworks plan an alternate route. We had the same bunch of whiners regarding the replacement on Saltaire roundabout, and other than needing a Zebra crossing in front of the Co-Op the project has turned out brilliantly, even finishing ahead of schedule. It is miserable buggers like you lot that mean we end up with loose chippings on our roads and basic pothole filling instead of actually getting them re-layed, because the council don't want to deal with the flack over delays. Get a Grip! MrQuinque
  • Score: 18

11:32am Tue 17 Jun 14

bonoforpm says...

Didn't even the Council admit last year that this scheme would only reduce journey times by about 11 seconds ?

They are spending this money now because they will lose it otherwise. That doesn't seem to me to be an example of clear joined-up thinking, more like a spoiled kid in a sweetie shop.

Err... yes of course, this is Bradford Council we are talking about isn't it
Didn't even the Council admit last year that this scheme would only reduce journey times by about 11 seconds ? They are spending this money now because they will lose it otherwise. That doesn't seem to me to be an example of clear joined-up thinking, more like a spoiled kid in a sweetie shop. Err... yes of course, this is Bradford Council we are talking about isn't it bonoforpm
  • Score: 6

12:01pm Tue 17 Jun 14

baildongreen says...

It it's only a short stretch, why is it taking a year? Should the Council get some professional help in?
It it's only a short stretch, why is it taking a year? Should the Council get some professional help in? baildongreen
  • Score: 6

12:26pm Tue 17 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

create a short dual carriageway and you get traffic clamouring to get on it only to be stopped later at a bottle neck as the road reverts to normal standard. A pointless expensive solution. Leave it alone.
create a short dual carriageway and you get traffic clamouring to get on it only to be stopped later at a bottle neck as the road reverts to normal standard. A pointless expensive solution. Leave it alone. tyker7745
  • Score: 2

12:40pm Tue 17 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

The T& A reported a while back that Bradford Council got a government grant to be used on a road scheme, it needed to be implemented quickly else they would lose the grant, hence this scheme above which will certainly help regarding congestion. The whole stretch need duelling down to Shipley and beyond to Bingley bypass, I'm sure if finances were available that would have been done as part of this road widening scheme.
The T& A reported a while back that Bradford Council got a government grant to be used on a road scheme, it needed to be implemented quickly else they would lose the grant, hence this scheme above which will certainly help regarding congestion. The whole stretch need duelling down to Shipley and beyond to Bingley bypass, I'm sure if finances were available that would have been done as part of this road widening scheme. bcfc1903
  • Score: 5

1:43pm Tue 17 Jun 14

dbates says...

A bypass for Shipley and Saltaire is what is needed, not bits of dual carriage way and extra traffic lights here and there, when the traffic gets squeezed into the old bottle necks of Shipley and Saltaire. Why not address the real problem? Saltaire - a World Heritage Site with a constant traffic jam running through the middle of it!
A bypass for Shipley and Saltaire is what is needed, not bits of dual carriage way and extra traffic lights here and there, when the traffic gets squeezed into the old bottle necks of Shipley and Saltaire. Why not address the real problem? Saltaire - a World Heritage Site with a constant traffic jam running through the middle of it! dbates
  • Score: 15

2:03pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Nabwood says...

Silsdenman wrote:
I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.
With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better.

Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.
[quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.[/p][/quote]With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better. Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars. Nabwood
  • Score: 14

7:55pm Tue 17 Jun 14

genius1991 says...

Seems a waste of money. 7-9, 4-6 traffic is normal on key routes. These 'solutions' just transfer congestion from one place to another every few years. They've just pushed Saltaire traffic back to Frizinghall. This is pushing congestion further towards Shipley (which incidentally will increase travelling times for those going back to Saltaire on one of the key Leeds/motorway routes).

That £3.8m would've been better spent invested in our local organisations working for the people of Bradford, not for a set of traffic lights and some new railings.
Seems a waste of money. 7-9, 4-6 traffic is normal on key routes. These 'solutions' just transfer congestion from one place to another every few years. They've just pushed Saltaire traffic back to Frizinghall. This is pushing congestion further towards Shipley (which incidentally will increase travelling times for those going back to Saltaire on one of the key Leeds/motorway routes). That £3.8m would've been better spent invested in our local organisations working for the people of Bradford, not for a set of traffic lights and some new railings. genius1991
  • Score: -2

8:10pm Tue 17 Jun 14

ravacity says...

read the last paragraph, the comment from john Morton of chris wrights, he for me sums it up perfectly
read the last paragraph, the comment from john Morton of chris wrights, he for me sums it up perfectly ravacity
  • Score: -2

8:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Silsdenman says...

Nabwood wrote:
Silsdenman wrote:
I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.
With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better.

Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.
It's not an attitude, it's a fact. Two ends with single lanes out of them. Double lanes for 250m, look at the plans.
[quote][p][bold]Nabwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.[/p][/quote]With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better. Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.[/p][/quote]It's not an attitude, it's a fact. Two ends with single lanes out of them. Double lanes for 250m, look at the plans. Silsdenman
  • Score: 2

9:39pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Foshiz17 says...

Of course the real problem is too many cars. Try get on a bike, or use public transport. The more people using these two options the better it becomes for everyone. If it takes you an hour to do 10 miles, I would argue you are using the wrong mode of transport
Of course the real problem is too many cars. Try get on a bike, or use public transport. The more people using these two options the better it becomes for everyone. If it takes you an hour to do 10 miles, I would argue you are using the wrong mode of transport Foshiz17
  • Score: -7

9:41pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Foshiz17 says...

Nabwood wrote:
Silsdenman wrote:
I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.
With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better.

Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.
Cars are the most inefficient way of transporting people, why continue throwing money at it?
[quote][p][bold]Nabwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.[/p][/quote]With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better. Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.[/p][/quote]Cars are the most inefficient way of transporting people, why continue throwing money at it? Foshiz17
  • Score: -1

11:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Silsdenman says...

Foshiz17 wrote:
Nabwood wrote:
Silsdenman wrote:
I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.
With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better.

Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.
Cars are the most inefficient way of transporting people, why continue throwing money at it?
In this instance throwing money at it isn't going to make any difference to anything anyway. It is throwing money away for the sake of it on a project which disrupts minimal number of residents and is least likely to meet with any resistance.There will be lots of cycle lanes but the zig zg course they take across this new junction means that the few people who do cycle on Canal Rd probably won't use them.
[quote][p][bold]Foshiz17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nabwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.[/p][/quote]With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better. Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.[/p][/quote]Cars are the most inefficient way of transporting people, why continue throwing money at it?[/p][/quote]In this instance throwing money at it isn't going to make any difference to anything anyway. It is throwing money away for the sake of it on a project which disrupts minimal number of residents and is least likely to meet with any resistance.There will be lots of cycle lanes but the zig zg course they take across this new junction means that the few people who do cycle on Canal Rd probably won't use them. Silsdenman
  • Score: 3

7:38am Wed 18 Jun 14

tinytoonster says...

Foshiz17 wrote:
Nabwood wrote:
Silsdenman wrote:
I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.
With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better.

Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.
Cars are the most inefficient way of transporting people, why continue throwing money at it?
err, because our taxes on fuel and our road fund license pays for it!
all the bike users pay nothing!!
time to start charging cycle users yearly road fund licenses.
[quote][p][bold]Foshiz17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nabwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.[/p][/quote]With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better. Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.[/p][/quote]Cars are the most inefficient way of transporting people, why continue throwing money at it?[/p][/quote]err, because our taxes on fuel and our road fund license pays for it! all the bike users pay nothing!! time to start charging cycle users yearly road fund licenses. tinytoonster
  • Score: 3

9:41pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Foshiz17 says...

tinytoonster wrote:
Foshiz17 wrote:
Nabwood wrote:
Silsdenman wrote:
I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.
With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better.

Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.
Cars are the most inefficient way of transporting people, why continue throwing money at it?
err, because our taxes on fuel and our road fund license pays for it!
all the bike users pay nothing!!
time to start charging cycle users yearly road fund licenses.
I'd happily pay the same as other zero emissions vehicles. Where should I send my cheque? Roads are paid for from general taxation, nowt to do with fuel and VED.
[quote][p][bold]tinytoonster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Foshiz17[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nabwood[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Silsdenman[/bold] wrote: I don't understand how this can ease traffic when there will still be a bottleneck at both ends. Total waste of money.[/p][/quote]With that attitude, nothing will ever improve, and we would all be driving on dirt tracks. Yes, improving traffic at one place can cause more jams elsewhere, but some people will be helped, and that worsened jam represents the next place to improve. Albeit slowly, everything gets better. Personally, I would widen Canal Road to ensure it is dual carriageway all the way to Shipley. No bus lanes, no cycle lanes, but prioritising what actually transports the volume of people - cars.[/p][/quote]Cars are the most inefficient way of transporting people, why continue throwing money at it?[/p][/quote]err, because our taxes on fuel and our road fund license pays for it! all the bike users pay nothing!! time to start charging cycle users yearly road fund licenses.[/p][/quote]I'd happily pay the same as other zero emissions vehicles. Where should I send my cheque? Roads are paid for from general taxation, nowt to do with fuel and VED. Foshiz17
  • Score: -1

1:46pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Storck says...

baildongreen wrote:
It it's only a short stretch, why is it taking a year? Should the Council get some professional help in?
Because they are doing most of the work at weekends and not working rush hours etc. they would get it done a lot quicker if they just got on with it but people would complain even more about the delays
[quote][p][bold]baildongreen[/bold] wrote: It it's only a short stretch, why is it taking a year? Should the Council get some professional help in?[/p][/quote]Because they are doing most of the work at weekends and not working rush hours etc. they would get it done a lot quicker if they just got on with it but people would complain even more about the delays Storck
  • Score: 0

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