Major Bradford routes set for summer traffic misery as roadworks get underway

AVOID: Drivers are being advised to find other routes when work is ongoing at Thornbury roundabout

DELAYS: Drivers are being advised to find other routes when work is ongoing at Thornbury roundabout

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MOTORISTS in Bradford are set for traffic misery thanks to roadworks clogging up some major routes in and around the city.

Work has started on a nine-month congestion-busting scheme at Thornbury Barracks roundabout, with completion set for next April.

Two weeks of resurfacing work on Manchester Road will start on Monday, while gas works in Shipley are set to cause disruption for the next ten weeks.

Leeds City Council said the work at Thornbury was vital.

A spokesman said: "This is a major piece of work to improve a badly-congested section of the Bradford road network.

"We recognise there will be some disruption, but we are doing all we can to minimise it and will ensure we do not work at peak times. Every effort is being made to carry out this work in the shortest time possible."

The work is being restricted to between 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekdays, with occasional weekend working required.

Leeds City Council said the work would reduce congestion at the junction and improve "accessibility and connectivity" between Bradford and Leeds. The authority has also advised motorists to find alternative routes during the disruption.

The work involves creating three lanes through the roundabout's centre, traffic signals, reconfiguration of lanes, introduction of pedestrian and cycling facilities, as well as upgrading streetlights and bus stops.

A spokesman for Bradford Council said resurfacing work on Manchester Road would end on August 20. He added: "Various sections of the road need repairing between Mill Street and Odsal roundabout."

There will be lane restrictions in place, but no full closure of the road. However, neighbouring roads could be closed while work is carried out.

Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is replacing ageing metal gas mains in Otley Road, Shipley, with new plastic pipes. The first phase of the work is at the junction with Dockfield Road.

Wayne Fisher, of NGN, said: "We know that no-one likes roadworks and we are working hard to minimise the disruption caused to members of the public.

"We have listened carefully to feedback from road users and have worked closely with Bradford Council to make a number of changes to help assist traffic flow. The temporary traffic lights are now being monitored remotely from the council's control centre with timings adjusted according to traffic flow and we have extended working hours to include longer days and weekends so that the work is completed as quickly as possible.

"We would like to extend our apologies to all those affected."

Delays are also expected on Thornton Road, near Bradford city centre, because of more work being carried out by NGN.

The Council said the impact of the roadworks on motorists is likely to be high, and that delays are likely because of a lane closure. The work is scheduled to finish on Friday.

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11:14am Wed 30 Jul 14

bluebluerobin says...

All this does is remind us that Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Repairs, that most other cities would take in their stride, bring Bradford to its knees.

Cllr. Green and his Labour Group might want to reflect why any aspiring business would want to set up in Bradford with its nightmare logistics. City Hall needs to stop talking and start investing in some much needed infrastructure. The Shipley eastern relief road would be a good start, especially now Cllr Slater wants to build a small city at Bolton Woods.
All this does is remind us that Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Repairs, that most other cities would take in their stride, bring Bradford to its knees. Cllr. Green and his Labour Group might want to reflect why any aspiring business would want to set up in Bradford with its nightmare logistics. City Hall needs to stop talking and start investing in some much needed infrastructure. The Shipley eastern relief road would be a good start, especially now Cllr Slater wants to build a small city at Bolton Woods. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 26

11:23am Wed 30 Jul 14

Andrew_ide says...

You have omitted to add the works on Apperley Lane and Leeds Road, Shipley all routes in and out of Bradford have roadworks on them.

I know it is the Summer so traffic is quieter due to holidays, but surely some discussion could have been held between the different companies rather than all the works being done at once.
You have omitted to add the works on Apperley Lane and Leeds Road, Shipley all routes in and out of Bradford have roadworks on them. I know it is the Summer so traffic is quieter due to holidays, but surely some discussion could have been held between the different companies rather than all the works being done at once. Andrew_ide
  • Score: 19

12:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

36a says...

I dont recall Manchester Road being particularly bad, whereas the A644 through Queensbury is unbelievable. The surface is completely worn out and attempted patching of potholes ineffective
Priorities ??
I dont recall Manchester Road being particularly bad, whereas the A644 through Queensbury is unbelievable. The surface is completely worn out and attempted patching of potholes ineffective Priorities ?? 36a
  • Score: 6

12:13pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Leeds City Council said the work at Thornbury was vital.


Why is Leeds Council responsible for an area in Bradford ??
[quote]Leeds City Council said the work at Thornbury was vital. [/quote] Why is Leeds Council responsible for an area in Bradford ?? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -10

12:34pm Wed 30 Jul 14

A650 says...

Thornbury Barracks roundabout is in Leeds not Bradford.
Thornbury Barracks roundabout is in Leeds not Bradford. A650
  • Score: 18

12:42pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Robin of Loxley says...

A650 wrote:
Thornbury Barracks roundabout is in Leeds not Bradford.
Cheers, A650.
[quote][p][bold]A650[/bold] wrote: Thornbury Barracks roundabout is in Leeds not Bradford.[/p][/quote]Cheers, A650. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: -4

1:13pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Victor Clayton says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
All this does is remind us that Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Repairs, that most other cities would take in their stride, bring Bradford to its knees. Cllr. Green and his Labour Group might want to reflect why any aspiring business would want to set up in Bradford with its nightmare logistics. City Hall needs to stop talking and start investing in some much needed infrastructure. The Shipley eastern relief road would be a good start, especially now Cllr Slater wants to build a small city at Bolton Woods.
agree, our infrastructure should tale proirity over everything else. otherwise its just going to be a gradual slide downhill.
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: All this does is remind us that Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Repairs, that most other cities would take in their stride, bring Bradford to its knees. Cllr. Green and his Labour Group might want to reflect why any aspiring business would want to set up in Bradford with its nightmare logistics. City Hall needs to stop talking and start investing in some much needed infrastructure. The Shipley eastern relief road would be a good start, especially now Cllr Slater wants to build a small city at Bolton Woods.[/p][/quote]agree, our infrastructure should tale proirity over everything else. otherwise its just going to be a gradual slide downhill. Victor Clayton
  • Score: 8

2:27pm Wed 30 Jul 14

BagOfMonkeys says...

Leeds at least has got a 'Ring Road' which to some degree could/can be upgraded, and presumably the Barracks improvements are to help Bradford traffic get onto the Stanningley ByPass part of it. Whereas Bradford has pretended it had a 'Ring Road', but it is a name only. Some may remember when the railway went all around Bradford. I remember it cutting through Thorpe Edge and Ravenscliffe, what a great opportunity that would have been. The trouble with Bradfords Roads is - they don't let me get out of Bradford fast enough!
Leeds at least has got a 'Ring Road' which to some degree could/can be upgraded, and presumably the Barracks improvements are to help Bradford traffic get onto the Stanningley ByPass part of it. Whereas Bradford has pretended it had a 'Ring Road', but it is a name only. Some may remember when the railway went all around Bradford. I remember it cutting through Thorpe Edge and Ravenscliffe, what a great opportunity that would have been. The trouble with Bradfords Roads is - they don't let me get out of Bradford fast enough! BagOfMonkeys
  • Score: 26

3:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Storck says...

Find alternative routes? Any suggestions when the closest alternative route would be passing through Horsforth roundabout which is having work done at the same time, plus work at Calverley roundabout.
Find alternative routes? Any suggestions when the closest alternative route would be passing through Horsforth roundabout which is having work done at the same time, plus work at Calverley roundabout. Storck
  • Score: 12

5:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

mad matt says...

I'd like to know which idiot decided it would be a good idea to have roadworks on Canal Road and Keighley Road at the same time - BOTH main northerly routes out of Bradford almost impassable at the same time!
I'd like to know which idiot decided it would be a good idea to have roadworks on Canal Road and Keighley Road at the same time - BOTH main northerly routes out of Bradford almost impassable at the same time! mad matt
  • Score: 12

6:25pm Wed 30 Jul 14

spearmint wino says...

Sometimes I work at Seacroft in Leeds and can get round the Leeds outer ring road pretty easy and even Thornbury roundabout but then everything grinds to a halt queuing at Dudley Hill! Other than the M1 and M62 and M606 I would be interested to know want the alternative route is that is mentioned?
Sometimes I work at Seacroft in Leeds and can get round the Leeds outer ring road pretty easy and even Thornbury roundabout but then everything grinds to a halt queuing at Dudley Hill! Other than the M1 and M62 and M606 I would be interested to know want the alternative route is that is mentioned? spearmint wino
  • Score: 6

8:45pm Wed 30 Jul 14

albioff says...

i guess it is that good old bradford policy of "if it moves, stop it and when it stops book it for parking"

i always used to say that the best view of bradford is from your rear view mirror as it gets smaller.
i guess it is that good old bradford policy of "if it moves, stop it and when it stops book it for parking" i always used to say that the best view of bradford is from your rear view mirror as it gets smaller. albioff
  • Score: 4

9:40pm Wed 30 Jul 14

linebacker2 says...

albioff wrote:
i guess it is that good old bradford policy of "if it moves, stop it and when it stops book it for parking"

i always used to say that the best view of bradford is from your rear view mirror as it gets smaller.
So why are you still here then?
[quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: i guess it is that good old bradford policy of "if it moves, stop it and when it stops book it for parking" i always used to say that the best view of bradford is from your rear view mirror as it gets smaller.[/p][/quote]So why are you still here then? linebacker2
  • Score: 6

8:28am Thu 31 Jul 14

albioff says...

linebacker2 wrote:
albioff wrote:
i guess it is that good old bradford policy of "if it moves, stop it and when it stops book it for parking"

i always used to say that the best view of bradford is from your rear view mirror as it gets smaller.
So why are you still here then?
and what makes you think i am still here then?
[quote][p][bold]linebacker2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albioff[/bold] wrote: i guess it is that good old bradford policy of "if it moves, stop it and when it stops book it for parking" i always used to say that the best view of bradford is from your rear view mirror as it gets smaller.[/p][/quote]So why are you still here then?[/p][/quote]and what makes you think i am still here then? albioff
  • Score: -1

8:56am Thu 31 Jul 14

MontyLeMar says...

bluebluerobin wrote:
All this does is remind us that Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Repairs, that most other cities would take in their stride, bring Bradford to its knees.

Cllr. Green and his Labour Group might want to reflect why any aspiring business would want to set up in Bradford with its nightmare logistics. City Hall needs to stop talking and start investing in some much needed infrastructure. The Shipley eastern relief road would be a good start, especially now Cllr Slater wants to build a small city at Bolton Woods.
An underground metro system maybe? If it's good enough for Newcastle then we should have it as well.
[quote][p][bold]bluebluerobin[/bold] wrote: All this does is remind us that Bradford has some of the most congested roads in Europe. Repairs, that most other cities would take in their stride, bring Bradford to its knees. Cllr. Green and his Labour Group might want to reflect why any aspiring business would want to set up in Bradford with its nightmare logistics. City Hall needs to stop talking and start investing in some much needed infrastructure. The Shipley eastern relief road would be a good start, especially now Cllr Slater wants to build a small city at Bolton Woods.[/p][/quote]An underground metro system maybe? If it's good enough for Newcastle then we should have it as well. MontyLeMar
  • Score: 4

10:12am Thu 31 Jul 14

Apollo says...

Don't forget the roadworks on the main A647 at Sandbeds in Queensbury which have gone on for months with 'temporary' lights.

The wall repair has taken longer than the Romans took to get a wall all the way across Northern England.

Having said that the contractors only seem to work a 4 day week with Fridays being part of the weekend.
Don't forget the roadworks on the main A647 at Sandbeds in Queensbury which have gone on for months with 'temporary' lights. The wall repair has taken longer than the Romans took to get a wall all the way across Northern England. Having said that the contractors only seem to work a 4 day week with Fridays being part of the weekend. Apollo
  • Score: 1

11:34am Thu 31 Jul 14

bradvilla says...

I see both councils in Bradford and Leeds are very apologetic (not) for the disruption.
I see both councils in Bradford and Leeds are very apologetic (not) for the disruption. bradvilla
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Thu 31 Jul 14

yezboss says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Leeds City Council said the work at Thornbury was vital.


Why is Leeds Council responsible for an area in Bradford ??
Thornbury Barracks is in Leeds
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]Leeds City Council said the work at Thornbury was vital. [/quote] Why is Leeds Council responsible for an area in Bradford ??[/p][/quote]Thornbury Barracks is in Leeds yezboss
  • Score: 0

5:17pm Thu 31 Jul 14

yezboss says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
Leeds City Council said the work at Thornbury was vital.


Why is Leeds Council responsible for an area in Bradford ??
Thornbury Barracks is in Leeds
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]Leeds City Council said the work at Thornbury was vital. [/quote] Why is Leeds Council responsible for an area in Bradford ??[/p][/quote]Thornbury Barracks is in Leeds yezboss
  • Score: 0

5:18pm Thu 31 Jul 14

yezboss says...

yezboss wrote:
Robin of Loxley wrote:
Leeds City Council said the work at Thornbury was vital.


Why is Leeds Council responsible for an area in Bradford ??
Thornbury Barracks is in Leeds
Soooory answered
[quote][p][bold]yezboss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote]Leeds City Council said the work at Thornbury was vital. [/quote] Why is Leeds Council responsible for an area in Bradford ??[/p][/quote]Thornbury Barracks is in Leeds[/p][/quote]Soooory answered yezboss
  • Score: 0

5:37pm Thu 31 Jul 14

stevion12 says...

traffic is bad with the road works at shipley spent 45mins stuck in traffic yesterday coming from otley direction ends up backing up all the way too Esholt up hollings hill. and it's the same with the traffic at apperley bridge coming from greengates it's backing up past the swimming pool and way past even up to the roundabout where the coop is. and coming the otherway heading upto where sainsburys local is, it's that bad and thay say find alternate route, sadly there isn't one,. not a good thought out job really.
traffic is bad with the road works at shipley spent 45mins stuck in traffic yesterday coming from otley direction ends up backing up all the way too Esholt up hollings hill. and it's the same with the traffic at apperley bridge coming from greengates it's backing up past the swimming pool and way past even up to the roundabout where the coop is. and coming the otherway heading upto where sainsburys local is, it's that bad and thay say find alternate route, sadly there isn't one,. not a good thought out job really. stevion12
  • Score: 3

4:16pm Fri 1 Aug 14

yezboss says...

Seems there is a conspiracy to thwart inbound traffic from Guisely area to Bradford with these road works. (Hollings Hill and Apperley Lane) which numpty failed to co-ordinate this?
Seems there is a conspiracy to thwart inbound traffic from Guisely area to Bradford with these road works. (Hollings Hill and Apperley Lane) which numpty failed to co-ordinate this? yezboss
  • Score: 1

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