HIGHWAY improvement works are on course to be completed on time on one of the main commuter routes into Bradford.

Works on the £1m roundabout project on Wakefield Road are going to plan and are expected to be complete this summer - thanks to hard work and careful management by Bradford Council and its contractors.

The subways have been filled in and will be replaced with two new pedestrian crossings during the project which is expected to reduce journey times, improve traffic flows, and make the road safer.

New kerbs and surfacing work is progressing as planned, and green landscaping including planting shrubs and 15 trees has started. Highly efficient LED street lighting will be installed shortly.

Wakefield Road will be closed from Dudley Hill roundabout through to the Bowling Back Lane roundabout from 7pm, Friday July 12 to 6am, Monday July 16, and 7pm, Friday July 19 to 6am, Monday July 22.

The authority has been talking to local residents, businesses and emergency services, and access will be coordinated during the closures.

Council officers have liaised with staff from local bus companies and alternative arrangements have been organised for services operating along the affected route. Clear diversion signs will redirect motorists during the works.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “This major project will deliver significant benefits including shorter journey times and better road safety.

“It will also make the area greener and more attractive and the new LEDs will improve the street lighting.

“We are pleased the project is progressing well. Well-designed highways have broader positive impacts including boosting housing development and economic growth, and enhancing people’s wellbeing.”