THESE images – including aerial shots captured by drone – show the changes that have been made with the new-look Hard Ings Road in Keighley.

The photos were supplied by Leeds-based contractor Howard Civil Engineering, which carried out the work on the £10.3 million improvement scheme.

As part of the project, the road was transformed into a dual carriageway and an additional lane was constructed at the Hard Ings roundabout.

Other measures included the remodelling of traffic islands and central reservations and the installation of new street lighting, pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, signage and a drainage system.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The new-look road from the Victoria Park endThe new-look road from the Victoria Park end

Howard Civil Engineering was awarded the contract, by Bradford Council, in February last year – with work starting three months later.

The improvements to the road, which was a notorious bottleneck, have been widely welcomed by community leaders and the general public.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “The improvements are aimed at easing congestion, increasing road capacity, enhancing safety for road users and boosting investment opportunities in the Keighley area.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The widened roadThe widened road

“I’m delighted that the scheme has been so well received by members of the public.”

Tony Kilbane, contract manager at Howard Civil Engineering, said: “It is fantastic to hear that the scheme has been so positively received by members of the community.

“It has been a very worthwhile project to be a part of and I am extremely happy that people are now able to use the stretch of road freely.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Victoria Park roundaboutThe Victoria Park roundabout

“We would like to thank the local community for its continued patience and co-operation throughout the duration of the works.”

Howard Civil Engineering added that it had also contributed over £6,000 in fundraising and donations and more than 160 volunteer hours to the community during the work.

Bradford Council said it would now monitor the results of the road changes.

Landscaping is due to be carried out next spring.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A view towards the Hard Ings roundaboutA view towards the Hard Ings roundabout