BOSSES at Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) are refusing to be drawn on speculation over the roof at Bradford Interchange's bus station.

WYCA - which runs the site - announced last Thursday night that the bus station would shut "following some damage believed to be linked to recent extreme weather".

The authority said it had taken the "precautionary measure" because public safety is a "top priority".

A number of people - including staff outside Bradford Interchange - have told the Telegraph & Argus that they understand part of the ceiling has collapsed.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A large part of Bradford Interchange remains shutA large part of Bradford Interchange remains shut (Image: Newsquest)

The Telegraph & Argus asked WYCA if this was correct or not.

A spokesperson from WYCA responded this afternoon: "Bradford Interchange bus station will be closed until further notice, with services continuing to run from nearby streets.

"The closure will allow contractors to survey the damage and report back on next steps to ensure it is safe before reopening.

"We have taken this precautionary measure because public safety is our top priority and we thank people for their understanding.

"We will know more once the survey work has been fully completed and will not be commenting further on speculation until we know the facts."

As reported yesterday, the Telegraph & Argus has been contacted by a number of residents wanting to know exactly what damage has been caused to the bus station at Bradford Interchange and, at this stage, how long officials expect it to be closed. 

A number of people have also asked why this information has not yet been released nearly a week after it was shut. 

The Telegraph & Argus put these points to WYCA yesterday and asked for answers - but a WYCA spokesperson reiterated a statement similar to the one issued today.

A list of alternative bus stops during the station's closure can be found on the Telegraph & Argus website.

Train services have not been affected and that part of Bradford Interchange remains open.

The concourse below the bus station - which includes food company Greggs, coffee shop Java Joe, and WHSmith - is closed to the public.

Commenting on our website, Atomicandy said: "I think enough time has passed and WYCA should and in fact must give more details."

angry bradfordian added: "It doesn't seem right that a publicly-funded body is being so evasive when they are asked a fairly simple question."