BRADFORD Interchange could remain closed for "several weeks" after damage was discovered on site, it has been revealed.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (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".

Contractors have now started work to establish the extent of the damage and what remedial works are required.

These surveys are expected to take some time - meaning the Interchange will not be able to reopen until it is safe.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Interchange has been closed The Interchange has been closed (Image: Newsquest)

Plans for a temporary bus station are being developed, WYCA confirmed, as well as ways to limit disruption during this time.

When will Bradford Interchange reopen?

A West Yorkshire Combined Authority spokesperson said: “As the organisation responsible, we took the decision to close Bradford Interchange bus station last week after some damage was discovered.

“Contractors today began work onsite to establish the extent of the damage and what remedial works are required before it can be safely reopened. It is anticipated that these surveys could take several weeks to complete and the bus station will remain closed throughout this period.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

“We are developing plans for a temporary bus station solution to limit disruption for passengers, operators and the city centre during this time. Bradford Council is supporting us with this to help minimise disruption to transformation work that is happening in the city centre.

“We have taken this precautionary measure because public safety is our top priority and we want to thank passengers and bus operators for their understanding.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning & Transport on Bradford Council, said: “The closure of the Interchange bus station is causing a huge amount of disruption in the city centre when we’re already undertaking major regeneration works.

"Our Highways staff have been working to support WYCA and minimise disruption but it’s imperative that we understand what has happened at the station and how quickly we can get it back up and running.”

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

What's open at Bradford Interchange?

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

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.