CHANGES to the flow of traffic at a busy Bradford junction came into effect today (Friday February 23) as major road transformations in the centre continue.

The traffic priorities at the Croft Street Gyratory changed from 4pm.

The changes at the junction of Manchester Road and Croft Street mean traffic approaching on Croft Street (from Shipley Airedale Road) wanting to turn towards Jacobs Well can no longer make the immediate right turn (shown in red on the map) and instead will follow the new route using Senior Way (shown in green on the map).

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A map of the new road prioritiesA map of the new road priorities (Image: Bradford Council)

The traffic lights at the junction have been changed to allow traffic to flow at the junction and new road markings also have been introduced at the junction.

These latest changes are part of the work to improve junctions and crossings on roads, and to create a new public transport loop to improve bus service reliability around the periphery of the “city centre heart” which is nearing completion.

The bulk of work on the second, most substantial phase of work - to pedestrianise some city centre streets such as Hall Ings, and create new, green landscaped public spaces – is due to begin in the spring.

At this time, most of the bus routes using the city centre will change routing to use the new public transport loop.

Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working in partnership on this £43 million scheme, which is being delivered through the combined authority’s Transforming Cities Fund programme – funded by Government.

The council says: “The work is aimed at making it easier, safer and more pleasant for people to walk, cycle in the city centre.

“This is a capital grant transport fund, provided by the Department for Transport and cannot be used for other purposes, such as delivering day-to-day services or other projects.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, executive member for regeneration, planning and transport said: “Work on the transformation of the city centre is happening at pace and this latest change is just another step forward in the creation of new open traffic-free spaces making it safer, easier and more pleasant for people to get around the city centre on foot.

“I’d like to thank people for their patience while this work takes place.”