Phase 1B: Bradford to Shipley Route Improvement Scheme

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City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC), in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority is planning to upgrade the main roads and surrounding areas between Bradford and Shipley. These are key transport routes northwards into and out of the city, forming a gateway into Airedale, Wharfedale and beyond.


Latest News and Updates
All updates on the progress and development of the scheme are available here.


The first phase of public consultation for the Bradford to Shipley Route Improvement Scheme took place from 14 December 2018 until 8 February 2019. A report has been produced that includes all the comments received during the consultation period.

The first Phase of the public consultation report can be downloaded here.

The Bradford to Shipley Improvement Scheme Phase 1 public consultation information page (14 December 2019 - 8 February 2019) can be viewed here (opens in a new page).

The Area

  • A650 Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road
  • A6037 Canal Road / Valley Road
  • A6038 Otley Road

The videos below show what the area could look like if the proposals are supported:

The following video highlights some of the current issues in the area:

The Proposal

Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road:

The plan is to make the A650 Bradford Road / Keighley Road / Manningham Lane into a high-quality green route with improvements for buses, pedestrians and cyclists.

Canal Road / Valley Road:

The plan is to improve Canal Road / Valley Road to increase capacity so that a lot of the non-local traffic can be taken off the A650. Improvements will also be made to road junctions to reduce queuing traffic.

Landscaping along both the routes would also be improved to make the environment more attractive.

Some initial preferred options can be viewed below:

Option 1 – Preferred Option ‘with’ new Valley Road Railway Bridge (opens in a new page)

Option 2 – Preferred Option ‘without’ new Valley Road Railway Bridge (opens in a new page)

Background information regarding the scheme can be found here (opens in a new page).

Bradford Council plan to carry out further public engagement in spring 2020 on some preferred options, based on the feedback received. Click here to view the ‘you said, we did’ document (opens in a new page).

Bradford Council has now successfully submitted an Outline Business Case (OBC) to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Full Business Case in now being developed as part of the process towards the next steps.

Due to the size and complexity of the proposed works the improvements will probably be introduced in phases, with some building work starting as early as autumn 2022. It is expected that all roadworks will be completed by 2025.

If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to sign-up on Your Voice to be kept informed of future activity.

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC), in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority is planning to upgrade the main roads and surrounding areas between Bradford and Shipley. These are key transport routes northwards into and out of the city, forming a gateway into Airedale, Wharfedale and beyond.


Latest News and Updates
All updates on the progress and development of the scheme are available here.


The first phase of public consultation for the Bradford to Shipley Route Improvement Scheme took place from 14 December 2018 until 8 February 2019. A report has been produced that includes all the comments received during the consultation period.

The first Phase of the public consultation report can be downloaded here.

The Bradford to Shipley Improvement Scheme Phase 1 public consultation information page (14 December 2019 - 8 February 2019) can be viewed here (opens in a new page).

The Area

  • A650 Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road
  • A6037 Canal Road / Valley Road
  • A6038 Otley Road

The videos below show what the area could look like if the proposals are supported:

The following video highlights some of the current issues in the area:

The Proposal

Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road:

The plan is to make the A650 Bradford Road / Keighley Road / Manningham Lane into a high-quality green route with improvements for buses, pedestrians and cyclists.

Canal Road / Valley Road:

The plan is to improve Canal Road / Valley Road to increase capacity so that a lot of the non-local traffic can be taken off the A650. Improvements will also be made to road junctions to reduce queuing traffic.

Landscaping along both the routes would also be improved to make the environment more attractive.

Some initial preferred options can be viewed below:

Option 1 – Preferred Option ‘with’ new Valley Road Railway Bridge (opens in a new page)

Option 2 – Preferred Option ‘without’ new Valley Road Railway Bridge (opens in a new page)

Background information regarding the scheme can be found here (opens in a new page).

Bradford Council plan to carry out further public engagement in spring 2020 on some preferred options, based on the feedback received. Click here to view the ‘you said, we did’ document (opens in a new page).

Bradford Council has now successfully submitted an Outline Business Case (OBC) to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Full Business Case in now being developed as part of the process towards the next steps.

Due to the size and complexity of the proposed works the improvements will probably be introduced in phases, with some building work starting as early as autumn 2022. It is expected that all roadworks will be completed by 2025.

If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to sign-up on Your Voice to be kept informed of future activity.