Bradford Shipley Route Improvement Scheme

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Phase 2A: A650 Manningham Lane Route


City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC), in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is developing the main roads between Bradford and Shipley and would like your feedback on the proposed improvements.


The roads in question are key transport routes northwards into and out of Bradford city, and providing access into Airedale, Wharfedale and beyond.


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Phase 2A Consultation

We are holding an interim consultation (Phase 2A) for the A650 Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road route to allow members of the public to help inform the developing detailed design. We would particularly like feedback on the proposals to:

  • improve walking and cycling facilities
  • reduce through traffic
  • improve air quality
  • reduce accidents
  • prevent unlawful parking
  • improve landscaping

The visual images and videos shown on this website are for illustrative purposes only to show general proposals of the scheme for consultation. It is likely that the details will change through further development of the scheme design.

There will be another opportunity for people to have their say in autumn 2020 (consultation phase 2B), when further plans for the full scheme will be shared, including the A6037 Canal Road / Valley Road route. Anyone who is unable to respond to phase 2A will have a further opportunity to provide feedback at this time.


We would like to invite you to provide feedback on our proposals for the A650 Manningham Lane Route via an online survey. Before you complete the survey, it is recommended that you view the plans for each of the following areas:


Booklet 1 A6038 Otley Road to Frizinghall Road


Booklet 2 Frizinghall Road to A6177 Queens Road


Booklet 3 A6177 Queens Road to A6181 Hamm Strasse


This survey will be open from 8 June until 5 July 2020.



Phase 1 Consultation Feedback

The first phase of consultation took place between December 2018 and February 2019 with the majority being in support of the scheme objectives and principles. Feedback received through that consultation has helped shape the current proposals.

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

The project went through the first stage of the Combined Authority approval process (known as the outline business case) in December 2019. A preferred scheme was identified and was approved by Bradford Council’s Executive in January 2020. Details of the phase 1 consultation proposals, including the responses and analysis report, can be found here.


The Proposal


Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road (video opens via YouTube)

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 (video opens via YouTube)

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)


Next steps

Following the consultation period, the survey results will be analysed, and your feedback will be considered. Feedback will help develop the proposals which will be presented in the next phase of consultation which is planned for autumn 2020 (Phase 2B).


Contact us

Via our Q&A tool: Submit your questions below

Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via telephone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline)

Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)


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




Phase 2A: A650 Manningham Lane Route


City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council (CBMDC), in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is developing the main roads between Bradford and Shipley and would like your feedback on the proposed improvements.


The roads in question are key transport routes northwards into and out of Bradford city, and providing access into Airedale, Wharfedale and beyond.


If you experience any technical difficulties with downloading documents on this page then please click here for further information on how to troubleshoot.
Alternatively, please contact us via email at yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk.


Phase 2A Consultation

We are holding an interim consultation (Phase 2A) for the A650 Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road route to allow members of the public to help inform the developing detailed design. We would particularly like feedback on the proposals to:

  • improve walking and cycling facilities
  • reduce through traffic
  • improve air quality
  • reduce accidents
  • prevent unlawful parking
  • improve landscaping

The visual images and videos shown on this website are for illustrative purposes only to show general proposals of the scheme for consultation. It is likely that the details will change through further development of the scheme design.

There will be another opportunity for people to have their say in autumn 2020 (consultation phase 2B), when further plans for the full scheme will be shared, including the A6037 Canal Road / Valley Road route. Anyone who is unable to respond to phase 2A will have a further opportunity to provide feedback at this time.


We would like to invite you to provide feedback on our proposals for the A650 Manningham Lane Route via an online survey. Before you complete the survey, it is recommended that you view the plans for each of the following areas:


Booklet 1 A6038 Otley Road to Frizinghall Road


Booklet 2 Frizinghall Road to A6177 Queens Road


Booklet 3 A6177 Queens Road to A6181 Hamm Strasse


This survey will be open from 8 June until 5 July 2020.



Phase 1 Consultation Feedback

The first phase of consultation took place between December 2018 and February 2019 with the majority being in support of the scheme objectives and principles. Feedback received through that consultation has helped shape the current proposals.

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

The project went through the first stage of the Combined Authority approval process (known as the outline business case) in December 2019. A preferred scheme was identified and was approved by Bradford Council’s Executive in January 2020. Details of the phase 1 consultation proposals, including the responses and analysis report, can be found here.


The Proposal


Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road (video opens via YouTube)

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 (video opens via YouTube)

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)


Next steps

Following the consultation period, the survey results will be analysed, and your feedback will be considered. Feedback will help develop the proposals which will be presented in the next phase of consultation which is planned for autumn 2020 (Phase 2B).


Contact us

Via our Q&A tool: Submit your questions below

Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via telephone: 0113 245 7676 (Metroline)

Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)


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



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    Although I can see that visually the Manningham lane corridor will be improved greatly by this project. I feel that the money would be far better spent on a tunnel through to the M606 from the Bingley bypass. It would remove all the traffic that is just passing through the city on its way to other destinations. Not just from Manningham lane & Canal road but Whetley hill & Thornton road. I know the cost will likely be greater but surely it would be money well spent? Even if you could afford to do it in stages surely the outcome would be better for the whole of the district?

    Bingley asked 18 days ago

    We appreciate your comment that visually the A650 Manningham Lane Route will be greatly improved by the project.

    With regards to funding other projects, the funding is location and project specific and unfortunately cannot be reallocated to other projects.

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    Why not spend the money on rest of the roads in and around bradford and not just a quick surface dressing so my car gets chipped even more I'm sick of replacing springs and shocks on the car they are a mess

    Mark newell asked 24 days ago

    The funding is location and project specific and unfortunately cannot be reallocated to other projects.

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    What specific measures will be included in the plans to ensure improved access for people with mobility difficulties and other disabilities? eg Will there be raised platforms at road junctions?

    Boz Borowy asked 24 days ago

    The A650 Manningham Lane Route proposals include new raised signalised crossings, and improved signal timings at junctions.

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    The plans indicate 4 lanes of traffic on Otley Road to one lane on Bradford Road through Shipley. How is this going to reduce air pollution when increased traffic will be forced along this route and no alleviation of this bottleneck?

    Nathaniel asked 24 days ago

    Bradford is preparing an air quality plan which will protect and enhance the health of everyone who lives, works or spends time in the district including the Bradford Shipley Route area. Those details can be found on the following website: www.bradford.gov.uk/breathe-better-bradford/breathe-better-bradford (External link).

    We anticipate that this Bradford Shipley Route Improvement scheme will help improve air quality in the area by encouraging more people to travel sustainably, by bus, bike or by foot, instead of by car. Bradford Councils Air Pollution Team is gathering data on current air quality, and after further detailed modelling work we will be able to confirm what the overall air quality improvements from this scheme will be.

    Further details for Canal Road and Otley Road will be shared in the Phase 2B Consultation (Autumn 2020).

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    I thought the government wanted people to use bikes more. Why then go to all this expense for cars to continually go into urban town! Creating air pollution etc dust! And all the dust and dirt while the mammoth task is performing! As people with asthma and I know there's a nursing care home there! It's not going to be comfortable for anyone living on that route. I clean houses so notice when work is done outside it come inside the house! Windows left open to get air in in summer will let all dust in. Ridiculous idea in such a built up area. Obviously by planners who don't live there and consents from people who have a vested interest!

    Carole asked 24 days ago

    To encourage cycling the a two-way segregated cycleway is proposed along the length of the A650 Manningham Lane Route with connectivity into the existing cycling network.

    Bradford is preparing an air quality plan which will protect and enhance the health of everyone who lives, works or spends time in the district including the Bradford Shipley Route area. Those details can be found on the following website: www.bradford.gov.uk/breathe-better-bradford/breathe-better-bradford (External link).

    We anticipate that this Bradford Shipley Route Improvement scheme will help improve air quality in the area by encouraging more people to travel sustainably, by bus, bike or by foot, instead of by car. Bradford Councils Air Pollution Team is gathering data on current air quality, and after further detailed modelling work we will be able to confirm what the overall air quality improvements from this scheme will be.

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    How wide will the two way cycle lanes be?

    AS asked 25 days ago

    The two-way cycleway will typically be between 2.5m and 3m wide depending on location.

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    How is closing side streets on to Manningham lane going to allow local traffic to benefit from the new, quieter route? Will it not be forced on to the new, doubly busy Canal Road, so the locals will not benefit? Would it not be better to encourage local traffic to use Manningham lane, and close off the side streets leading on to the four lane Canal Road instead to aid traffic flow?

    Dptaylor asked 26 days ago

    The proposals along the A650 Manningham Lane route to close some side roads and change others to “One Way” provides multiple benefits whilst maintaining access and cross-connectivity from the West of the A650 Manningham Lane Route and East of the A6037 Canal Road route. Benefits such as:

    • Improving road safety by reducing turning movement conflicts from vehicles (this is the main issue for the high amount of accidents along this route) 

    • Provides better access for pedestrians and cyclists due to having less side roads to cross 

    • Allows more space on the side roads that may allow for additional parking 

    • Reduces rat-running along the side roads.

    All side roads along the A6037 Canal Road and A6038 Otley Road have also been reviewed and those proposals will be presented at the next Consultation (Phase 2B) expected in autumn 2020.

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    How do you think having single lane traffic will ease congestion on Manningham Lane given that bus stops will block traffic creating more pollution ? This is going to be yet another reason to avoid Bradford from the Aire valley and go to Leeds. Canal Road already needs an increase in capacity without the alteration of Manningham lane, It will never cope with this extra requirement . There looks to be a safety issue of access across the cycle lanes eg Cliffe Vale Road beign set back fro the access point. Not everyone wants to cycle for many reasons 1physical ability 2 shopping loads 3 kids 4 office workers may require transport from office within working day 5 Weather 6 topography. Please do not think that by making harder to drive people will cycle and hence under estimate the road capacity required.

    BC asked 26 days ago

    The A650 Manningham Lane Route is intended to work in tandem with A6037 Canal Road Route. The reductions in capacity along the A650 Manningham Lane Route are proposed to reallocate traffic onto the additional capacity which would be provided for A6037 Canal Road Route. We will be further developing the transport modelling during the detailed design to provide confidence that the proposals will act as intended. 

    The scheme is at very early stages of the detailed design and once completed will be subject to an independent Road Safety Audit to identify any potential road safety problems.

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    This is a very important project, that should allow everyone in the locality and surrounding areas, the opportunity to engage with this consultation, I believe during this current pandemic, isnt a suitable time to entsrtain this idea until we get back to some normailty.

    Wasim asked 26 days ago

    We appreciate your understanding that this is an important project. To help with the opportunity to engage with this consultation during the pandemic we have: adapted outreach methods to maximise the engagement during this time; and we will hold another fuller consultation (Phase 2B) during Autumn 2020.