Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority are running a preliminary consultation on proposed changes to the A650 Manningham Lane as part of the Bradford Shipley Route Improvement Scheme.
Due to Covid 19 the consultation will be run online with more detailed events including the larger scheme taking place later in the year.
Opinions and views are sought on this consultation of the proposed improvements which can be viewed at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s website.
Traffic congestion is currently a major problem on the route especially during morning and evening peaks. This reduces air quality and hampers public transport reliability and the economic potential of the area and district.
The new designs propose a raft of measures to transform Manningham Lane to a more sustainable transport option.
The proposals feature new traffic calming measures, a 20mph zone, safer segregated cycle lanes, improved pedestrian crossings and camera parking enforcement to prevent illegal vehicles parking on the pavement.
More trees will be planted to make the area more attractive, naturally cooling and cleaning the air by trapping nitrogen and carbon dioxide.
Attractive leafy landscaped pockets have been designed along the road with new park benches, bins and bike stands.
The latest sustainable storm water drainage systems will be installed to reduce flooding, reduce water pollution and support biodiversity.
The combined highway improvements will support the building of new housing and business developments and open up long term development opportunities in the area particularly in Airedale and Wharfedale through removing transport constraints.
Due to its size and complexity, the Bradford Shipley Route Improvement Scheme will probably be introduced in phases with construction starting as early as 2022.
The scheme is expected be completed by 2025.