Construction of Steeton to Silsden bridge to start in January 2025

Monday, 1 August 2022 21:10

By Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter

Work on a pedestrian bridge across the A629 near Steeton and Silsden railway station is now expected to begin in 2025, almost a decade on from the project being proposed.

The news came as details on tens of millions of pounds worth of road and infrastructure schemes across West Yorkshire were revealed.

The Government’s £830 million City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement for the area is a result of the West Yorkshire devolution deal, and more details on what the money will be spent on have now been announced.

£200m will go towards the creation of a long-planned mass transit system that will link up cities and towns across the region.

The package includes the funding for some previously announced Bradford city centre schemes.

Works to pedestrianise Hall Ings, create a new entrance to Bradford Interchange and create a new park and ride in South Bradford are expected to start early next year. And the development of a new segregated cycle lane from the city centre down Thornton Road is expected to start this November. The four projects were first announced in 2020 as part of the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund.

The transport settlement announcement, made yesterday morning, also includes detail of a number of schemes to boost bus travel and cycling in Bradford. The Government funding also includes cash to improve bus and cycle corridors.

  • In Bradford a temporary cycle lane introduced on Wakefield Road at the start of the Covid pandemic will be “improved and made permanent”. New bus priority measures will also be introduced on the busy road. This work is expected to start in August 2024 and run until March 2027.
  • Bus route improvement schemes including new bus lanes, bus gates and junction modifications will be introduced at sites including Westgate, Drewton Road, Lumb Lane, Bolton Road and Leeds Road. The start date for this work is September 2024.
  • New bus priority measures and cycle lanes will be introduced on Kings Road and Canal Road from January 2026.
  • A repair scheme to fix defects on Bradford Interchange’s bus carriageway is scheduled to start next month.
  • A separate project to improve other bus stations in the district will begin in May.
  • Another long-planned scheme – for a bridge over the A629 to link Steeton and Silsden, is also included. It means the project, first proposed in 2016, has finally been given a start date – January 2025.
  • The cash will also fund West Yorkshire-wide schemes, such as a wider rollout of electric vehicle charging points.
  • From April 2024 “mobility hubs” that include bus stops, cycle hire, electric car charging points will be introduced across West Yorkshire.
  • And “demand responsive transport” – where people will be able to use their phone to request a bus to areas not well served by bus services – will roll out in January 2024.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “This programme of work builds on existing projects designed to upgrade the district’s transport network and tackle the climate crisis.

“Switching to more sustainable travel will improve air quality, people’s fitness levels and the quality of local environments.

“Moving to greener more active forms of transport also makes significant contributions towards becoming less reliant on fossil fuels and helps reduce the impacts of the cost of living crisis.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, added: “We are committed to making it easier for people to travel around the region, on foot, by bike and public transport, connecting people with job and training opportunities though accessible, attractive and cleaner transport.

“The £830 million investment will help us deliver a transformational programme of new infrastructure, let us take forward our plans for a new mass transit system and is a further step towards building a transport network that the people of West Yorkshire deserve.”

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