Work To Start On £10.3m Keighley Road Improvement Scheme

The main construction work is expected to take around 58 weeks to complete.

The £10.3m Hard Ings Road Improvement Scheme in Keighley, due to take 58 weeks to complete, starts next wee.

Funded through the £1bn West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, it is designed to reduce journey times and cut delays as well as improve air quality for road users and residents. Bradford Council say it will also allow greater control over the flow of traffic through this congested part of the town.

Work starts on Tuesday 7th May.

The scheme’s improvements include:

- widening the road to two lanes in each direction
- a new additional lane for traffic approaching the Beechcliffe roundabout on the A629, where new traffic lights will be installed
- improvements to the junction of Lawkholme Lane, which will include a new toucan crossing for pedestrians and cyclists, which will be co-ordinated with the new roundabout traffic lights
- the replacement of street lighting along Hard Ings Road with new more efficient LED lights
- replacement pavements incorporating a new, shared cycle lane
- improved access for allotment holders
- new landscaping
- installation of permanent digital 'Variable Message Signs' to improve the information available to drivers in the area
- slight modifications to the access to a number of businesses and the ambulance station. Measures will be in place throughout the construction work to ensure access isn’t compromised
62 new, ornamental, native trees, including maple, lime, holly, cherry and mountain ash trees have already been planted in and around Victoria Park.
Two permanent 'Variable Message Signs' are to be installed; these will also be used by the council and contractors to keep people up to date with the progress of the works.
The improvement works will take place using traffic management along Hard Ings Road. Workers will endeavour to maintain two lanes along the road but at times temporary traffic lights and road closures will be required to allow the works to be carried out safely.

The works will also require the closure of Lawkholme Lane which is likely to cause significant delays. Diversions will be in place and drivers are advised to leave extra time for journeys and think about alternatives

The main construction work is expected to take around 58 weeks to complete.

A Bradford Council spokesperson, said: “This scheme is designed to make improvements to air quality in the area and reduce journey times at this congested bottleneck for both residents and road users including motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

“We realise that this work will cause quite major disruption to those living and working in and travelling through the area, but the improvements are necessary and will be worth it.

“The whole scheme allows us to take the opportunity to make the road safer and enhance the quality of this stretch of road.”

When the preparatory work for the scheme got underway in January, Cllr Kim Groves Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said: “By reducing congestion in Keighley, this West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund scheme will increase opportunities for economic growth and job creation in the area.

“The scheme is forecast to result in a reduction in CO2 emissions of 6,673 tonnes and will deliver improved conditions and facilities for people walking and cycling, which will mean a positive impact on local health.”

Lucie Jones, Pre Contracts Manager at Howard Civil Engineering, said: “This is a complex scheme that has involved a great deal of planning. Delivering the works with the least amount of disruption to local businesses and residences is our priority.  We are looking forward to getting to know our all our neighbours over the next few weeks through our community liaison programme.

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