As regular users of the Canal Road Greenway will be aware, the northern end has now been truncated. A construction site for new homes to be built by Skipton Properties, is being established.
The route from that location to Carnegie Drive and on to Leeds Road (A657), was always a permissive path only, and the development of the site has long been expected; nevertheless, the diversionary notices at present (4th January) are totally inadequate, and the end of the greenway is very abrupt with a vague instruction to use Canal Road.
Access from the Greenway to and from Briggate and Crag Road has been blocked off too, since that is now the construction site main entrance.
John Dennis (Chair of the City Connect Advisory Group, Bradford District resident and champion of physical activity), has again been very helpful in using his key contacts and chasing things up. He is hoping to meet with senior road safety engineers early next week to discuss a temporary cycle route and associated signposting in the immediate future. Sustrans have been asked to give their input too. Wrapped up with this must also be some kind of long-term, permanent solution that will need to be brought about with what is hoped will eventually be a seamless traffic-free route linking up to the Aire Valley Towpath route, perhaps via a short tunnel.
Also now under construction and funded by City Connect, is the link between the southern end of the Canal Road Greenway and Bradford City Centre, which means that eventually, it will be possible to cycle all the way from the middle of Shipley to Bradford City centre, traffic-free.
A plan describing present intentions, is available here for your perusal.
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