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Phase 3 of essential clean water improvements in Bradford

Yorkshire Water’s £1 million major scheme to replace 1.5km of an ageing clean water pipe in Bradford will move to its third phase on Monday 23 July.

The work, which is being completed by their capital partners Morrison Utility Services, started at the end of May has involved installing a new pipe on Whetley Hill  and White Abbey Road with local traffic diversions in place for city bound traffic and bus services.

Teams have been working seven days a week between 8am and 8pm to ensure the work is completed as soon as possible and to minimise disruption the work.

The third phase will be in Westgate at its junction with City Road and White Abbey Road to Rawson Road near to the Johns Street multi-storey car park and is expected to take approximately 4 weeks to complete.

Again, it will be necessary to close Westgate to traffic travelling towards the city centre as far as Drewton Road. Diversions will be put in place along City Road to Sunbridge Road or alternatively Carlisle Road to Manningham Lane.

Traffic travelling from Lumb Lane towards the city centre will be diverted towards the City Road diversion as the road will be closed to city bound traffic at this junction.

Vehicles will still be able to use Westgate to travel out of the city centre.

Buses to the city centre will also be diverted during this phase for city bound travellers with buses using Lumb Lane, Bowland Street and Manningham Lane before re-joining their normal routes.

Temporary traffic lights will also be in place at Bowland Street junction with Manningham Lane to help deal with the additional traffic flows.

Services travelling out of Bradford city centre will not be affected.

Yorkshire Water Communications Advisor Mark Allsop said "The first and second phases have progressed well and we’re now ready to move to our next phase. We do appreciate that this has caused some disruption and inconvenience to local customers, businesses and commuters alike and so we’d like to thank everyone for bearing with us whilst we complete this essential piece of work. We’ve worked closely with Bradford Highways and local bus companies to try and minimise disruption at every stage of this scheme.

"Please be assured our teams will continue to work hard to keep disruption to a minimum and complete the work as quickly as possible. Local businesses are open as usual and we ask that you please continue to support them during this time."

Further information about the work can be found on the West Bradford Capital Scheme webpage.

Information about bus services can be obtained from Metro on 0113 348 1621 and their website

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