Will you go to Transport Action Network‘s conference, and BSTA’s July meeting?

Transport Action Network has helped us and other road campaigns, and has its national conference in Birmingham on September 10th. Meet other transport campaigners and hear how some local authorities including the Welsh Government are reviewing their transport plans to reduce carbon. Do you want to go? BSTA may be able to help with costs if you will give a report. Let us know, and book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-traffic-reduction-and-climate-conference-tickets-321333817097

Bradford-Shipley Travel Alliance next meets at 7pm on Tuesday July 19th. Come and meet others involved and work together to beat the menace of more traffic and climate change. The venue is as usual Tambourine café (thanks Tom for coffee and small bites). Please put this in your diary and come if you can.

The Travel Alliance chair becomes a Bradford councillor

The Travel Alliance has been supported by all Shipley’s representatives on Bradford Council since we started, and by Shipley Town Council. Congratulations to our BSTA chair Anna Watson on becoming the latest Bradford Councillor for Shipley ward. Anna says she will be busy, and take our demands not only to the Council but also to WYCA where she will this year be a member of the Transport Scrutiny Committee.

Temporary job up to 50 hours, closing date 7th July

Street Space are looking for someone aged 18-25 to work up to 50 hours talking to residents and community organisations in Frizinghall and Owlet – either side of Canal Road. Please tell anyone you think might be interested, to apply here: https://www.wearestreetspace.org/were-hiring.

Street Space say:

“Between July and September 2022, Street Space are working alongside BSTA (Bradford-Shipley Travel Alliance) to engage local residents in Owlet and Frizinghall to understand how people travel around (and through) these neighbourhoods and work with people to generate ideas to reduce car traffic and make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle short journeys. 

This project is connected to BSTA’s campaign to oppose the widening of Canal Road and hopes to help Bradford Council develop locally rooted, well informed, sustainable alternatives to the current proposals.”

The work will be very helpful leading up to public meetings in those areas organised by BSTA. It is funded by our successful Lottery Community bid. Meanwhile we continue our own doorstep consultations, and we could always do with extra volunteers for that.

Why the silence on the road plans?

A reminder of the current situation with the Bradford-Shipley road scheme:

  • Bradford Council are working up revised options for the scheme that will be put out to public consultation in ‘early 2023’.
  • We have challenged Bradford Council to consult now on the revised option as an outline, before they do detailed planning work.
  • Despite writing to request this back in April we haven’t heard back from them. Why the silence?
  • At this stage we simply don’t know what the changes to the plans will be.

We will continue to push for early consultation to any changes to the scheme so that the public can have input into the plans as they are developed. If you use social media, please like our Facebook page and share the recent post there about the need for consultation now, before detailed work is done on new options for the scheme. If you could help us more regularly with social media (not a lot) please let us know.

Distributing our Health Factsheet

Our Health Factsheet is available online and we can give you printed copies to distribute to friends or any organisation you are involved in. Please let us know by emailing admin@bsta.org.uk.

On Clean Air Day June 16th, Born in Bradford drew attention to its new evidence on traffic pollution’s harm to children’s brain development. Professor John Wright said “The evidence of the toxic nature of the emissions coming out of our car exhausts has become overwhelming. These are invisible poisons that we churn out into our pure Yorkshire air every day – harming the lives of our children. Fifty years ago we thought that smoking was harmless, but high quality epidemiological evidence has lifted the scales from our eyes. We are in a similar position today with traffic-related air pollution – waking up to the immense harm that this is causing to our health and wellbeing.”

BSTA has recruited Merle Collett to contact GP surgeries. She will be inviting health staff to discuss with BSTA their experiences of respiratory diseases known to be worsened by traffic pollution.

BSTA in the headlines – consultation before development, not afterwards

In April, government Transport Minister Grant Shapps wrote to the West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin, on government funding for road schemes. He stated that: “Schemes should promote the use of active travel and public transport; not lead to overall increases in car use or car modal share; tackle traffic congestion; and improve air quality.”

BSTA has asked Bradford’s political leaders of all parties to give a clear pledge that the Canal Road scheme will not go ahead unless it delivers the positive changes demanded by the transport minister and backed up by many UK and international climate reports.

The T&A reports BSTA’s demand that consultation is needed on alternatives before current proposals are developed. In the Council’s response, they promise only consultation after the proposals have been developed. That is not good enough.

Air pollution in your street

Air quality is worse than the World Health Organisation’s danger boundary for more than 97% of UK homes. www.addresspollution.org is a newly launched website which tells you the air quality for any address in the UK. The score is based on estimated particulate matter (PM size 2.5 or 10) – the small particles that enter your lungs and blood stream causing a multitude of health problems – and Nitrogen Dioxide – the gas made by burning fossil fuels which also contributes to poor health. Children and the elderly are most at risk, but they affect us all.

We used the tool to investigate addresses along the Bradford-Shipley route. We found most schools and residential areas have levels of air pollution  more than double the World Health Organisation’s recommended limit.

Air quality in Bradford-ShipleyPostcodeHow bad in the UK: 0 (best) – 100 (worst)PM2.5 (WHO Limit 5mcg/m3)PM10 (WHO Limit 15mcg/m3)NO2 (WHO Limit 10 mcg/m3)
Shipley CE Primary SchoolBD18 2PT7611.2017.3024.08
Wycliffe PrimaryBD18 3HZ7810.8617.2126.46
Saltaire PrimaryBD18 4NR5710.3216.3119.85
St Warburgas PrimaryBD18 4RL5110.3616.1017.59
The Terrace Cafe BarBD18 4SB8411.0517.9129.10
Flat 100 Wycliffe Gardens (on Saltaire Road)BD18 3JB7410.8317.2423.43
18 Ashdown Court, Bradford RoadBD18 3PL9712.3921.5632.53
Salt Beer Factory SaltaireBD18 4DH7810.7917.3826.17
Coop Food Store SaltaireBD18 4SD7610.7517.2225.48
High Craggs PrimaryBD18 2ES6811.0716.9620.37
Frizinghall Primary SchoolBD9 4HP6711.0717.0819.70
Bradford Grammar SchoolBD9 4JP6410.9916.8619.12
Al Mu min SchoolBD8 7DA6811.111719.99
One in a Million Free SchoolBD8 7DX6811.1217.0220.23
Green Lane PrimaryBD8 8HT6711.021608720.07
203 Manningham LaneBD8 7HP8111.4817.8224.91
Consulate of PakistanBD1 4SJ9512.3719.9131.91

We are particularly concerned at the asthma rates in Bradford. Air pollution contributes to a third of Bradford’s childhood asthma, but it affects all ages.

The figures above are based on the measurements made by local authorities at specific monitoring points, and estimated for addresses between them by Imperial College London.


An image of heat

Can an image be more convincing than this? Reading University have plotted the temperature from 1900 to 2021 for each country of the world. The colours showing change from the average 20th century temperature in the country. There’s no doubt about it. It’s up to us and our representatives to bring the red back to blue. Click on the image for the full story.

BSTA meeting 12th May – join us

All are welcome at our monthly planning and action meetings, held at Tambourine Café on Bingley Road. The next is on Thursday 12th May at 7pm.

At this meeting we’ll be planning consultation and campaigning in Frizinghall and Manningham, and low income areas of Shipley.

The meeting after that is Wednesday 15th June at 7pm.

The Big Consultation: a big success

Our consultation on alternatives to ‘Shipley choked with traffic’ has given a great boost to solutions that make healthy ways of travel easier.

Held all day on 5th March 2022 at Shipley’s Kirkgate Community Centre, more than two hundred people came to cast their votes and make their comments on the Bradford-Shipley Travel Alliance (BSTA) proposals.

A full report gives the results of the consultation and more pictures. We will be giving voice to the views in coming weeks.

Thanks to all who took part and those who volunteered their time and energy to make the event such a success. It was jointly organised with Shipley Town Council.