Lend a hand in our publicity and actions

We are turning our attention to new priorities for the coming weeks, and will welcome your involvement. Please join us at the Tambourine café on Gordon Terrace (BD18 4RU) at 7pm Wed 16th March.

Our priorities are:

  • Campaign for a consultation on a new Outline Business Case for the Bradford-Shipley Scheme. Contact the councillors along the route and on West Yorkshire committees to press the case for new consultation.
  • Set in motion our project to increase our reach to Frizinghall and Manningham, and to low-income groups in Shipley. We will talk to key people and organisations, in preparation for summer door-knocking and autumn events.
  • Press and publicity engagement. Make more of an online splash, engage the press with our proposals, and produce further factsheets including on health.

If you cannot make it to this meeting let us know you want to lend a hand by emailing Ludi at admin@bsta.org.uk.

Three new reports on transport

In February these reports added to the case for a better approach to make travel easier and healthier:

Create Streets has published Computer Says Road, challenging the unhelpful fixation on roads in what it calls the crude urban planning process. Support for the report was reported here.

DeCarbon8 issued its Policy Briefing: Everything Counts: Why transport infrastructure emissions matter for decision makers.

Rail Business Daily reports on a study of 37 European cities, in which Birmingham, London and Manchester emerge as the worst three in terms of affordability. And they are far ahead of Wet Yorkshire.

We are meeting next Thursday 10th February, 7pm at Tambourine Café

Come and help us make change. The more of us there are the more powerful our voice is. We would love you to join us to help with events and speak to communities. It’s never easy to get people in power to change their course but it happens when enough people say that is the only way to go.

Come and help us make our events work as well as they can, and plan to talk to people right along the valley between Bradford and Shipley. We have been successful in getting funding from the Wainwright Trust and the Lottery Fund for these crucial activities. Help us make the most of it!

Please be COVID aware. Don’t come if you have any symptoms; take a lateral flow test and only come if it is negative; wear a mask when moving about inside

Lobbying Councillors – or “the time for action is now”: can you do this now please?

Our current objective is to raise awareness amongst Bradford District councillors of reasons (air quality and public health, environment and climate change) to oppose the plans to turn Valley Road/Canal Road into dual carriageway. We want to make clear to the council that there is widespread and growing opposition to this plan.

We are asking concerned residents to pose any of the following questions to their councillors.  You can find your councillor and their contact details here: Councillors. If you live in Shipley itself, all our councillors are already supporting us, so please write to Bradford council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe who is also in charge of West Yorkshire transport, or to Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw who has responsibility in Bradford for transport. Please let us know when you get a response.

·         Health and breathing

Dear Councillor

I am aware of plans by Bradford Council to develop Canal Road/Valley Road into dual carriageway between Bradford and Shipley.  As this will create extra traffic I am worried about a further reduction in air quality as a result and particularly its effect on children’s health – one example is Shipley C of E primary school at the junction of Otley Road and Canal Road.  Could you please ask in Council how this road development plan is expected to impact on air quality along the length of the road?

 ·         Induced traffic – additional traffic resulting from road development

Dear Councillor

I am aware of plans by Bradford Council to develop Canal Road/Valley Road into dual carriageway between Bradford and Shipley and understand that new or developed roads create traffic https://bettertransport.org.uk/roads-nowhere/induced-traffic. I am concerned that more traffic means more air pollution, poorer health and increased traffic congestion.  Could you please ask in Council why we are not making plans to reduce traffic instead of increase it?

·         Council’s climate commitments not being met

Dear Councillor

I am aware of plans by Bradford Council to develop Canal Road/Valley Road into dual carriageway between Bradford and Shipley. I also note that it is three years since Bradford Council announced a climate emergency, yet they are still proposing road development schemes that will contribute to increased vehicle journeys and so increased CO2 emissions. The council are not taking their commitments to reduce emissions seriously. Could you please request in Council that such schemes be dropped immediately.

 ·         Introducing weight limits to reduce heavy goods traffic

Dear Councillor

I am aware of plans by Bradford Council to develop Canal Road/Valley Road into dual carriageway between Bradford and Shipley. We already have a problem along the length of Canal Road and onward through Shipley and Saltaire with large heavy goods vehicles making a ‘short cut’ between M62 and M6 lake district.  A dual carriageway will only increase the number of such vehicles. Could you please request in Council that these road development plans are abandoned and instead weight limits are imposed on Canal Road, Valley Road, Manningham Lane and through Shipley (exceptions could be made for local hauliers).

 ·         National objections to road development

Dear Councillor

I am aware of plans by Bradford Council to develop Canal Road/Valley Road into dual carriageway between Bradford and Shipley. Around the country increasing numbers of road development plans are being opposed by local communities because they increase traffic and emissions which damage the environment and pollution which damages health. Governments in Wales and Scotland have called a halt to road development for these same reasons. Could you please request in Council that the Canal Road scheme be replaced with measures that will reduce rather than increase traffic immediately.

Major local conference on health, climate and transport

Shipley Town Council and BSTA are to organise a conference on health, climate and transport. Scheduled for Spring next year, we will invite Council and Transport planners, residents and community activists.

Shipley Town Council held the first of their Community Assemblies on climate on 13th November. Over 60 people filled the Kirkgate Centre with discussion about the strengths of Shipley and how it could be even better. Reduced traffic pollution was noticeably on most people’s list for improvement.

Two good examples of traffic planning

Birmingham City Council has announced plans for an ambitious supersized Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN), spanning the entire area within the inner ring road. The plan would see the city centre split into zones, with roads closed off to traffic, preventing and discouraging short car journeys within it. The traffic restrictions will be combined with significant investment in public transport, pedestrianisation and protected cycleways. A workplace parking levy will be introduced to reduce commuting by car and to help fund the improvements.

The Welsh Government established an independent panel in the summer to review its roads programme. The panel chair was asked to fast track scrutiny of the Llanbedr Access Road and Bypass. She has now reported her findings and recommended that the road be scrapped which the Welsh Government has accepted. A package of alternative measures will now be developed to encourage modal shift, reduce CO2 emissions and reduce the negative impact of traffic on Llanbedr and other villages along the A496. We hope Grant Shapps and the DfT and WYCA are watching and learning.

Source: Transport Action Network

News and comment summer 2021: Links

17 September Bradford Climate Emergency Walk. Baildon (1.30) – Shipley (3.15) – Bradford Centenary Square (from 5pm). Route and further details.

13-17 September free zoom conference ‘Real zero in a hurry’, with many talks on decarbonising transport: https://decarbon8.org.uk/decarbon8-conference/

8 September: “An accessible, attractive, and cleaner alternative to car journeys”. Bradford Council consultation on four schemes in central, south and west Bradford, ends 8th September https://bradford.moderngov.co.uk/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?ID=345&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

“Is this new road OK? It’s only a bit more carbon…” Local authority carbon budgets needed for transport, by Greg Marsden.

The Transport Decarbonisation Puzzle. Comment by Glenn Lyons on the government’s July 2021 Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

From the Transport Action Network’s newsletter: The Government has committed to cutting carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, including international aviation and shipping, while failing to actually show how it will deliver such a radical target. This has led some to predict that there could be many more legal challenges over transport investment decisions.

Further links to government Transport Policy and decarbonisation, and commentary, here.

Come on the streets with active travel

Last weekend’s door-knocking in Shipley about active travel was very successful – many people were in and grateful for being pointed to the current consultation to stop rat-running and encourage walking and cycling. Around 60 signed up to keep in touch with Living Streets and with BSTA. Thanks for all who took part and especially Will’s organisation from Living Streets. We made good use of the new BSTA flyer.

To make the most of the consultation on Saltaire and Shipley which ends on 17th August, can you join us to do some door-knocking this coming weekend on Saturday 14th between 1 and 4 and Sunday 15th also between 1 and 4?

On Saturday we’ll meet in the car park on Saltaire Road/Exhibition Road, BD18 3JN. If you come later than 1pm then ring Ludi on 07747 565273 to find out where we are. The area Bradford Council are looking at includes Wycliffe so we’ll visit Park Street, Elliot Street and Wycliffe Road and Belmont Terrace which are used as short cuts for through traffic.

On Sunday we’ll knock on doors in Frizinghall. Although the consultation on the Active Travel Neighbourhood in Frizinghall is just finished, it will be good to raise awareness about the issues and begin to sign people up there who are concerned about car-dominance in travel. We’ll meet at 1pm at the top of Shipley Fields Road, BD18 3BL. Again, if you are later than 1pm, ring Ludi on 07747 565273 to find out where we are.

All welcome.

Thank you! If you haven’t commented on the Shipley Active Travel network you can do so here until 17th August: https://activetravelbradford.commonplace.is/proposals/have-your-say

Best wishes, Ludi