Bradford Shipley Travel Alliance has eighteen organisations and is growing

Shipley Town Council, Norwood Neighbourhood Association, Bradford and Shipley XR and Saltaire Women’s Institute are the latest to add their voices to the concerns on how the Bradford-Shipley traffic scheme is unfolding.

Please sign up as an individual and think whether your community organisation might also. You will get occasional newsletters and can add your views and weight to the consultation with Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The currently ambiguous aims of the road scheme mean a likely increase in urban traffic, encouraging extra travel by car at a time when all levels of government have declared a climate emergency that calls for less traffic. Safety issues including high air pollution levels in residential areas and especially around schools trouble us too. The BSTA will shortly be repeating its request for much more information about these aspects of the scheme, calling for guarantees of considerably less pollution than at present.

The organisations joining the Alliance so far are Shipley Veg on the Edge, Friends of the Earth Baildon & Shipley, Clean Air Bradford, St Paul’s Church, Shipley and Saltaire Living Streets, Saltaire Women’s Institute, Norwood Neighbourhood Association, XR Shipley & Bradford, Shipley Town Council, Shipley Ward and Shipley Constituency Labour Party, Green Party Shipley, Keighley and Shipley Liberal Democrats. All three Shipley councillors to Bradford District Council (Jenkins, Love and Warnes) support the Alliance. The Alliance is not affilated to any political party but welcomes wide support and involvement.

UPDATE AUGUST 2021

Additional organisations joined the Alliance to bring the total to 18: Friends of Northcliffe; Wycliffe Neighbourhood Association; Access for the Disabled Bradford; Bradford and Shipley Trades Union Council; Heaton Branch Labour Party.

The new Bradford Local Plan – how is it connected to this traffic scheme?

Bradford Council published its draft Local Plan for the whole district in early February. It divides the District up into area mini-plans, including for the ‘Canal Road Corridor’, ‘Shipley’, and ‘Bradford North-West’ which includes Manningham Lane and Keighley Road. Much of the public discussion will be about where new housing should be built, but the plan also covers transport and the environment.

The draft Local Plan says that Canal Road / Valley Road ‘would become a streamlined high capacity route’ (Section 5.6.15). Responses to the consultation are required by 24th March. BSTA will consider how to further our concerns about air quality and climate through this consultation.

You can read each section of the draft Local Plan at https://www.bradford.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy/bradford-district-local-plan. On that same page are invitations to Zoom consultations on the broad policies in the plan, including Transport, the Environment and Housing. They are all from 1st to 12th March, and you have to register.

Mayoral candidates ask for input to their manifestos

Express your views to candidates hoping to be elected as the new West Yorkshire Mayor on May 6th.  They will want your vote! The Mayor will have control over transport and environmental policy, managing what is now the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Tell them you want to support transport which is consistent with the urgency of the climate crisis.

Bob Buxton stands for The Yorkshire Party, bobbuxtonyorkshireparty@gmail.com. Facebook here.

Andrew Cooper stands for the Green Party, andrew.cooper@kirklees.gov.uk. Blogs here.

Stewart Golton stands for the Liberal Democrats. stewartgolton@live.com. Facebook here.

Tracy Brabin (Labour’s candidate) has specifically asked for your input here: https://tracybrabinmetromayor.laboursites.org/manifesto/, including on the environment and transport.

Matthew Robinson stands for the Conservative Party. matthew.robinson@leeds.gov.uk. Twitter here.

Other candidates may be available but have not been declared yet.

West Yorkshire climate campaigning groups are collaborating to put pressure on every candidate to strengthen their commitment to ensuring that the West Yorkshire Combined Authority treats the climate emergency seriously. It aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2038 with significant progress by 2030, but its implementation of the major changes needed is exceedingly hard to see so far.

Leeds Bradford Airport: close the gap between climate and transport policies.

It is difficult to credit the irresponsibility of the nine Leeds Councillors who approved an extension to flights at Leeds Bradford airport on 11th February. Five others voted against. The decision, if not overturned, goes against the government Climate Change Committee’s advice not to increase flights in the UK AND the West Yorkshire Combined Authority commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2038. Leeds City Council has not only signed up for this but has gone even further in aiming for net-zero by 2030.

It seems these nine were persuaded by businesses who painted a gloomy future for Yorkshire entrepreneurs without an expanded airport, and decided to vote instead for a gloomy future for everyone. As the Group for Action on Leeds Bradford Airport says, this is not the end of the story. Hopefully the idea of prosperity based on sustainability gets a better hold among businesses and councillors alike. Which word in ‘Climate emergency’ do they not understand?

The only remaining public consultation is delayed, now due in summer 2021

The Bradford-Shipley scheme has funding of £48m approved by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, for which Bradford Council is preparing a ‘Full Business Case’. It consulted in summer 2020 on its proposals for the A650 (Manningham Lane and Keighley Road up to the Branch).

Consultation on the rest of the scheme, the A6037 (Canal Road, Valley Road, and Otley Road in Shipley) was delayed from the Autumn to January and now until ‘the summer’. Apart from any legal proceedings about compulsory purchases or changes to highway rights of way, this will be the last formal approach from the Council to the communities affected, and will give detailed plans for that route which are expected to include dual carriageway throughout.

To read more about the plan and concerns that have been expressed, you may like to read Clean Air Bradford’s concerns here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/cleanairbradford), Shipley Labour Party’s comprehensive report on the scheme here (https://www.shipleylabour.org.uk/blog/2020/11/09/bradford-shipley-road-scheme/), and view the documents associated with the scheme here (https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/bradfordshipley).

What are the scheme’s aims?

The publicised aims of the Bradford-Shipley road scheme are to ‘green’ Manningham Lane, introduce a 20 mph speed limit there, add bicycle lanes to encourage a move from the car, move traffic to Canal Road and Valley Road, and reduce congestion.

However, the scheme’s original aim in 2012 was to create economic growth through inward investment, by increasing the capacity of the road system. This aim is still there, though relegated to appendices in more recent reports going to Councillors and public consultation. More traffic along Canal and Valley Roads will add further pressure to the existing bottleneck at Shipley, threatening to increase rather than decrease congestion and pushing up already extreme pollution levels recorded along the road. So, just what ARE the aims of this scheme?

The Bradford Shipley Travel Alliance will be repeating a request to West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Bradford Council to be explicit about the scheme’s aims, and to provide a Benefits Realisation Plan which is required but has not yet been seen.

The conflicting aims and lack of key evidence are identified in points j to s in https://www.shipleylabour.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2020/11/Shipley-CLP-road-scheme-report-approved-6-Nov-2020-Appendices.pdf.

Shipley Town Council joins the Alliance

The Alliance now has 9 members, the ninth being Shipley Town Council which has unanimously voted to join us. That’s not so surprising as the Town Council has already made known their serious concerns about the impact of a new road from Bradford to Shipley on air quality and safety in Shipley itself. Thank you, Councillors.

Shipley Town Council Planning and Regeneration Committee 9th February 2021: Agenda