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Local bypass plan - road to emerge in Baker Street children's playground?
Important Meeting - Victoria Hall, Monday 24 September 2007 at 7.30 p.m.

What does our MP think of plans for a bypass through Saltaire? Come along and find out at an open meeting with MP Philip Davies on September 24th 2007 7.30pm at Victoria Hall.

Do you realise that, according to the plans on display in the Victoria Hall, the proposed route for the Saltaire bypass goes through a tunnel under Saltaire and comes out in what is now the Baker Street children's playground.

If you don't think this is a very good idea, please attend the meeting with our MP Philip Davies, this coming Monday 24 September at 7.30 in Victoria Hall - or at least write to him with your views.  More info below...

In June the Society held a public meeting to discuss plans for a bypass through Saltaire. Bradford Council is seeking government funding for a combined road and tunnel link that would run from the western edge of Saltaire through to the Canal Road area on the eastern side of Shipley town centre. It could be either single carriageway or dual carriageway, but officers are focusing mainly on a single carriageway option that would cost £139m (including the Shipley Eastern Relief Road and improvements to Canal Road). 

The council hopes to get the funding in time to start building the bypass in about eight years time. Over fifty people turned out to hear speakers including Councillor Kevin Warnes, Drs Andy Wilson and Chrissie Freeth and Tony Bosworth talk about issues from the impacts of the proposed route to why this isn’t a solution to our traffic problems. A full write up of the meeting can be found at The Society is now looking to take action on a number of fronts including raising the issue with UNESCO who are responsible for monitoring World Heritage Sites such as Saltaire, to letting you know what you can do to make your voice heard.

Five key concerns the Society has about the proposals are:

  • These proposals will adversely affect Saltaire as a World Heritage Site as well as undermine the quality of life for local residents: these proposals go against many of the Councils own policies from the Saltaire Management Plan to their own local transport policies.
  • You only have to look at Bingley – where traffic levels have increased - to see that bypasses aren’t a solution: currently around 40,000 vehicles drive through Saltaire every day. A single carriageway would only be designed to carry 10,000 vehicles a day leaving 30,000 of those still travelling through Saltaire.  As most peak period traffic in the area is short local trips many drivers will still use the old road for their local trips. Given that traffic levels are increasing year on year by 1-2%, by the time the bypass is built it’s likely that the number of vehicles accessing Saltaire will be nearly as high as it is today with a second road carrying 10,000 vehicles a day as well. So Saltaire could end up with two busy roads rather than one.
  • There is no guarantee that it will bring much needed regeneration into the area: the bypass is intended to make it easier for commercial traffic to access the Aire Valley – it’s all about economic regeneration, improving Bradford’s links with the rest of the district and providing easier access for vehicles originating beyond the district. These proposals could have an adverse impact on Saltaire as a place to live, work and visit.
  • We need long term sustainable solutions: whilst the Council maintain that these proposals are only at the concept stage, they are spending money on feasibility studies. Our money would be better spent on long-term sustainable solutions such as ambitious bus and rail services, cycle networks, car clubs and car-sharing schemes, traffic calming projects, 20 mph residential zones and safer routes to school, and by developing a properly resourced Council Travel Plan.
  • How is the Council going to involve us in these discussions? Lots of people aren’t aware of these proposals and for some it was a shock to find out about them through reading the local paper. Surely we have a right to be properly informed about these plans and ask for our views at the earliest stage possible?

What YOU can do is let key people know what YOU think of plans for a Saltaire bypass:

Let local MP Phillip Davies know what you think by

  • Emailing
  • Writing to him at the House of Commons London SW1A 0AA
  • Phoning him in the Constituency (01274 592248) or in Westminster (020 7219 8264).
  • Meeting him face to face at our public meeting on September 24th 2007 7.30pm at Victoria Hall.
Let Anne Hawksworth Bradford Council's Executive Member for Environment and Culture know what you think by:
  • Writing to her at the Leaders Office, Bradford Metropolitan Council, City Hall, Bradford, BD1 1HY
  • Emailing
  • Phoning her on 01274 43207900  
Let the local press know what you think by writing a letter to the T&A

Watch out for more information on ideas for action as well as sample letters on the web site.


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