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Tong Street A650 Highway Improvement
Updated December 2016
The A650 Tong Street is one of the most congested roads in Bradford with average traffic speeds between 9mph and 18mph during the morning/ evening peaks. On average 37,600 vehicles use the route each weekday. The capacity of the existing single carriageway and some of the junctions along Tong Street cannot accommodate the current volume of traffic. Congestion issues on the A650 result in higher journey times, poor air quality, and significant levels of through-traffic in adjacent residential areas, which is detrimental to safety for all road users and the quality of life for residents.
Tong Street is an important bus corridor with frequent services to Wakefield, Dewsbury and other areas in North Kirklees. Delays along Tong Street have a negative impact on these services resulting in delays and unreliable journeys which reduce bus patronage.
In addition to reduced congestion, reduced journey times and improved bus reliability; investment to the highway infrastructure can improve the walking and cycling network. Highway improvements to Tong Street would support economic and housing growth in south east Bradford as well as sites in neighbouring local authorities of Leeds (West Leeds) and Kirklees.
Highway improvements on the A650 Tong Street in Bradford, between Knowles Lane and Westgate Hill
To reduce congestion and improve bus reliability, to open up potential urban development sites
Estimated Completion Date
Autumn / Winter 2022
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