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Councillors to discuss delays to Bradford's station upgrades

Artists' impression of the remodelled Bradford Interchange station Photo:

Transport bosses will meet later to discuss delays to the upgrade of Bradford's railway stations.

A £5.6 million refurbishment of Bradford Interchange is likely to be 13 months later than planned. Its projected completion date will therefore move back, from September 2020 to October 2021.

A report, published last week by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, blamed "a shortage of resources" for a nine-month delay in the submission of the required outline business case.

Planned improvements at Bradford Interchange include a new drop-off area, improved concourses, and better accessibility.

Separately, a £17.3 million upgrade of Forster Square Station is nine months behind schedule.

The refurbishment would include improved waiting rooms, new toilet facilities, and lifts to better connect the station to the city centre.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council's member for Regeneration, Planning, and Transport, insisted the project remained value for money.

“Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority are working together to deliver significant improvements to Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square stations.

“More than £22 million will be invested in these stations, which together serve more than 11m passengers a year, to improve access, upgrade facilities and provide a better experience for those living, working and visiting the city.

"On complex redevelopments of this size and scale, it is perfectly normal for local councils to use outside expertise and resources to help deliver them. Lots of work has already been undertaken since these projects were announced, including ensuring Bradford is on the map for Northern Powerhouse Rail.

“It is essential the impact and value for money from this substantial investment is maximised and the advice secured along with the revised timescales for these projects will help do that. Both projects are now moving forward at pace and we look forward to delivering them with our partners at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority."

– Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, member for Regeneration, Planning, and Transport, Bradford Council