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Work begins on Bradford's Broadway shopping centre

After five years of controversy, work on Bradford's Broadway shopping centre is finally getting underway.

The developers say 4,000 retail and construction jobs will be created and civic leaders described today as one of the most important days in Bradford's recent history.

They say it also marks the beginning of what they hope will be the revival of the city's struggling retail sector. David Hirst reports.

Work starts on long-awaited shopping centre

Work starts on Bradford's new Broadway shopping centre Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Work has started today on the new £260 million Broadway shopping centre in Bradford. It will create around 4000 jobs in retail and construction. The new centre, in the heart of Bradford, will contain 70 shops and restaurants, and is expected to open in time for Christmas 2015.

The scheme has already won praise from the Prime Minister David Cameron.