During an official visit to the Greengates Junction improvement works in Bradford East, Imran threw his full support behind the ‘long overdue’ works, having pushed the scheme with Bradford Council on the behalf of local people.
The Harrogate Road and New Line Junction Improvement Scheme at Greengates Junction recently began work in July 2020 following delays from earlier in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the work expected to continue into Autumn 2021. The scheme is funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal which is delivering £1 billion of investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Bradford and Leeds.
The planned improvements to the Greengates Junction will reduce congestion by increasing the capacity of the road network, encourage sustainable modes of transport by improving the provision for cyclists and pedestrians, and improve access to nearby transport hubs which will enhance connectivity and attract investment and development in the local area.
The improvements will also expand the amount of green space around the junction, with new trees planted in various locations around the scheme along with new grass verges, landscaping of the surrounding area, and installation of York stone paving to reflect the character of the area.
Speaking on the improvement works to Greengates Junction, Imran said:
“Greengates Junction is one of the busiest routes through Bradford and improvements to the junction to deliver benefits for motorists, pedestrians and residents has been something that I have long been pushing Bradford Council to deliver. They are long overdue so it is great to see that the work is now well and truly underway.
“In its current state, the junction is a danger to all those who use it, particularly parents and children crossing for the nearby Greengates Primary School, leading to endless complaints, and it was simply unable to handle the large flow of traffic that passes through it, creating long waiting times and traffic jams.
“However, these improvement works will update the junction’s infrastructure and boost its capacity to handle large flows of traffic, improve access and provision for cyclists and pedestrians, and expand the green space around the junction. They have my full support and I look forward to seeing them completed next year.”