Keighley Bus Station

Article dated Friday Jun 16, 2017 at 02:37 PM

A former emergency exit for vehicles at Keighley bus station has been opened up for buses to reduce journey times for passengers.

Instead of having to leave by the North Street exit, buses travelling south towards Bradford Road can now exit into Cooke Street, leading to Cavendish Street, cutting out two sets of traffic light delays.

Bus operator The Keighley Bus Company believes the new route could take up to five minutes off journey times during the busiest periods.

The faster exit is the result of a joint project between the bus company, Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The effect of the change will be monitored for six months to see whether the expected improvements are delivered.

The project complements other on-going minor traffic improvement works around the town centre and the alterations to the North and Cavendish Street junctions that are planned for construction later this year.

Coun Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “This is just one of the many incremental improvements to traffic flow for Keighley town centre which taken together we hope will make a significant difference in reducing traffic congestion in the long-term.

“Not only is this good news for travellers it is also good for economic activity and improving air quality by reducing harmful vehicle emissions.

“It is a great example of working together with our partners in the private sector and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.”

Alex Hornby, Chief Executive Officer at Transdev, owner of The Keighley Bus Company, said: “It makes perfect sense for us to continue our constructive dialogue with our colleagues in the local authorities by addressing our customers’ number one demand of punctuality and deliver traffic flow improvements which will bring all round benefits to the economy of Keighley.

“This will allow us to speed up journey times, which is good news for our team, our customers and those who visit, live and work in the town.”

A West Yorkshire Combined Authority spokesperson said: "The West Yorkshire Combined Authority was approached by Keighley Bus Company to facilitate the opening of the Cooke Street entrance to help improve journey times for services operating towards Bradford Road from Keighley Bus Station.

“We are pleased that the work has been completed and that a number of buses are now operating out of the Cooke Street exit.”

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