Hard Ings Road Improvement Scheme

Hard Ings Newsletter No 22

06 March 2020

Newsletter No 22. Week commencing Monday 9th March. Weeks 44 - 45.

(First published Friday 6th March)

Welcome to newsletter number 22 providing you with information regarding the Hard Ings Road Improvement scheme in Keighley.

Hard Ings Road completion date update - Autumn 2020

In January we advised our readers that the scheme had been hit by delays. 
Along with various other challenges in the project, the Public Utility diversions ( services e.g. water, gas, BT, power etc) required in order to widen the road turned out to be much more complex and involved than originally appreciated.
The Public Utility Diversions are now nearing completion and we are therefore in a position to update you with the revised anticipated end date.
Generally, all the main services required moving from beneath the existing footpath in Hard Ings Road into the new footpath or relaid deeper under the new carriageway.
It is only once these services are moved that we are able to commence excavating for the construction of the new widened section of the carriageway.
Unfortunately these works have caused extensive delays to the project and it is now not until Autumn 2020 that you will fully benefit from the completion of the widening works.
Once we have finished the widening of the carriageway on the Fibreline/United Carpets side of the road we have alterations (although far less extensive) to the other side of the road and the construction of the new central reservation and new traffic signal works to follow.
However, there is good news regarding the A629. The final surfacing layer to Beechcliffe Roundabout and A629 is booked for early April from which time the A629 will be returned to 2 lanes. We hope to change the current temporary traffic management phase to accommodate 2 lanes before this if street lighting and crash barrier works to the verge are completed in good time.
You will see a major improvement in the levels of congestion caused by the A629 works, both locally and in the wider area. We appreciate that this has caused a great deal of frustration to many of you. Thank you for bearing with us.

Progress, the past 2 weeks

A mini milestone has been reached this week with the surfacing of the widened sections of the A629 and the spur leaving Beechcliffe Roundabout onto Hard Ings Road.
The new street lighting columns have been installed to Beechcliffe Rounabout and the A629 ready to be powered up.
We've been installing the tactile paving slabs for the new pedestrians crossings. 
The large diameter drainage gang returned to site to recommence installing the 900mm diameter pipes in front of Texaco.

The next 2 weeks 

Replacement vehicle crash barrier and powering up the new street lighting columns on Beechcliffe Roundabout and the A629.
We will be progressing the drainage works in front of both Fibreline and Texaco.
Continuing the traffic signal ducts and chambers to the realigned central reservation to Hard Ings Road.
We hope to commence excavating for the widened carriageway from the B&Q roundabout end, towards the Ambulance Station.

Affected bus routes on Lawkholme Lane

The following diversions remain in place by the bus companies previously using the now closed Lawkholme Lane junction.
Hard Ings Road/Lawkholme Lane, Keighley - P23 Steeton Primary
Route P23 for Steeton Village Primary School will have an amended route. There will be no pick up on Lawkholme Lane.
AM: the bus will start at the bus stop on Skipton Road at East Avenue (08:22) then along Skipton Road to Devonshire Street and the usual route thereafter. Therefore the bus will not operate along Lawkholme Lane.
PM: as per the usual route from the school as far as the roundabout at Skipton Road/Hard Ings then continue along Skipton Road (16:10 at East Avenue) toward Devonshire Street and the usual route thereafter.
Those passengers who usually board or alight at the stops at the top of Lawkholme Lane near Hard Ings are advised to use the bus stop on Skipton Road at East Avenue.
This amendment will continue for the duration of the works at Hard Ings or until such time the turn restriction is lifted.
Details of all school bus diversions are also available at  
K17 Keighley Jets Service
The K17 service will have an amended route. It will not use Lawkholme Lane, beyond Bradford Street. It will also not use Royd Way and Royd Ings Avenue for the period of the Lawkholme Lane Closure.
A new stop will be in place near ASDA for the diverted route.
K17 Divert via Bradford Street, Brown Street, Bingley Street (Outbound temporary bus stop near ASDA), Bradford Road A6035 and Alston Road.
Details of all diversions are also available at https://www.wymetro.com/plan-a-journey/travel-news/bus-alerts/

 Your site contacts

There are several ways you can contact the site team to report faults, concerns or comment.
The following staff members are based on site full time
Bradford Council Project Manager - David Aspinall Email hardingsroad@bradford.gov.uk
Howard Civil Engineering Project Manager - Simon Doling 07793 244495
Howard Civil Engineering Site Supervisor - Mick Bottomley 07872 188654
Howard Civil Engineering Contracts Manager - Tony Kilbane 07394 567341
Visiting the site is
Howard Civil Engineering Liaison Officer/Newsletter editor - Lucie Jones 0113 249 8569
Or contact me, Lucie Jones on Hard.Ings@howardcivileng.co.uk



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