Flood damage repairs delayed by sewer work

Traffic cones and a road closed sign on one side of Vicar Lane
Part of Vicar Lane has been closed for more than a month after being damaged by flooding [BBC]

A section of Bradford's new public transport loop remains out of action more than a month after it was closed by flooding.

Vicar Lane was at the centre of the disruption on 6 May with parts of the newly-laid route closed to buses due to water damage.

The council said it had been waiting for Yorkshire Water to repair a combined sewer overflow chamber underneath the uphill section of the road which is cordoned off.

It remains closed with one of the main bus stops not in operation but work is now expected to get under way to reopen the section.

The newly-laid road surface buckling at the kerbside due to flooding
Flooding meant the newly-laid road surface buckled and lifted away from the kerbside [BBC]

A Bradford Council spokesperson said: “We have been waiting for Yorkshire Water to finalise repairs to a combined sewer overflow chamber on Vicar Lane before remedial works to the carriageway can be undertaken.

"It is our belief that these works are now completed and, as such, we shall be mobilising to carry out final carriageway repairs in the area in the near future.”

The heavy rain and subsequent flooding across part of the city centre was later described by the council as a "one in 150-year event".

The M606 motorway was also closed following the sudden downpour.

Additionally Killinghall Primary School had to shut a day later as a consequence of the flooding.

Bradford Council said its drainage systems had been "overwhelmed".

Bus users are advised to continue to visit the Metro website to get more detail of bus diversions until the repairs are complete.

The damaged section of road with some recent repairs around a drain cover
Bus passengers are having to use temporary stops elsewhere as a result of the wait for repairs [BBC]