Bus travel in Bradford: An autistic person’s guide

This blog post has been written by Luke Aylward, Autism AIM’s Information Officer.

As you may or may not have heard, the Bradford Interchange Bus Station is currently closed for repairs. This is due to damage caused by extreme weather and it’s likely that the Bus Station won’t be open until April at the earliest. Please note that the train station part of Bradford Interchange is still open.

A result of this closure is that many bus routes normally heading to Interchange are now stopping at different bus stops. Many of these are in different parts of the City Centre, which has made bus travel in Bradford more difficult.

Being autistic and still fairly new to Bradford, I am one of many who does a double take before realising the bus station is closed when going into and out of town. However, I have a few ideas for making bus travel simpler until the Interchange Bus Station reopens.

Info from Metro

Helpfully, West Yorkshire Metro have some information on their website about the closure and a list of where services will stop in Bradford City Centre. You can find the list here:

All the affected services are listed on the website and the PDF map.

Travel apps

Even though Bradford is served by several different bus operators – First, Arriva, Transdev and TLC all come to mind – travel apps from some of the operators can help you to navigate your way around the city. First’s app lists live departure times, as does the YourNextBus feature on Metro’s website.

Arriva, who run services between Bradford, Wakefield, the Spen Valley and Dewsbury, have an app of their own. Transdev, who run services that go from Bradford to Shipley, Bingley, Keighley and Saltaire, have launched their new Transdev Go app. There is also the Moovit app, as well as Google Maps, that show departure times. Here is a list of links to those apps and tools:

The apps all have journey planner features, as do online maps such as Google Maps, Bing Maps and Apple Maps.

Bus stop clusters

In Bradford City Centre, there are a few streets that have several bus stops near each other. These include:

  • Hall Ings (north and eastbound, near the City Hall) – this is where services going to Greengates, Eccleshill, Ravenscliffe, Five Lane Ends and Idle, as well as a few going to Shipley, stop.
  • Market Street (both directions) – on the left-hand side, services going to Five Lane Ends, Idle, Eccleshill, Greengates, Apperley Bridge, Shipley and Baildon stop. On the right, services going towards Wyke, Great Horton, Little Horton, West Bowling, Odsal, Wibsey and Buttershaw stop there.
  • Sunbridge Road (both directions) – on the left, services going northbound and westbound to Allerton, Manningham, Thornton, Heaton, Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley and Keighley stop there. On the right, services going southbound to Bierley, East Bowling and Holme Wood stop.
  • Broadway (westbound) – services from the two stops there go to Lidget Green, Scholemoor, Clayton, Girlington and Thornton.
  • Little Horton Lane (southbound/south-eastbound) – services from there go to Queensbury, Great Horton, Little Horton, Wibsey and Buttershaw, as well as Halifax.
  • Hall Ings (eastbound, in front of the Broadway Centre multistorey car park) – services from here go to Barkerend, Laisterdyke and Thornbury, then on to Leeds.
  • Hall Ings (southbound, near the Jacobs Well Pub) – services here go southbound to Wyke, Brighouse, Scholes, Odsal, West Bowling, Wibsey, Buttershaw, Shelf and Halifax.
  • Nelson Street (southbound) – this is being used by services until Bradford Interchange bus station reopens. Services from here go to Wyke, Oakenshaw, West Bowling, Euroway, Queensbury, Halifax, Brighouse, Cleckheaton and Dewsbury.

Safe journey cards

If you’re anxious about getting on a bus or need reassurance that you’re on the right one, some bus operators have free safe journey cards that you can show to the driver. These have a range of different messages, including ones about hidden disabilities like autism.

First Bus and Arriva both have these cards, that can be printed and cut out at home. Click on the links below to access them.


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