A650 road

A650 road is a main route through the West Yorkshire conurbation in England. The road goes from Keighley to Wakefield on a rough north west/south east axis for 25 miles (40 km).[1] The route is mostly single carriageway with some dualled sections in the Aire Valley, Bradford and the approach to Wakefield from the M1.

Two sections of the A650 are designated as part of the Governments High Load Route;[2] the section between Keighley and Saltaire and the section between the A58 on the Drighlington bypass and the Tingley roundabout.[3]

UK road A650

Route information
Length30 mi (40 km)
Major junctions
West endA629 road, Keighley
East endCounty Hall, Wakefield
Keighley, Bradford, Wakefield
Road network

Settlements on the route

Route description

The road begins at a roundabout with the A629 Skipton to Rotherham road in Keighley. The B6265 road (which was formerly the A629 until the bypass to Skipton was opened) also filters into the roundabout. The road heads south along the edge of Keighley town centre and is single carriageway[4] until it intersects with the A6035 spur road heading south through the town. The road then becomes dual carriageway and arrives very quickly at the next roundabout with local roads in the Aireworth suburb of Keighley.

Hereafter the road is travelling in a south easterly direction through the Aire Valley towards Bingley. The route here has blue measured mile signs so that drivers can test their vehicles and odometers.[5] The next roundabout is at Crossflatts before the road heads into Bingley and instead of bypassing the town, it goes through the very centre at the lowest point in the valley,[6] before intersecting with the old A650 route at the Bankfield roundabout in Cottingley.

The road carries on through Nab Wood (where the eastbound side has a bus lane) to emerge at the improved roundabout at Saltaire[7][8] and the junction with the A657. The road then carries on in a southerly direction through Saltaire village which merges seamlessly into Shipley town. Where the A6038 leaves the road at an acute angle of 45° to the east is known as "The Branch". The adjacent pub called The Branch was purchased by Bradford Council in 2018 to allow for its demolition in a £42 million scheme to improve the junction.[9] The A650 road continues into Bradford, again with a bus lane on the southbound side (IE towards Bradford).[10]

The road loses its Primary Route designation at the junction with A1677 (the outer ring road around Bradford) and then continues into Bradford and heads east at the junction with the A6181 and then south, where it meets the A6037 on a sharp 90° junction. It then functions as the inner ring road in Bradford, intersecting with the A658 and the A647 before leaving south eastwards with three lanes. It meets the A6177 again and regains its Primary Route designation but after the junction the route becomes single carriageway again.

At Tong cemetery, the A651 leaves to the right hand side and the road heads east before going south again on the Drighlington bypass section where it intersects with the A58. At Gildersome roundabout the road has a multiplex junction with the M62, M621 and the A62. The road loses its Primary Route designation and intersects with the A643 and the A6029 before arriving at another multiplex junction (Tingley roundabout) with the A653 and the M62 motorway.

The road continues eastwards with the A654 leaving to the left before it intersects with the M1 at junction 41. On the south side of the M1 the road reverts to dual carriageway towards Wakefield and it soon heads southwards where it intersects with the A61. The two roads run in tandem for 550 yards (500 m) before the A61 splits to the left. The A650 ends in Wakefield City Centre opposite the County Hall and adjacent to Wakefield College.


A650 road in Bingley looking south
The A650 Aire Valley Trunk road in Bingley looking south. The canal was moved to the left in 1992 to allow the new road to be built.

The A650 has had many improvements made to the road, including several bypasses. The Keighley to Crossflatts bypass section was opened in 1988[11] and the Crossflatts to Cottingley section (known as the Bingley Bypass) was opened in 2003.[12] The old course is now the B6265 road. The inner ring road in Bradford and Drighlington have been bypassed too.[13] The Drighlington bypass is built on the former trackbed of the Leeds, Bradford and Halifax Junction Railway line from Bradford to Wakefield via Morley[14] and opened to traffic in February 1991.[15] A section of the new road is built on what used to be a tip in the 1980s. The industrial waste was left under the new road and a revolutionary concrete composite was used to build on top of the tip. There are vents still to be seen at either side of the road to aid the removal of methane.[16][17]

Sections of the A650 between Tong and the M62/M621 junction cut across the historic battlefield site of Adwalton Moor.[18]


In 2007, it was noted that of the seven worst accident blackspots in Leeds, four were on the A650 - Gildersome and Tingley Roundabouts, the Gelderd Road roundabout junction with the M62/M621 and the roundabout junction with the M1 at East Ardsley.[19]

The section of road that goes through the Bradford Metropolitan District (Keighley to Birstall) was recently highlighted as being the worst road in the area for accidents. Between 2010 and 2014, 542 accidents occurred on this stretch of road alone.[20]


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  3. ^ "Heavy and High Routes" (PDF). HMG - Highways Agency. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
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  7. ^ "Stage 1 - Shipley Town Centre & Saltaire". www.bradford.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Improvements to Saltaire traffic blackspot still divide opinion". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  9. ^ McNamara, Felicity (25 May 2018). "Demolishing iconic old pub would be 'waste of time and money'". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Stage 3 - Canal Road Improvement and A650 Quality Bus Corridor". www.bradford.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Five Years After Study - Bingley Relief Road" (PDF). August 2009. p. vi. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Five Years After Study - Bingley Relief Road" (PDF). Highways Agency. August 2009. p. xi. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Construction Contracts (Hansard, 11 January 1993)". hansard.millbanksystems.com. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  14. ^ Webdale, David. "Lost Railways of West Yorkshire". Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  15. ^ Crawshaw, M D E (December 1993). "The Construction of Drighlington Bypass Through Methane". The Journal of the Institute of Highways and Transportation. Institute of Highways and Transportation: 11–14. ISSN 0265-6868.
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  17. ^ "Methane_is_23_times_more_potent_than_CO2". www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  18. ^ "English Heritage Battlefield Report: Adwalton Moor 1643" (PDF). historicengland.co.uk. 1995. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Shame of accident blackspot record". www.morleyobserver.co.uk. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  20. ^ Thomas, Rhys (9 November 2015). "REVEALED: The 20 most dangerous roads in Bradford district - see if you live near one of them". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 11 November 2015.

A650 may refer to:

Breda A650, a type of subway car

A650 road (Great Britain)

Belle Poule (A 650), a French naval schooner

Bundesautobahn 650, a German federal motorway

Battle of Adwalton Moor

The Battle of Adwalton Moor was a battle in the English Civil War on 30 June 1643.

Bierley, West Yorkshire

Bierley is a former township in the West Riding of Yorkshire whose name now mainly refers to a neighbourhood in the Tong ward of the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.

Brandy Carr

Brandy Carr is a hamlet in the City of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England, north of the eponymous Brandy Carr Hill and between Balne Beck in the west and Carr Gate Beck in the east. Brandy Carr was part of Kirkhamgate civil parish and is even now considered a part of Kirkhamgate as indicated by the road signage. The nearest settlements are Carr Gate in the north, Wrenthorpe in the southeast, and Kirkhamgate in the southwest. Rhubarb and liquorice are grown at Brandy Carr Nurseries, the latter since the reintroduction of its culture to Great Britain in the early 1990s by the business owner. There are no direct public transport links to Brandy Carr, the nearest bus stops are in Kirkhamgate (0.6 miles (1.0 km) west) for services to Wakefield, and at the junction of Brandy Carr Road with the A650 road (0.4 miles (0.6 km) east) for services to Bradford, Leeds, and Wakefield.

City of Bradford

The City of Bradford ( (listen)) is a local government district of West Yorkshire, England, with the status of a city and metropolitan borough. It is named after its largest settlement, Bradford, but covers a far larger area which includes the towns of Keighley, Shipley, Bingley, Ilkley, Haworth, Silsden and Denholme. Bradford has a population of 528,155, making it the fourth-most populous metropolitan district and the sixth-most populous local authority district in England. It forms part of the West Yorkshire Urban Area conurbation which in 2011 had a population of 1,777,934, and the city is part of the Leeds-Bradford Larger Urban Zone (LUZ), which, with a population of 2,393,300, is the fourth largest in the United Kingdom after London, Birmingham and Manchester.The city is situated on the edge of the Pennines, and is bounded to the east by the City of Leeds, the south east by the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees and the south west by the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale. The Pendle borough of Lancashire lies to the west, whilst the Craven and Harrogate boroughs of North Yorkshire lie to the north west and north east of the city. Bradford is the 4th largest metropolitan district in the country, and the contiguous urban area to the north which includes the towns of Shipley and Bingley is heavily populated. The spa town of Ilkley lies further north, whilst the town of Keighley lies to the west. Roughly two thirds of the district is rural, with an environment varying from moorlands in the north and west, to valleys and floodplains formed by the river systems that flow throughout the district. More than half of Bradford's land is green open space, stretching over part of the Airedale and Wharfedale Valleys, across the hills and the Pennine moorland between. The Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District are both in close proximity.The City of Bradford has architecture designated as being of special or historic importance, most of which were constructed with local stone, with 5,800 listed buildings and 59 conservation areas. The model village of Saltaire has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Central Bradford rose to prominence during the 19th century as an international centre of textile manufacture, particularly wool. The area's access to a supply of coal, iron ore and soft water facilitated the growth of Bradford's manufacturing base, which, as textile manufacture grew, led to an explosion in population and was a stimulus to civic investment. However, Bradford has faced similar challenges to the rest of the post-industrial area of northern England, including deindustrialisation, housing problems, and economic deprivation. Wool and textiles still play an important part in the city's economy, but today's fastest-growing sectors include information technology, financial services, digital industries, environmental technologies, cultural industries, tourism and retail headquarters and distribution. Bradford's reputation as a base for high technology, scientific and computer-based industries is growing, building on a long tradition of innovation, high skill levels and quality products.

Bradford has experienced significant levels of immigration throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In the 1840s Bradford's population was significantly increased by migrants from Ireland, particularly rural Mayo and Sligo, and by 1851 around 18,000 people of Irish origin resided in the town, representing around 10% of the population, the largest proportion in Yorkshire. Around the same time there was also an influx of German Jewish migrants to the town, and by 1910 around 1,500 people of German origin resided in the city.

In the 1950s there was large scale immigration from South Asia and to a lesser extent from Poland. Bradford has the second highest proportion in England and Wales outside London, in terms of population (behind Birmingham) and in percentage (behind Slough, Leicester, Luton and Blackburn with Darwen). An estimated 140,149 people of South Asian origin reside in the city, representing around 26.83% of the city's population. An estimated 352,317 of all White ethnic groups reside in the city which includes people of Polish and Irish origin, representing around 67.44% of the city's population.[6]


Crossflatts is a ribbon development in Airedale along the old route of the A650 road between Bingley and Keighley, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The opening of the Aire Valley Trunk road in 2004 has seen a reduction of 51% of traffic through the village.It is served by Crossflatts railway station on the Airedale Line connecting Skipton with Bradford and Leeds. This small village adjoins Bingley at the famous Five Rise Locks.

Crossflatts is home to a number of local businesses, including The Royal Hotel (pub), Ryshworth Social Club, Crossflatts Cricket Club, Stuart Prices' butchers, as well as takeaway establishments, a chemist, a post office, a funeral parlour, a music shop and a church..

Crossflatts is also the home of UK Asset Resolution Ltd (UKAR), and Computershare, responsible for administering all remaining old NRAM and Bradford & Bingley mortgages in the UK.

East Ardsley

East Ardsley is a village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, in West Yorkshire, England.


Keighley ( (listen) KEETH-lee) is a town and civil parish within the City of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, 11 miles (18 km) north-west of Bradford, 11 miles (18 km) south of Ilkley, 13 miles (21 km), north of Halifax, 12 miles (19 km) south-east of Skipton, and 20 miles (32 km) north-west of Leeds at the confluence of the rivers Aire and Worth.Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Keighley lies between Airedale and Keighley Moors. The town is the terminus of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a heritage steam branch line which has been restored and runs through the Worth Valley to Oxenhope via Oakworth and Haworth. At the 2011 census, Keighley had a population of 56,348.

Leeds, Bradford and Halifax Junction Railway

The Leeds, Bradford and Halifax Junction Railway (or LB&HJR), was a railway line promoted by the company of the same name that ran between Bradford and Leeds and then latterly between Bradford and Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England. The enterprise opened to traffic in stages between 1854 and 1857. It was operated from the start by the Great Northern Railway (GNR), who, after two years of operation, subsumed the LB&HJR into the GNR.

Most of the Great Northern lines in the former West Riding of Yorkshire were axed progressively during the 1950s and 60s. The only lines left are the Doncaster to Leeds line (which functions as part of the East Coast Main Line) and the Leeds to Bradford line via Bramley.

List of crossings of the River Aire

This is a list of current bridges and other crossings of the River Aire and are listed from source downstream to the river's mouth.

River Aire

The River Aire is a major river in Yorkshire, England, 148 kilometres (92 mi) in length. The Handbook for Leeds and Airedale (1890) notes that the distance from Malham to Howden is 58 miles (93 km) direct, but the river's meanderings extend that to 90 miles (140 km). Between Malham Tarn and Airmyn, the river drops 400 metres (1,300 ft). Part of the river below Leeds is canalised, and is known as the Aire and Calder Navigation.

River Worth

The River Worth is a river in West Yorkshire, England. It flows from minor tributaries on the moors above Watersheddles Reservoir down the Worth Valley to Haworth, where it is joined by Bridgehouse Beck which flows from Oxenhope. The River Worth is itself a tributary of the River Aire, which it joins at the end of the Worth Valley in Keighley.

Tong (ward)

Tong (population 17,069 - 2001 UK census) is a ward within the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, West Yorkshire, England, named after Tong village which is its oldest settlement. The population at the 2011 Census was 20,608.

A roads in Zone 6 of the Great Britain road numbering scheme

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