Two Train Stations
Especially for people who come from one of those countries where all the railway lines are in the hand of a state-owned enterprise, it is a bit strange to have separate train stations in one city that are not connected by any rail service at all. I guess it is not that strange for Britain, from where we had heard lots of bad news about the rail services, especially after the privatisation took place in the 90ies. Bradford has two rail stations, Bradford Interchange and Forster Square. Very confusingly, it is not possible to tell which one of them is the main one -- it all depends on where you want to go and where you are coming from. Only if you are going to Leeds, it doesn't really matter because Leeds is actually served from both stations. If you mess up your itinerary ending up at the wrong station, don't panic, they are less than a mile apart from each other. Bradford Interchange has the added plus of including the main bus depot, but better parking seems to be available at Forster Square, because there is a large mall with a 24-hour tesco closeby.
I went from Braddie Interchange to York and found wheelchair access not bad at all -- definitely comparable to what I experience in Germany and the Netherlands.
Bradford Interchange serves as the city's bus station and one of the city's railway stations. If you're travelling by public transport to Bradford this is where you arrive. Services from the bus stations serve Bradford's districts and there are services to and from other cities and towns in West and North Yorkshire.
The buses are serviced mainly by First Group, Arriva, Transdev Keighley and District, National Express companies but smaller companies also operate out of the station.
The trains are serviced mainly by Northern Rail and Grand Central Rail and there are services to and from other cities and towns in West and North Yorkshire and also to London.
Bradford Interchange has a Metro travel centre and a variety of facilities including toilets, newsagents, information help point and photo booths.
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Makes Your Life A Bit Easier
The Western parts of Bradford's city centre (Kirkgate/Westgate) involve taking on a steep hill when coming from Forster Square station. Good news is, there is an elevator making your life a lot easier! If I remember correctly, it gets you to Manor Row, pretty much saving you the steepest parts of the ascent.
662 The Shuttle (By Transdev in Keighley)
You can catch the bus, 662 The Shuttle, frequent, from Bradford and The Shuttle stops at Bradford's attractions including Lister Park and Cartwright Hall, Saltaire, Bingley's Five Rise Locks, East Riddlesden Hall and Keighley (for connections to Haworth, Pennine Country and Skipton).
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Classic Car Show
Every year the Bradford City council use Centurion Square, located in front of the Town Hall, for a number of shows, including local drama and dance clubs. But once a year owners and collectors of classic cars gather for a competion known as Bradford's Classic Cars.
Held for one weekend in August every year avid classic cars owners bring their vehicles (Bikes and other vehicles are also included) to show in the city centre, Some are often races around the controlled city centre to help judge which car is the best and most looked after or preserved.
It is normally held over a weekend and there is a small prize for the winner of the best car which is judged throughout the weekend and the winner is announced on sunday. There is also sometimes a theme to the car show, last years theme was movie cars and the original shaguar (Austin Powers Jag), the A*team van and a replica of Knightrider were on show and visitors were allowed to sit in the cars for a small charge.
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