Driving economic growth - how we’re progressing on the A629 Salterhebble to Shaw Hill

9th May, 2018

Last month, Calderdale Councillors visited the work site at Salterhebble to take a look at the major transport investment project.

Councillor Tim Swift, Leader of the Council, and Councillor Barry Collins, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, visited the site at the A629 to see the progress made and to hear about what’s next.

Since our last update in March this year, we’ve seen progress on site and our highlights include the installation of new low energy LED street lights, the installation of catenary (hanging cable) signals, and, on a daily basis, we see the retaining wall grow!

In the coming months, focus will be upon completing construction of the living wall, completion of Dryclough junction remodelling and introducing links to the traffic signals to improve co-ordination and reduce travel delays.

Shorter and safer journeys

We started monitoring traffic flow in October 2017, two months into the work programme. From then to April 2018, we have seen an overall improvement to journey times by 23%, with inbound journeys improving by 28% and outbound journeys improving by 18%. Overall, these works will reduce car journey times from Huddersfield to Halifax by up to 30% and for buses by up to 50%.

By reducing journey times, the scheme will improve access to Copley, Sowerby Bridge and Halifax, making sites on the route more attractive for business investment and creating more job opportunities.

As well as improving car journey times, we’re also improving facilities for pedestrians by including a 2.5m wide cycle and pedestrian lane northbound to allow for safer journeys.

Next Chapter projects

The improvements at Salterhebble will work as an enabler for our upcoming Next Chapter projects, in particular, the A629 Calder and Hebble Junction project.

Read about our full portfolio of work on our Vision page.