Improvements to the A58/A672 and A646/A6033 road network to help traffic flow, reduce congestion, reduce accidents and stimulate economic growth
Improvements to the two routes will ensure sustainable growth in Halifax and surrounding areas. Work carried out will aim to deliver an 8% reduction in journey times (12% reduction for buses) and a 10% reduction in accidents across the schemes by 2022. The schemes also encourage active travel by improving facilities for walkers and cyclists. Better access to Halifax from the south west will help reduce the productivity gap that exists with other areas, thus making it a more attractive area for future investment and improving the quality of life for residents. The visitor economy will also be boosted through better links with neighbouring areas.
- Journey times: Work on the route will improve journey time reliability, particularly for public transport users
- Peak and off-peak: There will be a reduction in the variability between peak and off-peak times for journeys to/from Halifax
- Congestion reduction: Congestion will be reduced following improvements to the network
- Businesses: More new businesses will set up in areas set out in the Local Plan
- Housing: There will be a growth in housing development due to improved traffic flows
- Sustainability: More facilities for walking and cycling
- Network connectivity: Walking and cycling networks to be better connected encouraging more active and sustainable ways of travelling
- Air quality: Air quality will be maintained or improved following proposed improvements
- Safety: Target is to reduce collisions by 10% across the schemes by 2022
Following an engagement exercise with the public and local businesses in August and September 2018, feedback was analysed and the plans were further developed. Another engagement exercise took place on these plans in January and February 2020 and the feedback from this session will allow us to progress the designs ready for full business case submission in May 2020. The engagement report is within the Supporting Documents section.
If the business case is approved, the programme of work will be developed further over the summer 2020 with work starting on site in the autumn.