This project will complement the four other A629 improvement schemes by improving walking, cycling and bus infrastructure along the A629 corridor.
The A629 Halifax to Huddersfield project includes:
- Creating and improving cycle routes between Halifax and Huddersfield and providing better links to key trip attractors and generators such as Calderdale and Kirklees hospitals, Halifax, Huddersfield and Elland rail stations and town centres.
- Off-network green ways and on-highway cycle infrastructure.
- Creating a quality bus corridor with highway measures to improve bus journey times and journey quality.
- Real-time information provision along bus routes, with improved stop locations.
- Bus infrastructure that enables bus operators to introduce an express service between Huddersfield and Halifax.
- Improving traffic management along the route benefitting all modes of transport.
- Reducing congestion at West Vale through improvements to junctions and signalling.
- Economic growth: The project will improve access to Halifax and Huddersfield from the M62, encouraging investment and employment in Calderdale and Kirklees.
- Sustainability: The bus corridor will make bus journeys more practical, encouraging more people to use the service. Significant cycling and pedestrian improvements will make these active choices more popular for leisure and commuting.
- Safety: Dedicated cycle and pedestrian routes will make journeys safer.
- Journey times: Reduced congestion along the route will lead to improved journey times for all modes of transport
- Cleaner environment: The investment in active travel infrastructure and public transport could reduce private vehicle usage, leading to reduced emissions and reduced congestion in line with the Combined Authority and Calderdale Council’s shared commitment to fighting climate change.
The Outline Business Case for the project was approved by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in July 2019. Work will now take place to progress the proposals to Full Business Case, which will include developing a detailed design that incorporates the feedback received through the stakeholder and public consultation in late 2018 and early 2019.