The project will complement the work of the four other A629 improvement projects by improving walking, cycling and bus infrastructure along the A629 corridor.
The A629 Halifax to Huddersfield project includes:
- Creating and improving cycle routes to Halifax and Huddersfield, better linking to key trip attractors, 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 along bus routes, with improved stop locations.
- Bus infrastructure that can make it possible for bus operators to introduce an express service between Huddersfield and Halifax.
- Active network management to improve all journey modes.
- Reducing congestion at West Vale through capacity and junction signal improvements.
- 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 actives modes 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 travel modes.
- Cleaner environment: The investment in active travel infrastructure and public transport could reduce private vehicle usage, leading to reduced emissions and reduced congestion.
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.