The A629 Halifax to Huddersfield project includes:
- creation and improvement of cycle routes to Halifax and Huddersfield, better linking to key trip attractors, such as Calderdale and Kirklees hospitals, Halifax and Elland rail stations, and Elland, Huddersfield and Halifax 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 will enable 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.
- increasing capacity at Ainley Top.
- 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.
- Cleaner environment: The investment in active travel infrastructure and public transport will reduce private vehicle usage, leading to reduced emissions and reduced congestion.
In November 2018 we submitted the outline business case for the project to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. A decision is expected on this in early 2019
To support the business case we're currently engaging stakeholders to understand their views and concerns. To support the more detailed, full business case, we will launch a public engagement exercise in early 2019.