A629 Halifax to Huddersfield

Key details

The project will complement the work of the four other A629 improvement projects by improving walking, cycling and bus infrastructure along the A629 corridor.

Current status

Concept
Development
Construction
Evaluation
bus

Consultation

We are hosting drop-in sessions along the route to give local people the opportunity to meet the team. Attendees can talk to staff working on the project, ask questions and give feedback. These sessions are:

  • Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, Monday 11 February, 3-7pm
  • Elland Methodist Church, Monday 18 February, 3-7pm
  • Gledholt Methodist Church, Marsh, Monday 25 February, 3-7pm
  • Huddersfield Town Hall, Wednesday 27 February, 3-7pm
  • Halifax Town Hall, Tuesday 5 March, 3-7pm

People can also review the proposals and have their say online at https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/a629_phase4

Plans

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, 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.

Benefits

  • 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.

Progress

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 have engaged stakeholders to understand their views and concerns. To support the more detailed, full business case, we have launched a public engagement exercise, running until 15th March 2019.