The A629 Halifax Town Centre project includes:
- creating bus-rail interchange opportunities
- improving the bus station and bus infrastructure
- removing subways
- remodelling Bull Green junction
- creating a bus box to improve bus accessibility
- pedestrianising Market Street
- enhancing the urban realm and creating ‘Piece Gardens’
- improving pedestrian and cycling facilities throughout town and at key junctions
- creating a modified eastern route to allow through traffic to avoid town centre core
- improving western route to reduce congestion, journey times and improve pedestrian facilities
To deliver the proposed improvements for this project, we plan to introduce new Traffic Regulation Orders. These will include changes to parking (disabled, car and motorcycle), changes to bus and taxi stops, introduction of cycle and pedestrian zones, and rerouting of traffic throughout town. There are a significant number of changes that we plan to introduce so we have mapped these with detailed drawings here. Click on each of the dropped pins for information about the proposed changes and for further detail, click on the drawings available above the description.
- Economic growth: The transformation of the town centre will help to create a more vibrant local economy, encouraging new investment and business growth through increased footfall and trade.
- Improved landscape: Pedestrianisation and new public realm will help to improve the aesthetic appeal of Halifax town centre, particularly Piece Gardens as the beautiful entrance to the town.
- Sustainability: The project prioritises pedestrian and cycle movement throughout the town centre. This includes new super crossings, convenient locations for bus stops, flexible bus routes and improved access to Halifax rail station. Cyclists will have clearly defined cycle areas, with street furniture lines away from buildings and shop fronts.
- Safety: All modes will have safer journeys, which will have a particularly positive impact on the night time economy.
- Journey times: For through traffic, journey times will improve, particularly at peak times.
The planning application for the project was submitted in September 2018 and was approved in January 2019.
We have also submitted the full business case for the project to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. A decision is expected for the business case in early 2019.