The project will provide improved accessibility to the town for all residents and visitors. It will achieve a greater sense of place, deliver regeneration and assist our growth aspirations.
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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
Following Grade II listing status being granted to the former Hughes Corporation building on Square Road, the Eastern Gateway proposals to create a striking public space area between the railway station and the library/Piece Hall have been revised. The new plans now fully encompass the building and it’s felt that this has enhanced the overall aesthetics of the gateway approach with minimal impact to the original highway proposals.
The revised plans will be submitted for planning approval late February 2020 followed by a final project funding decision from West Yorkshire Combined Authority (the funders) in summer 2020. Successful approvals from Planning and from West Yorkshire Combined Authority will enable the project to move to the tendering stage in autumn, with the work starting spring 2021. It is expected, subject to smooth delivery of the project, that the work will be completed in 2024.