Eastern Gateway

Key details

This project will provide improved accessibility to the town for all residents and visitors. It will generate a greater sense of place, a new high quality pedestrian environment, better vehicle circulation around the town, better public transport connectivity, deliver regeneration and help our inclusive growth aspirations.

Current status

Concept (Completed)
Development (In Progress)
Construction (Pending)
Evaluation (Pending)

Plans

The A629 Halifax Town Centre project includes:

  • Creating new bus-rail interchange opportunities. 
  • Integration with a new bus and rail station. 
  • Removing subways at Cow Green. 
  • Remodelling Bull Green roundabout junction.
  • Creating a bus box to improve bus accessibility, reliability and punctuality.
  • Pedestrianising Market Street.
  • Enhancing the public space throughout the core streets across the town centre.
  • Improving pedestrian and cycling facilities throughout town and at key junctions.
  • Creating town gateways at Wards End, Bull Green, Northgate and Square Chapel.
  • Creating a modified eastern route to allow through traffic to avoid the town centre.
  • Improving the western route to reduce congestion, help journey times and allow better pedestrian movement.
  • Improvements to 11 main junctions surrounding the town’s perimeter.
  • Widening Church Street.
  • Realigning Berry Lane.
  • Smart signalling throughout the town.


To deliver the proposed improvements for this project, we plan to introduce new Traffic Regulation and Side Road Orders. These will include changes to parking (disabled, car and motorcycle), to bus and taxi stops, the introduction of cycle and pedestrian zones and the rerouting of traffic throughout the town centre.

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.
 

Benefits

  • 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 improved landscaping of public spaces 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 of transport will benefit from safer journeys, with a particularly positive impact on the night-time economy.
  • Journey times: For through traffic, journey times will improve due to reduced town centre traffic, particularly at peak times, and a more equal route choice to the east and west of the town.
  • Air quality: The air quality levels within Halifax town centre will improve in the medium term due to improvements in the circulation of traffic around the town’s perimeter and the absence of vehicles from the town centre shopping areas such as Market St. In parallel the introduction of a high quality pedestrian and cycle infrastructure, new bus routes and electric vehicle charging points will all contribute to a cleaner town.

Progress

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 were submitted for planning approval late February 2020 followed by a final project funding decision via a Full Business Case submission to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in July 2020. Successful approvals from Planning and from West Yorkshire Combined Authority will enable the project to move to the construction tendering stage in autumn, with a view to the work starting spring 2021. It is expected, subject to smooth delivery of the project, that the work will be completed mid-2024.

The revised designs were approved by Planning Committee in June 2020. A final project funding decision via a full business case submission to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority will happen in July 2020. Successful outcome will enable release of a construction tender to the market place during the Autumn period with a view to commencing works on site targeting Easter 2021. This major work, while dependent upon bidders’ submitted duration programmes, is likely to reach a late 2024 completion date, which takes into account the need for business continuity to be maintained throughout the work.