We’re making the A641 better - linking Bradford and Huddersfield through Brighouse.
The vision promotes inclusive growth, reducing inequality, low carbon emissions and healthier communities.
People will be able to make more active choices for local journeys. Better transport connections will help make the area a greater place to live, work, learn and visit.
We are developing a series of improvements to the A641 to better connect communities along the route between Huddersfield, Brighouse, and Bradford.
We are delivering this project in partnership with Bradford Council and Kirklees Council. It is funded by the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund (WY+TF). Funding from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) is contributing to preliminary designs. The aim of the TCF element is to develop changes which will better connect Brighouse Rail Station for people walking and cycling. Plans will focus on junctions and pinch points in an area which stretches from the north of Brighouse to Brighouse town centre. This element of the project has development funding to the submission of Outline Business Case.
By developing Brighouse TCF in close alignment with the rest of the A641 Bradford – Brighouse – Huddersfield project, we will ensure proposals from each scheme complement each other, and can be delivered together.
The A641 vision prioritises active and sustainable ways of travelling, like public transport, cycling and walking.
Employment and housing
Our aim is to unlock land for employment and sustainable housing growth.
We will improve access to green spaces and connect them to each other. The improvements we will make to infrastructure for people walking, cycling, and using public transport will make it easier to get around.
We will improve junctions and segregated cycle ways to make the transport network safer for everyone.
Environment and Public Health
The health of people and the environment along the A641 will benefit from reduced vehicle noise and emissions, and safer travel.
This project contributes to Calderdale’s response to the climate emergency.
Working in Partnership
The improvements to the A641 will connect to other initiatives and proposed investments in South East Calderdale. It will link to proposed new garden suburbs: Thornhills and Woodhouse, and the Clifton Enterprise Zone.
Connecting Brighouse Rail Station
We will link this project with work to deliver attractive, accessible, and cleaner alternatives to car journeys through the Transforming Cities Fund. Potential benefits of this work include:
- Better access to rail stations for people living and working in Brighouse
- More people able to use Brighouse Rail Station
- Increased rates of walking and cycling in Brighouse
- More people commuting by rail
- Above average rates of rail and active travel in the catchment area of the stations
We have used the feedback from the public consultation, which ended on 15 August 2021, to update the designs. We are now working on the next stage: the preparation of the Outline Business Case for the project.
Concept designs for a short-list of options are in preparation. We plan to share and consult on them in summer 2021. We will use feedback to shape the preferred final scheme for the A641 and Brighouse TCF, and to ensure our plans continue to reflect the needs of stakeholders.
An Outline Business Case is being developed which will present a preferred scheme and preliminary designs for both the A641 project and Brighouse TCF.
Galliford Try have been appointed to support the development of the scheme using a best-practice approach called Early Contract Involvement (ECI). This aim of this approach is to ensure a best value-for-money scheme is developed, to reduce or mitigate construction risks, and identify opportunities at an early stage.
Sweco have been appointed as consultants to work closely with us during the development of the Outline Business Case (OBC). The OBC will include preliminary designs detailing a preferred scheme, which will be shaped by feedback from the Common Place engagement (February 2021), public consultation (summer 2021) and partnership working with stakeholders.
The Strategic Outline Business Case was approved by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. The A641 scheme will now progress through development of an Outline Business Case.
This project was made possible through funding from: