Improvements for walking and cycling journeys in north Halifax
We are working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to deliver improvements to walking in north Halifax which aim to benefit residents, businesses and visitors alike.
Making trips on foot, bicycle, scooter or bus, rather than by car, helps improve health and the environment. When we travel in these ways, we lower pollution related to both breathing problems and climate change and improve our health.
The Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF) programme is focused on connecting people in the communities of greatest economic need with job and training opportunities through accessible, attractive and cleaner transport. This will, in turn, help boost productivity, living standards and air quality, helping to create happier healthier communities for the future.
This work is more important than ever, not only as we look to address the health and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also in helping us achieve our aim of becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.
To achieve our ambitious net zero targets in this time frame we need to:
- reduce car trips by 21%
- increase cycling trips by 2000%
- increase walking trips by 78%
- increase bus trips by 39%
- increase rail trips by 53%
It is estimated TCF schemes will improve journeys by bus, rail, bike and on foot for up to 1.5 million people, take up to 12 million car trips per year off our roads and reduce CO2 emissions from car travel by up to 15,000 tonnes by 2036.
This project aims to make walking and cycling easier and safer and improve access between north Halifax and Halifax town centre. Improving facilities for cycling and walking will help people get to places more easily in north Halifax, including shops, workplaces, health centres and schools. Improved walkways, crossing places and changes to the street to reduce traffic speeds (traffic calming) also aim to encourage people to walk more.
Through this project, we want to:
- Create a new cycleway from north Halifax to Halifax town centre
- Improve pavements and crossing points for walking and cycling
- Make streets better for walking and cycling, widen pavements and introduce speed restrictions
- Improve green spaces
- Improve lighting in areas that feel unsafe and add planting in some snickets and under bridges
We have presented the proposals in five zones:
- Zone 1: Dean Clough and Lee Bridge to Ovenden Way via Shroggs Road
- Zone 2: Ovenden Way to Cousin Lane
- Zone 3: Cousin Lane to Keighley Rd and snickets between Ovenden Way and Keighley Road
- Zone 4: Illingworth
- Zone 5: Shay Lane, Ovenden
Calderdale Council has also secured funding from West Yorkshire plus Transport Fund’s Corridor Improvement Programme Phase 2 (CIP) to improve transport and connectivity from Halifax town centre through to North Halifax (A629 Orange Street Roundabout to Ogden).
More and better facilities for walking and cycling.
Better walking and cycling connections for active and sustainable ways of travelling.
Reduce pollution and carbon emissions associated with transport, helping to address climate change.
An improved walking and cycling link between the town centre, Dean Clough and north Halifax.
Better walking and cycling connections to Halifax town centre and employment, study and onward travel opportunities.
We have made a number of changes to the proposals since the consultation in March and April 2021. The updated proposals are now available. Between Thursday 4 November and midnight on Thursday 19 December 2021, we are asking for your feedback on the proposals.
Your views are important so please let us know what you think.
After the public consultation is closed on Sunday 19 December 2021, all feedback will be analysed and considered as we develop the final designs.
When proposals are finalised and approved, a contractor will be appointed, and we expect construction to start in 2023.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority have published the Consultation Analysis Report for the North Halifax Improved Streets for People consultation held in March and April 2021.
The Strategic Outline Business Case (SOC) was approved in Summer 2020 and the North Halifax Active Travel package will now progress to develop an Outline Business Case (OBC). At this stage we will continue to define the scope of the project to identify the locations and type of improvements required in order to achieve the benefits. A public consultation took place in March and April 2021 and the results are being used to help inform the plans going forward.