West Halifax Improved Streets for People

Key details

Accessible, attractive and cleaner alternatives to car journeys in west Halifax

Current status

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

We are working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to deliver improvements to walking in west 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.

Elements of the project are also funded by investment from the Local Transport Plan. 

Plans

Through this project, we want to:

  • Improve the urban environment
  • Provide better access to Halifax town centre
  • Make streets better for walking
  • Improve access to bus stops and reduce journey times on bus routes

We have presented the proposals in four zones:

  • Zone 1: Gibbet Street and Hanson Lane from Town to Queen’s Road
  • Zone 2: Queen’s Road from Pellon Lane to King Cross 
  • Zone 3: Parkinson Lane from Queen’s Road to King Cross 
  • Zone 4: Beech Hill Estate 

 

Benefits

Health

Improve health, through increased walking and improved sense of safety

Business

Increased footfall for local businesses

Connectivity

Better bus and walking connections to Halifax town centre and employment, study and onward travel opportunities

Public transport

Improvements to bus reliability and facilities on key routes

Environment

Reduce pollution and carbon emissions associated with transport, helping to address climate change

Safety

Improve road safety for people within scheme area, especially vulnerable people

Streetscapes

Improve streetscapes and public realm in Park Ward to encourage more active and sociable lifestyles  

Progress

November 2021

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.

September 2021

West Yorkshire Combined Authority have published the Consultation Analysis Report for the West Halifax Improved Streets for People consultation held in March and April 2021.

Spring 2021

The Strategic Outline Business Case (SOC) was approved in Summer 2020 and the Halifax Park Ward (Streets for People) and West Halifax Bus Improvements 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.

Funding

This project was made possible through funding from:

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority Industrial Strategy Transforming Cities Fund
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