A629 Salterhebble to Shaw Hill

Click here for information regarding the resurfacing work on Huddersfield Road, taking place from 28 August to 18 September. 

Our objectives

Our project will speed up journeys, while accommodating future travel growth along the corridor, and combat the economic and environmental costs of congestion, along this key route between Halifax and Huddersfield. The investment will support economic growth and new jobs by realising the following benefits:

  • Reduced congestion and improved journey times along the A629 corridor
  • Improved walking, cycling and public transport access
  • Improved air quality
  • Safer journeys, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians

Work in progress

We started work on the widening of Salterhebble Hill in late August 2017 and are still working on delivery. 

The work will reduce travel times, especially in the southbound direction, by widening Salterhebble Hill to four lanes; remodelling the junctions at Dudwell Lane and Dryclough Lane; improving access to the hospital in Dryclough Lane; upgrading each Pelican crossing; installing new traffic light technology, introducing improved co-ordination between the signal installations and improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and public transport.

Salterhebble hillside has been excavated back to its new alignment and stabilised with over 500 anchors. Properties within the highway widening area have been demolished and several new retaining walls have been built and Dudwell junction has been reconstructed.

Works are in progress to widen Dryclough Lane / hospital entrance, remodel Dryclough signal junction and deliver a new Pelican crossing at Stafford Rd. Throughout the works corridor, new energy saving LED lighting columns have also been installed.

A sustainable and long lasting retaining wall is being constructed on the western Halifax-bound side, featuring plants to bring more greenery to the area. The new cutting will then be planted up to create a vertical garden which will also help to improve the air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.

In the coming months, focus will be upon construction of the new living wall on Salterhebble Hill, completion of Dryclough junction remodelling and introducing links to the corridor signal installations to improve co-ordination and hence travel delays.

Minimising disruption

To minimise disruption during the works, a detailed Traffic Management strategy is in place, with multiple individual lengths of highways being worked upon in turn. This means that at any one time only a limited section of the road will be subject to road works minimising the potential congestion and disruption while the works take place.

Although lane closures are essential as part of the works to ensure the safety of workers, we have had at least one free flowing lane in each direction throughout the majority of the works. We have also limited peak time delays by working in sensitive areas during evenings and weekends.