Creating new opportunities
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:
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. We are also nearing completion of the new living wall on Salterhebble Hill, which has over 6,000 bags of soil waiting to be sprayed with hydroseed, which, with the addition of new plants and trees, will bring greenery to the area.
The Dryclough Lane work is now complete, with an improved hospital entrance, remodelled Dryclough signal junction and a new Pelican crossing at Stafford Rd. Throughout the works corridor, new energy saving LED lighting columns have also been installed.
The final stages of the work will be to resurface the road towards the bottom of Salterhebble Hill. Works will be left in a position to continue seamlessly with the next A629 project at the Calder and Hebble Junction.