A641 Improvement Scheme

Key details

We’re working with Bradford and Kirklees Councils, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to improve the A641 between Bradford, Brighouse and Huddersfield.

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. 

Current status

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


We are developing a series of improvements to the A641 to better connect communities along the route between Bradford, Brighouse, and Kirklees.


We want to deliver a more efficient transport network and prioritise walking, wheeling (wheelchairs, scooters, pushchairs, and mobility aids), cycling, and public transport.

We’re aiming to reduce carbon emissions and the impact of transport on the environment. 

We want to remove the barriers to movement caused by busy roads and provide better connections between communities.

We want to improve safety, create quality places, and connect people with public transport.

Our aim is to provide better access to jobs, education, and services, and promote improvements in public health and reduce carbon emissions.

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) with some initial funding contributing to preliminary designs from the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). 


Our proposals are based on feedback. The A641 Improvement Scheme includes:

Walking and wheeling

New crossing facilities and easier access to greenways for people walking or wheeling.

Concept sketch showing the proposals for Pickle Bridge Greenway.


Widening, access and surface improvements to off-road paths and new on-road cycle routes. 

Public transport

New bus lanes and bus priority measures to improve bus journey times and reliability.

Brighouse Rail Station

An enhanced arrival experience and better access to Brighouse Rail Station.

Concept sketch showing the proposals for changes to Brighouse Rail Station.


Changes to layout and signals at junctions to improve safety.

River Calder

A new river crossing in Brighouse.

Sketch showing proposal for new bridge in Brighouse.


New routes for walking, wheeling, and cycling to connect the Garden villages of Woodhouse and Thornhill to Brighouse, removing barriers to movement caused by busy roads. 

Community Streets

Safe and healthy street environments around school community areas around Shirley Manor Academy in Wyke and St Andrews Junior School in Brighouse.



November 2023

From November 2022 to January 2023 the public were invited to examine proposals to provide better connections, better access and better places for communities and all users of the A641.

The A641 Consultation Summary Report is now available to view on the A641 Improvement Scheme page on Your Voice.

24 July 2023

We are sharing proposals for the part of the scheme around Lower Wyke Lane and Wyke Old Lane near Brighouse.

We’re hosting two drop-in sessions for people that want to speak to a member of the project team about the proposals in this area on:

  • Wednesday 26th July 2023, 3pm to 6.30pm, or 
  • Wednesday 2nd August 2023, 3pm to 6.30pm, 

at Lower Wyke Moravian Church, Lower Wyke Lane, Lower Wyke, Bradford, BD12 9AH

You can view the proposals or get in touch with the project team if you have any questions or comments.

29 November 2022

We want to know what you think of our proposals. The latest plans and designs are available on Your Voice: A641 Improvement Scheme. The consultation is open until 8 January 2023.

We will use what you tell us to help us to produce more detailed designs.

July 2022

The Outline Business Case (OBC), was approved by West Yorkshire Combined Authority and work will now go into developing the Final Business Case (FBC).

June 2022

We will be following up the ground radar survey work with additional investigation work to collect core samples at eight sites in central Brighouse. This work will help us better understand the make up of the material below the surface.

May 2022

Ground radar surveys were undertaken in and around Brighouse during May to investigate what services are underground and the condition of the ground. This information will help up further develop the plans.

We have answered some of the questions people ask us about ground investigation for the A641 Bradford - Brighouse - Huddersfield project. Find out more: A641 Bradford - Brighouse - Huddersfield ground investigation FAQ.

November 2021

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.

June 2021

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.

April 2021

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.

August 2020

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.

June 2020

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.


Approximate scheme value: £75M.

This project was made possible through funding from:

  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Tracy Brabin Mayor of West Yorkshire
  • Northern Powerhouse
  • UK Government