The Halifax Railway Station project will deliver a transformational redevelopment of the current site. It will include a new two-storey station building, an iconic pedestrian footbridge and improve walking and cycling connectivity.
The Halifax Railway Station project includes:
- Station building - with additional facilities and retail units. It would be accessed from the underpass, ground level car park and first floor via the proposed town footbridge. This would require the demolition of the existing station building and access bridge.
- Platform 1 and 2 reconfiguration - to create improved pedestrian space by reconfiguring the platform access and waiting area.
- Town footbridge - for cycle/pedestrian use and connecting from the station building at first floor level to the Eastern Gateway (near Hughes Building) and Horton Street.
- Car parking - part of the existing Eureka! car park (to the north) will be redesigned to provide drop-off facilities and taxi pick up for rail passengers. Spaces will be split between standard spaces, disabled users, parent and child, taxi drop-offs, pick-up bays, EV charging points, rail replacement bus area, and reserved Northern Rail employee spaces. Additional car parking space for Eureka! (to the south) will be created in a new area towards Water Lane
- Viaduct underpass - reopening of the Navigation Road underpass beneath the station providing direct pedestrian/cycle access to current businesses and future development opportunities to the east of the railway.
- Hebble trail extension (Water Lane to Berry Lane) – Hebble trail cycle route (National Cycle Network Route 69) forms a vital part of the Calderdale Cycle Network connecting south Halifax, Halifax Town Centre and north Halifax to the railway station. The redevelopment will create a more attractive environment for people arriving on foot and by bike, improving the passenger experience and encouraging use of public transport.
- Hebble trail extension (to the town centre) - areas in the town centre will be linked via a step free east-west link beneath the station, improving access for residents, commuters, businesses, visitors, leisure and retail users travelling to and through Halifax.
- Eureka! southern entrance - development of a new southern entrance to the Eureka! site via Discovery Road off South Parade. This will require modifications to the highway, a new entrance gateway feature and traffic regulation changes.
The flythrough visualisation films below, used in the consultation, give a good overview of how the station may look from different angles.
- Transformational change for the Halifax Railway Station area, town centre, and benefits to the wider local authority area.
- Delivering a world-class integrated, fit-for-purpose transport facility.
- Better links to other modes of transport and better connection to Halifax town centre
- The new gateway to Halifax and the north will encourage greater use of public transport, cycling and walking and will encourage investment and visitors
- A driver of growth, increasing the economic attractiveness of the town and enabling the ambitious job and economic growth targets set out by Calderdale Council
The outcome report from the consultation held late 2021/early 2022 is available on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's Your Voice page https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/hrs .The feedback received in the consultation is being used to refine designs for the project ahead of the planning application being submitted later this year.
A follow up consultation took place between late November 2021 and the end of January 2022 to show the updated designs, and again the feedback given will be used to further shape the plans. The next stage will be to submit the planning application for the scheme and develop the Full Business Case (FBC).
A public consultation asking for feedback on the latest designs took place 18 January to 14 February 2021 and the responses were used to further develop the project designs.
The Outline Business Case (OBC), was approved in June 2020 by West Yorkshire Combined Authority.