A629 Wakefield Road Sustainable Transport Scheme

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Please note this consultation has now closed. The Outcome Report can be viewed here.


The information and proposals from the consultation, which took place between 2 November - 30 November 2021, can be found below.

To view all updates on this project please visit Kirklees Council website. 




Helping you travel between Huddersfield Town Centre and Waterloo

Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are proposing a series of travel improvements along the A629 between Huddersfield Town Centre and Waterloo which includes improvements for all means of travel along this routeThe scheme is funded by the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), a major new programme of transport infrastructure investment. The programme aims to help create a positive change in the way we travel across the region, providing an accessible, attractive, and cleaner alternative to car journeys. 

We want to hear your views on our proposals. This is a vision led consultation and the public will have further say on more detailed designs in Spring 2022, during a later round of public consultationPlease tell us what you think by using the information on this page to help you complete our short surveys on the links below.  

Background 

The A629 Wakefield Road Sustainable Transport route is a 2-mile stretch from Shorehead Roundabout to Waterloo Junction.  

The A629 is a busy road – the way it has been built means it struggles to cope with today’s demand, which results in traffic congestion at peak periods. This means it is not as easy to walk or cycle along as it could be. 

We have conducted assessments along the route to find key issues and opportunities. This has resulted in a range of proposals for new walking and cycling improvements between Shorehead Roundabout and Waterloo Junction.  

Although journey patterns have changed because of COVID-19, new housing and employment planned in the future means we anticipate congestion to get worse due to higher travel demands. These improvements to the A629 offer an opportunity to improve walking and cycling journeys for everyone and reduce our reliance on travelling by car. 

Our Proposals 

The A629 travel proposals extend from the outskirts of Huddersfield Town Centre, through AspleyMoldgreen and Greenside, to Waterloo Junction. 

Improvement to this stretch of the A629 include new and upgraded crossings, widened footways, and new segregated cycleways would make it safer and easier to walk and cycle. These proposals aim to boost cycling and walking use through making these means of travel more attractive to users of the A629 route. These proposals also aim to make the area more attractive and improve bus stops along the route.  

The proposals aim to: 

  • Provide a continuous high-quality dedicated cycle facility to improve the attractiveness and journey quality of cyclists and encourage more people to travel by bike. 
  • Make it safer and easier for people to walk along and across this route to get to where they are going and to access Huddersfield Town Centre. 
  • Encourage more people to choose to walk. 
  • Provide more reliability for all road users along the route. 
  • Provide improved access to buses to encourage more people to use public transport. 
  • Provide improved air quality outcomes by reducing transport related carbon emissions.  
  • Improve safety on the highway for all road users. 


In order to achieve these goals, for the purpose of this consultation 3 options have been developed: 

One-way Segregated Cycleways 

  • One-way segregated cycle track on both sides of the A629 between Shorehead roundabout and A629/Waterloo Road/A642 junction. 

Two-way Segregated Cycleway 

  • Two-way segregated cycle track on the north side of the A629 between Shorehead roundabout and A629/Waterloo Road/A642 junction. 

Quiet Streets Cycleway 

  • Segregated one-way cycle tracks on both sides of the A629 between Shorehead roundabout and Almondbury Bank.
  • Recommended ‘quiet streets’ for cyclists on either side of the A629 between A629/Almondbury Bank and A629/Waterloo Road/A642 junctions. 

All options would include: 

  • Redesigned junctions between Shorehead roundabout and A629/Waterloo Road/A642 junction to improve traffic flow and provide safe facilities for those walking and cycling.  
  • New and upgraded pedestrian crossing facilities at various locations along the route for people walking. 
  • Installation of live information boards at suitable locations along the route. 
  • More greenery and landscaping along the route where possible. 
  • Cycle/e-bikes storage facilities along the route. 


Find out more and have your say 

To make it easier to understand and give feedback on the proposals, the length of the A629 Wakefield Road has been divided into 10 geographical ‘Zones’. You can view how they fit along the route in the overview map below: 

We have also included some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which provide further information, and which you can view on this page. 

We want to hear your views on our proposals. Please tell us what you think by completing our short survey using the link below. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately ten minutes to complete. Make sure you click ‘submit’ on the last page before completing the survey to ensure your answers are saved: 

Please note, this survey has now closed.


Online Information and Question and Answer (Q&A) events

We will be hosting free online Q&A events as part of this consultation which will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the proposals and to ask your own questions to the project team.

Please click the link below to register for free and share it with anybody you think would be interested in attending. A recording of one of the webinars will be uploaded to this page for those who are unable to attend to view the presentation.


DateTimeRegistration details
Friday 19 November 20212-3pmRegistration has closed
Thursday 25 November 20216-7pmRegistration has closed



Contact us 

You can get in touch with us to ask further questions using the contact details listed below: 

  • Ask us a question using the Questions button on this page 
  • Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk 
  • Via phone: Metroline on 0113 245 7676 
  • Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA) 

If you or someone you know is unable to access information online, please get in touch with us using the contact details above. We can arrange a different way to provide information – such as sending more information in the post – so that you or they can get involved. 

This consultation closed at 23:59 on Tuesday 30 November 2021. 

Next steps 

We will use your feedback gathered through this public consultation to develop the next stage in the design of our proposals. 

If you want to be kept informed, please register here: www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/register  

Please note this consultation has now closed. The Outcome Report can be viewed here.


The information and proposals from the consultation, which took place between 2 November - 30 November 2021, can be found below.

To view all updates on this project please visit Kirklees Council website. 




Helping you travel between Huddersfield Town Centre and Waterloo

Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are proposing a series of travel improvements along the A629 between Huddersfield Town Centre and Waterloo which includes improvements for all means of travel along this routeThe scheme is funded by the Leeds City Region Transforming Cities Fund (TCF), a major new programme of transport infrastructure investment. The programme aims to help create a positive change in the way we travel across the region, providing an accessible, attractive, and cleaner alternative to car journeys. 

We want to hear your views on our proposals. This is a vision led consultation and the public will have further say on more detailed designs in Spring 2022, during a later round of public consultationPlease tell us what you think by using the information on this page to help you complete our short surveys on the links below.  

Background 

The A629 Wakefield Road Sustainable Transport route is a 2-mile stretch from Shorehead Roundabout to Waterloo Junction.  

The A629 is a busy road – the way it has been built means it struggles to cope with today’s demand, which results in traffic congestion at peak periods. This means it is not as easy to walk or cycle along as it could be. 

We have conducted assessments along the route to find key issues and opportunities. This has resulted in a range of proposals for new walking and cycling improvements between Shorehead Roundabout and Waterloo Junction.  

Although journey patterns have changed because of COVID-19, new housing and employment planned in the future means we anticipate congestion to get worse due to higher travel demands. These improvements to the A629 offer an opportunity to improve walking and cycling journeys for everyone and reduce our reliance on travelling by car. 

Our Proposals 

The A629 travel proposals extend from the outskirts of Huddersfield Town Centre, through AspleyMoldgreen and Greenside, to Waterloo Junction. 

Improvement to this stretch of the A629 include new and upgraded crossings, widened footways, and new segregated cycleways would make it safer and easier to walk and cycle. These proposals aim to boost cycling and walking use through making these means of travel more attractive to users of the A629 route. These proposals also aim to make the area more attractive and improve bus stops along the route.  

The proposals aim to: 

  • Provide a continuous high-quality dedicated cycle facility to improve the attractiveness and journey quality of cyclists and encourage more people to travel by bike. 
  • Make it safer and easier for people to walk along and across this route to get to where they are going and to access Huddersfield Town Centre. 
  • Encourage more people to choose to walk. 
  • Provide more reliability for all road users along the route. 
  • Provide improved access to buses to encourage more people to use public transport. 
  • Provide improved air quality outcomes by reducing transport related carbon emissions.  
  • Improve safety on the highway for all road users. 


In order to achieve these goals, for the purpose of this consultation 3 options have been developed: 

One-way Segregated Cycleways 

  • One-way segregated cycle track on both sides of the A629 between Shorehead roundabout and A629/Waterloo Road/A642 junction. 

Two-way Segregated Cycleway 

  • Two-way segregated cycle track on the north side of the A629 between Shorehead roundabout and A629/Waterloo Road/A642 junction. 

Quiet Streets Cycleway 

  • Segregated one-way cycle tracks on both sides of the A629 between Shorehead roundabout and Almondbury Bank.
  • Recommended ‘quiet streets’ for cyclists on either side of the A629 between A629/Almondbury Bank and A629/Waterloo Road/A642 junctions. 

All options would include: 

  • Redesigned junctions between Shorehead roundabout and A629/Waterloo Road/A642 junction to improve traffic flow and provide safe facilities for those walking and cycling.  
  • New and upgraded pedestrian crossing facilities at various locations along the route for people walking. 
  • Installation of live information boards at suitable locations along the route. 
  • More greenery and landscaping along the route where possible. 
  • Cycle/e-bikes storage facilities along the route. 


Find out more and have your say 

To make it easier to understand and give feedback on the proposals, the length of the A629 Wakefield Road has been divided into 10 geographical ‘Zones’. You can view how they fit along the route in the overview map below: 

We have also included some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which provide further information, and which you can view on this page. 

We want to hear your views on our proposals. Please tell us what you think by completing our short survey using the link below. The survey is anonymous and will take approximately ten minutes to complete. Make sure you click ‘submit’ on the last page before completing the survey to ensure your answers are saved: 

Please note, this survey has now closed.


Online Information and Question and Answer (Q&A) events

We will be hosting free online Q&A events as part of this consultation which will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the proposals and to ask your own questions to the project team.

Please click the link below to register for free and share it with anybody you think would be interested in attending. A recording of one of the webinars will be uploaded to this page for those who are unable to attend to view the presentation.


DateTimeRegistration details
Friday 19 November 20212-3pmRegistration has closed
Thursday 25 November 20216-7pmRegistration has closed



Contact us 

You can get in touch with us to ask further questions using the contact details listed below: 

  • Ask us a question using the Questions button on this page 
  • Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk 
  • Via phone: Metroline on 0113 245 7676 
  • Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA) 

If you or someone you know is unable to access information online, please get in touch with us using the contact details above. We can arrange a different way to provide information – such as sending more information in the post – so that you or they can get involved. 

This consultation closed at 23:59 on Tuesday 30 November 2021. 

Next steps 

We will use your feedback gathered through this public consultation to develop the next stage in the design of our proposals. 

If you want to be kept informed, please register here: www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/register  

If you have any questions about the consultation or project, let us know below!

Please note, your user name and question will be visible to others, so please don't include any personal details.


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    How about putting some traffic lights at the top of Round Wood Avenue? It’s a dead end road and It’s increasingly difficult to get on to Wakefield Road, particularly towards the town centre, due to the amount of traffic. It’s also becoming a danger to cars that are wanting to turn right out Round Wood.

    S asked over 2 years ago

    Your request has been logged for consideration, thank you. We will be collecting updated traffic data for the route and, if demand deems, this will be explored further.

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    will the alterations to Wakefield road be required to go through planning?

    Martin r asked over 2 years ago

    Alterations within the public highway will not be required to go through planning.

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    I would like to know if any of the lanes from shorehead to waterloo are going down to one lane once the cycle lanes are completed and if so has there been a study to see how it effects traffic flow because traffic flow now is difficult.

    Measles asked over 2 years ago

    Yes, the measures proposed to reduce traffic lanes to a single lane over certain sections, but not the entire route. Now that we have collated public feedback, we will commence detailed traffic impact surveys which will further shape the design.

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    will an environmental impact assessment be carried out as part of the consultations?

    Martin r asked over 2 years ago

    Yes, an environmental impact assessment will be carried out as part of the scheme.

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    Will any existing road traffic lanes disappear between Shorehead roundabout and A629/A642 junction?

    Roaduser45685 asked over 2 years ago

    In relation to your comment on traffic capacity, we are not removing a lane of traffic in either direction for the entirety of the scheme to accommodate the proposed cycle lanes. We are however proposing to reallocate short sections of the carriageway where we have width constraints - these are shown on plans provided. Where possible, traffic capacity and the number of lanes is retained. 

    Car use (both as driver and passenger) accounts for only 8 per cent of the trips under half a mile in length in the UK but rises to 76 per cent of all trips in the 2 – 3 mile band and 80 per cent of trips longer than five miles in length; above one mile, more than half of all trips are by car (source: National Travel Survey: England 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-travel-survey-2020/national-travel-survey-2020). The objective of this scheme is to reduce the number of car trips made in the 1 – 3 mile band by providing world class infrastructure for alternative modes of transport (walking, cycling & bus) to promote active & sustainable travel, improve air quality and reduce general traffic congestion.  

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    How will the scheme affect traffic congestion and consequent emissions?

    DRP asked over 2 years ago

    In relation to your comment on traffic capacity, we are not removing a lane of traffic in either direction for the entirety of the scheme to accommodate the proposed cycle lanes. We are however proposing to reallocate short sections of the carriageway where we have width constraints. Where possible, traffic capacity and the number of lanes is retained. 

    Car use (both as driver and passenger) accounts for only 8 per cent of the trips under half a mile in length in the UK but rises to 76 per cent of all trips in the 2 – 3 mile band and 80 per cent of trips longer than five miles in length; above one mile, more than half of all trips are by car (source: National Travel Survey: England 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-travel-survey-2020/national-travel-survey-2020). 

    The objective of this scheme is to reduce the number of car trips made in the 1 – 3 mile band by providing world class infrastructure for alternative modes of transport (walking, cycling & bus) to promote active & sustainable travel, improve air quality and reduce general traffic congestion.