What are the A629 Halifax to Huddersfield project proposals?
What do you hope to achieve by making the improvements?
What are your timescales?
Timelines for the project are yet to be confirmed and are subject to approval. We submitted the outline business case to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in December 2018 during 2019 and 2020 we will be working on the design of the full business case proposals and the planning application for the project.
How is the project being funded?
The A629 Halifax to Huddersfield project is being delivered by Calderdale Council with funding from the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund. The £1bn fund is being invested over 10 years in more than 30 transport infrastructure schemes across West Yorkshire and York, designed to create around 20,000 new jobs and add £2.4 billion a year to the economy by the mid-2030s.
What is the West Yorkshire Combined Authority?
The Combined Authority was formed in April 2014 to be the driving force for economic growth across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield districts and the City of York Council area. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority brings together key decision making powers into a single body. You can find out more about them on their website www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk.
Can the money be spent on any other projects?
The A629 Halifax to Huddersfield scheme has funding provisionally allocated from the Combined Authority as part of the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund and therefore the funding will not be able to be spent on any other proposals or scheme. If the Combined Authority do not accept the business case, then the scheme cannot go ahead and the money may be spent elsewhere in the region.
Why is investment focused around the A629?
The A629 Halifax to Huddersfield is a key route that, through improvements, could create jobs, relieve congestion, reduce journey times for general traffic and public transport, and improve pedestrian and cycling accessibility.
Calderdale and Kirklees Council are jointly developing interventions that will be introduced in various projects along the A629 corridor. Visit www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk for details of the Calderdale projects and www.kirklees.gov.uk/majorschemes for the Kirklees project.
Has any air quality monitoring been done?
Air quality monitoring was carried out during 2017 and 2018 at various locations along the corridor, between Huddersfield and Halifax, to provide a baseline record of air quality conditions before any changes are made.
Will this project improve air quality in the area?
The project seeks to better air quality where possible. Detailed meddling analysis of the air quality will be undertaken during the full business case stage.
How will this scheme benefit pedestrians?
We will be looking at ways to improve the walking environment and make routes more ‘walkable’. Improvements to pedestrian and cycle routes, both on and off the highway network will allow for connectivity between the attractors on the route, including Halifax and Huddersfield rail stations, the proposed Elland rail station, Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals, business parks, schools, colleges and residential areas.
How will this scheme benefit cyclists?
Cyclists will benefit from an improved cycle infrastructure and routes along the full A629 corridor, improving journeys between Halifax and Huddersfield with end to end infrastructure. These improvements will include widened paths on the network to allow for safer journeys, promotion of quiet on network routes, and the creation of greenway (off network) routes. Cycle paths will be better than the UK standard where possible. New and existing cycle routes will link up with existing routes and will link with the proposals for cycling improvements as part of the Elland Station Gateway project.
How will this scheme benefit motorists?
Capacity and junction signals will be improved in the currently congested areas of Ainley Top and West Vale. Active network management will be introduced to improve journeys for all modes.
How will this scheme benefit bus users?
This scheme will see significant benefits for bus users through the creation of a quality bus corridor with highway measures to improve bus journey times and journey quality. Highway improvements at Ainley Top and West Vale will also improve bus journeys. Improvements along the route will include real time information along bus routes, with improved stop locations. Bus infrastructure will enable bus operators to introduce an express service between Huddersfield and Halifax.
Will there be an express bus service between Halifax and Huddersfield?
Through the proposed improvements to the bus infrastructure, the bus operators will be enabled to introduce an express service between Halifax and Huddersfield. The existing services will be significantly improved to allow for quicker journey times.
Will there be any changes to bus stops?
The changes to bus stops are:
Will the layout of the roads change?
Yes, there will be minor changes to the road layout along the corridor.
Will there be any changes to on-street parking arrangements?
At the outline business case stage we don’t have this detail of information. We will consult at the end of the preliminary design stage.
What will happen to the trees located in the area?
At this stage don’t know how trees will be impacted. During the detailed design stage we will avoid, where possible, impacting trees along the route.
Who can feedback on the proposals?
We welcome opinions and feedback from anyone. Whether you travel by public transport, walk, drive, cycle, are a business owner, local resident or just travel through the area, your views and insight is valuable to us to shape our scheme.
How can I feedback on the proposals?
- Join us at one of our drop in sessions:
- Fill in the survey on this website or post a specific question here
- Email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
What will you do with the feedback that you receive?
By having your say and sharing your views we will be able to ensure that the priorities and thoughts you have on your area are considered in the project proposals.
What other engagement will be taking place in the future?
The requirement for future engagement activities will be confirmed during the next stage of development.
Are you working with Kirklees Council on this?
Yes, we are working closely with colleagues in Kirklees Council to ensure the scheme is successfully delivered. This scheme is a joint initiative between Kirklees and Calderdale Council. For ease and efficiency Calderdale is the promoting authority.