A629N Orange Street Roundabout to Odgen, Calderdale

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Calderdale Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has developed this project to make it easier to travel through towns and villages on the A629, specifically between Orange Street Roundabout to Ogden. We want to hear your views on the proposed plans.

This project aims to reduce journey times for everyone who travels, including those by bus. The proposed changes along the route also specifically aim to make it easier and safer for travel on foot or by bike, particularly between Lee Mount and Illingworth to Halifax town centre.

The proposed benefits are:

  • Economic growth: The project will improve access to businesses along the A629, towards and away from Halifax town centre.
  • Sustainability: our plans will make it easier to travel by more sustainable transport, such as taking the bus, or to cycle or walk.
  • Safety: Upgrades to cycle and walking routes to make journeys safer.
  • Connectivity and access: Communities either side of the A629 will be better connected to each other, and better able to access jobs, education and leisure opportunities.
  • Cleaner environment: By making it easier to take public transport or walk or cycle we can reduce the use of private vehicles, leading to reduced emissions and reduced congestion in line with the Combined Authority and Calderdale Council’s shared commitment to fighting climate change.

The project is part of the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund (WY+TF), an ongoing major programme of investment targeted at supporting key development areas. It will help to create about 20,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. This area has been chosen as part of Phase 2 in the WY+TF’s Corridor Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP is a programme of low and medium cost highway improvements on key highway corridors. This is an initial public consultation to get your views on our current ideas. Your views will be used to help us the develop more detailed plans and concept designs. There will be another consultation on those detailed plans in 2022.

What has been done so far:

So far, Calderdale Council have identified issues along the A629N Corridor including safety concerns for people walking and cycling and cyclist safety, rat running on Old Lane, congestion leading to long journey times and high carbon emissions and general access challenges for residents between this area of North Halifax and the Town Centre.

Calderdale Council then did feasibility work to consider what measures could be introduced to reduce the issues along the A629N corridor. Calderdale Council have also spoken with local Councillors and are in the process of engaging with local interest groups (such as for cycling and disability access), businesses, bus operators and landowners to help develop the proposed measures.

As part of this consultation, we are seeking your feedback on the issues you face in the area and your thoughts on our proposed solutions.

Have your say:

Between 14 June and 18 July 2021, we asked for your feedback on the proposals. Your views are important, so please tell us what you think.

Step 1: Have a look at the information for each zone by clicking the links in the Component descriptions below or by opening the relevant documents at the top of this web page.

Step 2: Tell us what you think by completing the survey by clicking the button below. You can choose how many Components you want to comment on and your feedback will be anonymous.

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for your contributions, all feedback is being analysed.


Our ideas include:

The proposals are presented in five ‘Component’ locations - these are shown in the overall plan map here.

We believe the overall effect of these measures will deliver benefits for everyone using the A629, specifically to reduce journey times and help everyone in the area be better connected and able to travel in and around the area. The measures also aim to improve air quality and contribute towards tackling the climate emergency by making it easier for people to walk, cycle and have an improved public transport offer.

Component A: A629 Wrigley Hill Junction Improvements (view the plans here)

Our ideas for this junction include:

  • Whitehill Road will become one-way only westbound
  • Widened footways at the western end of Whitehill Road with new pedestrian crossing facilities (dropped kerbs and raised dots on the pavement, called tactile paving)
  • Potential vehicle activated speed sign on A629 north of the junction

Component B: A629 Shay Lane / Nursery Lane Pedestrian Improvements (view the plans here)

To make walking safer and easier we are considering:

  • At the Keighley Road and Nursery Lane junction, there will be a new pedestrian crossing and widened footpaths which include raised dots on the pavement, called tactile paving.
  • On Ovenden Road, south of Athol Gardens, the existing island crossing will be upgraded to a zebra crossing.

Component C: Bus Priority Improvements

  • To improve bus journey times, we are looking at technological improvements to key junctions along the A629. This aims to reduce journey times and improve the reliability of bus services. These includes traffic management, traffic signalling control; and bus stop improvements. We are not currently proposing specific segregation measures (such as additional bus lanes) as part of this scheme. Please note, we have yet to finalise detailed design proposals for this Component of the project. The accompanying Consultation FAQs document sets out why no bus lanes or other segregation measures are proposed under the current designs (see FAQ here).

Component D: Old Lane / Valley Floor Cycle Corridor (view the plans here)

We are currently considering two proposed routes for a new cycle corridor:

  • Option 1 would use all of Old Lane - from the town centre up to the A629 Ovenden Road.
  • Option 2 would use Old Lane north of the Mill Lane junction. South of this, the potential route passes through the currently disused development land between Mill Lane and Lee Bank. The scheme would then continue along Lee Bank and tie in with a proposed TCF scheme.

Proposed traffic management measures on Old Lane common to both routes are:

  • Speed calming measures (such as speed humps) along the length of Old Lane (Option 1)
  • Route restriction on Old Lane north of the Mill Lane/Old Lane junction through a modal filter facility (narrowing the width of the road to restrict certain vehicles passing) and also including turning provisions. Sometimes a modal filter may also be referred to as a points closure or throttle. The envisaged potential design is marked on the more detailed design overview for Component D (Options 1 & 2)
  • The cobbled track between Old Lane and Woodside Road to be closed off to vehicles. (Option 1)
  • New access to Valley Floor Cycle route at the Mill Lane / Old Lane junction (Option 2)

Component E: Orange Street Roundabout Pedestrian Improvements (view the plans here)

New signage, lighting, CCTV and path upgrades on the subways/paths to the western side of Orange Street Roundabout. These proposed improvements will complement other plans to the same roundabout currently proposed under the separate TCF North Halifax Improved Streets for People scheme. The TCF improvements proposed to the north-east side of the roundabout are marked in the more detailed design overview for this Component and were subject to a separate recent public consultation that can be viewed here: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/north-halifax

Next Steps:

After the public consultation is closed on Sunday 18 July 2021, all feedback will be analysed and considered as the designs develop. There will be a further opportunity to provide feedback on more detailed proposals which will be subject to public consultation later in 2022.

Contact us:
THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us via:

Our Q&A tool (below): Submit your questions and we will get back to you

Email:  yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Telephone:  0113 245 7676 (Metroline) - please feel free to call if you or someone you know would like to request paper/offline consultation materials.

Post:  Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)

*Please note that, due to the COVID-19 situation, the majority of staff are still working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving any postal contributions. It is strongly recommended that you contact us via email if possible.

For more information on the project visit Calderdale Council’s ‘Calderdale Next Chapter’ website by clicking this link (opens in a new tab).

For social media updates on this project and other schemes being delivered by Calderdale Council, follow us on:

Twitter: @CalderdaleNC @Calderdale

Facebook: Search Calderdale Next Chapter

Calderdale Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, has developed this project to make it easier to travel through towns and villages on the A629, specifically between Orange Street Roundabout to Ogden. We want to hear your views on the proposed plans.

This project aims to reduce journey times for everyone who travels, including those by bus. The proposed changes along the route also specifically aim to make it easier and safer for travel on foot or by bike, particularly between Lee Mount and Illingworth to Halifax town centre.

The proposed benefits are:

  • Economic growth: The project will improve access to businesses along the A629, towards and away from Halifax town centre.
  • Sustainability: our plans will make it easier to travel by more sustainable transport, such as taking the bus, or to cycle or walk.
  • Safety: Upgrades to cycle and walking routes to make journeys safer.
  • Connectivity and access: Communities either side of the A629 will be better connected to each other, and better able to access jobs, education and leisure opportunities.
  • Cleaner environment: By making it easier to take public transport or walk or cycle we can reduce the use of private vehicles, leading to reduced emissions and reduced congestion in line with the Combined Authority and Calderdale Council’s shared commitment to fighting climate change.

The project is part of the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund (WY+TF), an ongoing major programme of investment targeted at supporting key development areas. It will help to create about 20,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. This area has been chosen as part of Phase 2 in the WY+TF’s Corridor Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP is a programme of low and medium cost highway improvements on key highway corridors. This is an initial public consultation to get your views on our current ideas. Your views will be used to help us the develop more detailed plans and concept designs. There will be another consultation on those detailed plans in 2022.

What has been done so far:

So far, Calderdale Council have identified issues along the A629N Corridor including safety concerns for people walking and cycling and cyclist safety, rat running on Old Lane, congestion leading to long journey times and high carbon emissions and general access challenges for residents between this area of North Halifax and the Town Centre.

Calderdale Council then did feasibility work to consider what measures could be introduced to reduce the issues along the A629N corridor. Calderdale Council have also spoken with local Councillors and are in the process of engaging with local interest groups (such as for cycling and disability access), businesses, bus operators and landowners to help develop the proposed measures.

As part of this consultation, we are seeking your feedback on the issues you face in the area and your thoughts on our proposed solutions.

Have your say:

Between 14 June and 18 July 2021, we asked for your feedback on the proposals. Your views are important, so please tell us what you think.

Step 1: Have a look at the information for each zone by clicking the links in the Component descriptions below or by opening the relevant documents at the top of this web page.

Step 2: Tell us what you think by completing the survey by clicking the button below. You can choose how many Components you want to comment on and your feedback will be anonymous.

THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for your contributions, all feedback is being analysed.


Our ideas include:

The proposals are presented in five ‘Component’ locations - these are shown in the overall plan map here.

We believe the overall effect of these measures will deliver benefits for everyone using the A629, specifically to reduce journey times and help everyone in the area be better connected and able to travel in and around the area. The measures also aim to improve air quality and contribute towards tackling the climate emergency by making it easier for people to walk, cycle and have an improved public transport offer.

Component A: A629 Wrigley Hill Junction Improvements (view the plans here)

Our ideas for this junction include:

  • Whitehill Road will become one-way only westbound
  • Widened footways at the western end of Whitehill Road with new pedestrian crossing facilities (dropped kerbs and raised dots on the pavement, called tactile paving)
  • Potential vehicle activated speed sign on A629 north of the junction

Component B: A629 Shay Lane / Nursery Lane Pedestrian Improvements (view the plans here)

To make walking safer and easier we are considering:

  • At the Keighley Road and Nursery Lane junction, there will be a new pedestrian crossing and widened footpaths which include raised dots on the pavement, called tactile paving.
  • On Ovenden Road, south of Athol Gardens, the existing island crossing will be upgraded to a zebra crossing.

Component C: Bus Priority Improvements

  • To improve bus journey times, we are looking at technological improvements to key junctions along the A629. This aims to reduce journey times and improve the reliability of bus services. These includes traffic management, traffic signalling control; and bus stop improvements. We are not currently proposing specific segregation measures (such as additional bus lanes) as part of this scheme. Please note, we have yet to finalise detailed design proposals for this Component of the project. The accompanying Consultation FAQs document sets out why no bus lanes or other segregation measures are proposed under the current designs (see FAQ here).

Component D: Old Lane / Valley Floor Cycle Corridor (view the plans here)

We are currently considering two proposed routes for a new cycle corridor:

  • Option 1 would use all of Old Lane - from the town centre up to the A629 Ovenden Road.
  • Option 2 would use Old Lane north of the Mill Lane junction. South of this, the potential route passes through the currently disused development land between Mill Lane and Lee Bank. The scheme would then continue along Lee Bank and tie in with a proposed TCF scheme.

Proposed traffic management measures on Old Lane common to both routes are:

  • Speed calming measures (such as speed humps) along the length of Old Lane (Option 1)
  • Route restriction on Old Lane north of the Mill Lane/Old Lane junction through a modal filter facility (narrowing the width of the road to restrict certain vehicles passing) and also including turning provisions. Sometimes a modal filter may also be referred to as a points closure or throttle. The envisaged potential design is marked on the more detailed design overview for Component D (Options 1 & 2)
  • The cobbled track between Old Lane and Woodside Road to be closed off to vehicles. (Option 1)
  • New access to Valley Floor Cycle route at the Mill Lane / Old Lane junction (Option 2)

Component E: Orange Street Roundabout Pedestrian Improvements (view the plans here)

New signage, lighting, CCTV and path upgrades on the subways/paths to the western side of Orange Street Roundabout. These proposed improvements will complement other plans to the same roundabout currently proposed under the separate TCF North Halifax Improved Streets for People scheme. The TCF improvements proposed to the north-east side of the roundabout are marked in the more detailed design overview for this Component and were subject to a separate recent public consultation that can be viewed here: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/north-halifax

Next Steps:

After the public consultation is closed on Sunday 18 July 2021, all feedback will be analysed and considered as the designs develop. There will be a further opportunity to provide feedback on more detailed proposals which will be subject to public consultation later in 2022.

Contact us:
THIS CONSULTATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us via:

Our Q&A tool (below): Submit your questions and we will get back to you

Email:  yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Telephone:  0113 245 7676 (Metroline) - please feel free to call if you or someone you know would like to request paper/offline consultation materials.

Post:  Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)

*Please note that, due to the COVID-19 situation, the majority of staff are still working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving any postal contributions. It is strongly recommended that you contact us via email if possible.

For more information on the project visit Calderdale Council’s ‘Calderdale Next Chapter’ website by clicking this link (opens in a new tab).

For social media updates on this project and other schemes being delivered by Calderdale Council, follow us on:

Twitter: @CalderdaleNC @Calderdale

Facebook: Search Calderdale Next Chapter

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    Will any of the pavements along Old Lane be widened ?

    michael bradley asked 27 days ago

     

    This is not currently part of our proposals due to the width restrictions along much of Old Lane that make such a solution difficult to implement. This is likewise a reason a segregated cycle lane is not part of our proposals.
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    Will the junction of Ovenden Road and Broad Tree Road be looked into for improvement.

    Anonsp asked 26 days ago

     

    This junction is not part of our proposed interventions but we would welcome any comments regarding identified problems and proposed solutions that could be looked at as either part of this or another project. All comments will be analysed as part of the consultation.
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    Although bus journey times may improve with this deveolpment. There is a lot of delay on bus routes off the A629 especially on School Lane, Illingworth. Double parking and school drop off and pick up cause further hazards to bus drivers, causing delays. Also pedestrians, both adults and children are put at risk when crossing roads around this area. Can something be done here to help improve bus services and journey times?

    Lily asked 22 days ago

     

    Thank you for your feedback. All comments will be analysed as part of the consultation.
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    why do you want to reduce traffic on old lane

    mikesparks asked 21 days ago

     

    Traffic calming measures are being suggested principally in order to address concerns for pedestrian and cyclist safety, given commuter traffic seeking to avoid morning congestion on the A629 by using Old Lane.
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    Hello, apologizes for my earlier question I should have been more specific I was referring to the route of the disused rail line between Mill Lane and the start of Old Lane, Northwards not Southwards that runs for approximately 500m. I do very much appreciate the difficulty in following the route of the old line Southwards that used to run through a tunnel over a now demolished viaduct before proceeding to North Bridge via Old Lane tunnel.

    michael bradley asked 27 days ago

     

    Thanks for your follow-up, we have considered whether the disused rail line running broadly parallel to the northern section of Old Lane could be utilised and connect either into Old Lane in the vicinity of the Mill Lane junction and/or continue through to the valley to the south (if so there is potential for a redundant bridge structure to provide this connection). As part of our review, several constraints were identified, such as unapparent level differences, land acquisition and buildings on the alignment. Therefore this alignment was not taken forward as a preferred option for public consultation given the opportunities presented by the parallel section of Old Lane. Yours, and other feedback however, will be carefully considered.
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    Have you considered using the route of the disused rail line that runs adjacent to the Ovenden Brook between Mill Lane and the start of Old Lane that could provide an attractive off route road through the woodland, much like the popular Hebble Trail that runs along the route of the former Canal between Salterhebble and Phoebe Lane?

    michael bradley asked about 1 month ago

     

    A direct link between the valley floor and the disused railway trackbed was discounted due to the significant level difference between the two. The former rail line does not follow the profile of the valley floor, instead entering a tunnel underneath the A629. This results in an elevation difference of 6m+ between the trackbed and the valley floor, further complicated by the location of Ovenden Brook which enters a culvert at this location. A structural ramp/bridge solution would be required to overcome these constraints and this is not considered to be a workable solution at this location.
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    Why are there no speed cameras proposed? The dual carriageway is a 40 limit, but as a cyclist I get buzzed by vehicles doing must be nearly 70. And you need speed cameras above Wrigley Hill, not warning signs. With Gatso and Av speed cameras, you'll make a fortune in fines!! From Pavement Lane to Wrigley Hill, I can easily keep up to the 30 speed limit, but I get overtaken, dangerously, all the time.

    Chris Freeman asked about 1 month ago

     

     
    Thank you for your feedback. All comments will be analysed as part of the consultation. A potential speed activated warning sign is also being considered on the southbound A629 under the current designs (north of the Wrigley Hill junction, as marked on the Component A overview).

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    Speed cameras need installing from morrisons up to where the others start at ogden, that section of road is like a race track at night, as soon as people pass the heathmoor park road turn off they put their foot down, it's so dangerous

    Zarose asked about 1 month ago

     

     
    Thank you for your feedback. All comments will be analysed as part of the consultation. A potential speed activated warning sign is also being considered on the southbound A629 under the current designs (north of the Wrigley Hill junction, as marked on the Component A overview).

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    So some tactiles at the top of sod house green is going to improve what exactly?

    Dishwasher asked about 2 months ago

     

     
    Tactile paving supports the proposed use of dropped kerbs by compensating for the absence of a physical kerb in the case of pedestrians who be may visually impaired.

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    Where can I find the town centre projects and the proposed bus-rail interchange.

    Busmanpro asked about 1 month ago

     

    The Calderdale Next Chapter website (http://www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk/) houses details of all current and past projects, including those in the Halifax Town Centre Delivery Plan and Bus Station & Rail Station schemes. Previous Your Voice consultations for these can also be found on the Your Voice website (https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/).