A641 Improvement Scheme: Bradford - Brighouse - Huddersfield

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A641 Connecting Communities

Public consultation 19 July - 15 August

Calderdale Council, working closely with the neighbouring authorities of Kirklees and Bradford, and with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is developing a series of improvements to the A641 to help provide better connections for the communities along and between Huddersfield, Brighouse and Bradford. Around 100,000 residents live near or use this route. More people may use the route in the future due to several existing and planned major employment, retail and housing sites.

There are a number of transport related issues in this area. These include congestion (especially around Brighouse), unreliable journey times, poor air quality, low quality public realm and the lack of safe and attractive facilities for people walking, wheeling (wheelchairs, scooters, pushchairs and mobility aids) or cycling.

Cllr Scullion has also made a video about this investment. This can be viewed here:


Working with partners, building on existing knowledge and using your feedback from a Commonplace engagement which took place in February 2021, an ambitious series of improvement schemes have been identified in and around Brighouse and along the A641 to address these challenges.

These schemes will improve accessibility and connectivity for local communities and support wider growth and regeneration in South East Calderdale. The schemes will also contribute to carbon reduction and air quality improvements by making it more convenient to walk, wheel, cycle or travel by bus.

We would like to hear your views on the proposed improvements.

To help you understand the schemes, more information is provided below and a series of plans and designs can be found using the 'documents, plans and proposals' section of this page. You can also visit our A641 mapping site where you can view the plans by following this link (opens in a new page).

Previous engagement

Between 19 February and 18 March 2021, an initial period of engagement took place via the A641 Commonplace site, receiving more than 2,000 contributions. The purpose of this was to build on earlier engagement and consultations to better understand what’s important to you, how you feel about the area and why, and what you think could be done to make things better.

Your feedback was analysed and used to shape the proposed schemes which are presented in this consultation. The comments made can be viewed on the A641 Commonplace site (opens in a new page) and you can see a summary of the key findings by clicking here (opens in a new page) or by downloading the key findings from the 'Downloads, plans and proposals' section of this page.

Proposed interventions

In responding to the current challenges and future opportunities the proposed interventions seek to provide better connections, better access and better places for communities and all users of the A641.

The route stretches from Odsal in Bradford through Wyke, Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse and Fartown to Huddersfield Ring Road.

The schemes have been developed to deliver a more efficient transport network and prioritise walking, wheeling (wheelchairs, scooters, pushchairs and mobility aids), cycling, and public transport in and around Brighouse to reduce carbon emissions and the impact of transport on the environment. The project also seeks to remove the barriers to movement caused by busy roads, provide better connections between communities, improve safety, create quality places, and enhance connectivity to and by public transport. The schemes aim to provide better access to jobs, education and services, and promote improvements in public health and carbon reduction.

This has resulted in a range of proposals including:

  • Improved crossing facilities and improved access to greenways for people walking or wheeling
  • New and improved on and off-road cycle routes for people choosing to cycle
  • New bus lanes and priority measures to improve bus journey times and reliability
  • An enhanced arrival experience and better access to Brighouse Rail Station
  • Junction improvements to improve traffic flow and new river crossings in Brighouse
  • Improvement to local community areas adjacent to schools to create safe and healthy street environments, which work well for all people
  • Improvements to the A641 between Bradley Bar and Hillhouse, with a major upgrade to Fartown junction to simplify operation whilst also providing a sense of arrival by creating a new public realm

For the purpose of this consultation the corridor has been split into five sections:



The plans and designs for each area can be viewed and downloaded using the 'Documents, plans and proposals' section of this page. Please note that due to the size of the documents it might take longer than usual to download them. The plans can also be viewed on the A641 mapping site available here.

Understanding your views

We want your views on the proposed improvements so we can identify and develop the best schemes to form a final package of schemes.

At present West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has allocated funding of £75.5 million to the scheme through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, with additional development funding from the Transforming Cities Fund, but the proposals in this consultation exceed that funding. The schemes that are taken forward, and the designs of these schemes, will be based on your feedback. This means your views are crucial to ensure that the schemes taken forward meet the needs of the community.

You can provide your views via the survey and ask us a question via the Q&A tool on this page.

Please note, this consultation will close on 15 August 2021.


Who’s involved

Calderdale Council is leading the project and the team is working closely with Kirklees and Bradford councils, and with WYCA. The area is the focus of a bold programme of investment and growth including:

Further information on each of these proposals can be accessed via the links above, within the FAQ document, within the South East Calderdale storyboard contained within the 'Documents, plans and proposals' section of this page.

The team are working in partnership to ensure the opportunities from these other investment programmes are maximised and designed to complement one another.

What’s next?

The feedback and survey results will be analysed, and combined with the necessary technical analysis to develop and identify our final proposed package of transport improvement schemes.

Following consultation we will be progressing the development of an Outline Business Case for submission to WYCA. This business case will present the final package of schemes, explaining why they are needed, how much they will cost, what are the impacts and benefits and how /when will the schemes be delivered.

During 2022, subject to approval from WYCA, the proposed package of schemes will be progressed to a greater level of design detail and further engagement and consultation will take place.

By the end of 2025, subject to approvals, the multi-modal package of transport improvement schemes will have been built.

Want to know more? Contact us…

If you wish to contact us regarding this scheme you can do so using the following methods:


A641 Connecting Communities

Public consultation 19 July - 15 August

Calderdale Council, working closely with the neighbouring authorities of Kirklees and Bradford, and with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, is developing a series of improvements to the A641 to help provide better connections for the communities along and between Huddersfield, Brighouse and Bradford. Around 100,000 residents live near or use this route. More people may use the route in the future due to several existing and planned major employment, retail and housing sites.

There are a number of transport related issues in this area. These include congestion (especially around Brighouse), unreliable journey times, poor air quality, low quality public realm and the lack of safe and attractive facilities for people walking, wheeling (wheelchairs, scooters, pushchairs and mobility aids) or cycling.

Cllr Scullion has also made a video about this investment. This can be viewed here:


Working with partners, building on existing knowledge and using your feedback from a Commonplace engagement which took place in February 2021, an ambitious series of improvement schemes have been identified in and around Brighouse and along the A641 to address these challenges.

These schemes will improve accessibility and connectivity for local communities and support wider growth and regeneration in South East Calderdale. The schemes will also contribute to carbon reduction and air quality improvements by making it more convenient to walk, wheel, cycle or travel by bus.

We would like to hear your views on the proposed improvements.

To help you understand the schemes, more information is provided below and a series of plans and designs can be found using the 'documents, plans and proposals' section of this page. You can also visit our A641 mapping site where you can view the plans by following this link (opens in a new page).

Previous engagement

Between 19 February and 18 March 2021, an initial period of engagement took place via the A641 Commonplace site, receiving more than 2,000 contributions. The purpose of this was to build on earlier engagement and consultations to better understand what’s important to you, how you feel about the area and why, and what you think could be done to make things better.

Your feedback was analysed and used to shape the proposed schemes which are presented in this consultation. The comments made can be viewed on the A641 Commonplace site (opens in a new page) and you can see a summary of the key findings by clicking here (opens in a new page) or by downloading the key findings from the 'Downloads, plans and proposals' section of this page.

Proposed interventions

In responding to the current challenges and future opportunities the proposed interventions seek to provide better connections, better access and better places for communities and all users of the A641.

The route stretches from Odsal in Bradford through Wyke, Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse and Fartown to Huddersfield Ring Road.

The schemes have been developed to deliver a more efficient transport network and prioritise walking, wheeling (wheelchairs, scooters, pushchairs and mobility aids), cycling, and public transport in and around Brighouse to reduce carbon emissions and the impact of transport on the environment. The project also seeks to remove the barriers to movement caused by busy roads, provide better connections between communities, improve safety, create quality places, and enhance connectivity to and by public transport. The schemes aim to provide better access to jobs, education and services, and promote improvements in public health and carbon reduction.

This has resulted in a range of proposals including:

  • Improved crossing facilities and improved access to greenways for people walking or wheeling
  • New and improved on and off-road cycle routes for people choosing to cycle
  • New bus lanes and priority measures to improve bus journey times and reliability
  • An enhanced arrival experience and better access to Brighouse Rail Station
  • Junction improvements to improve traffic flow and new river crossings in Brighouse
  • Improvement to local community areas adjacent to schools to create safe and healthy street environments, which work well for all people
  • Improvements to the A641 between Bradley Bar and Hillhouse, with a major upgrade to Fartown junction to simplify operation whilst also providing a sense of arrival by creating a new public realm

For the purpose of this consultation the corridor has been split into five sections:



The plans and designs for each area can be viewed and downloaded using the 'Documents, plans and proposals' section of this page. Please note that due to the size of the documents it might take longer than usual to download them. The plans can also be viewed on the A641 mapping site available here.

Understanding your views

We want your views on the proposed improvements so we can identify and develop the best schemes to form a final package of schemes.

At present West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has allocated funding of £75.5 million to the scheme through the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund, with additional development funding from the Transforming Cities Fund, but the proposals in this consultation exceed that funding. The schemes that are taken forward, and the designs of these schemes, will be based on your feedback. This means your views are crucial to ensure that the schemes taken forward meet the needs of the community.

You can provide your views via the survey and ask us a question via the Q&A tool on this page.

Please note, this consultation will close on 15 August 2021.


Who’s involved

Calderdale Council is leading the project and the team is working closely with Kirklees and Bradford councils, and with WYCA. The area is the focus of a bold programme of investment and growth including:

Further information on each of these proposals can be accessed via the links above, within the FAQ document, within the South East Calderdale storyboard contained within the 'Documents, plans and proposals' section of this page.

The team are working in partnership to ensure the opportunities from these other investment programmes are maximised and designed to complement one another.

What’s next?

The feedback and survey results will be analysed, and combined with the necessary technical analysis to develop and identify our final proposed package of transport improvement schemes.

Following consultation we will be progressing the development of an Outline Business Case for submission to WYCA. This business case will present the final package of schemes, explaining why they are needed, how much they will cost, what are the impacts and benefits and how /when will the schemes be delivered.

During 2022, subject to approval from WYCA, the proposed package of schemes will be progressed to a greater level of design detail and further engagement and consultation will take place.

By the end of 2025, subject to approvals, the multi-modal package of transport improvement schemes will have been built.

Want to know more? Contact us…

If you wish to contact us regarding this scheme you can do so using the following methods:


Q&A

We have created an extensive list of frequently asked questions and you can find these here (opens in a new page). However, if you have another question, please write it here and we will try to get a response back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that any question you ask will be visible to all visitors to this site, so please do not include any personal information - alternatively you can email us.

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    A number of roads are designated as 'quiet roads' in the various diagrams. What is the definition of 'quiet road'?

    Andy M asked 13 days ago

     

    Thank you for your enquiry.
    As per the Glossary (available under 'Documents, Plans and Proposals' further up the webpage), a quiet road is defined as a road which either carries a very low amount of motor traffic already or when an existing road will be transformed into a quiet road by using traffic management features such as one-way systems, local closures to motor traffic using modal filters and sometimes bus gates which allow buses to pass, but not general traffic.
     
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    Why is there a load of trees next to alexanders bar on the new proposed plans for brighouse? Why not convert this dead space into a valuable entertainment area? a few trees arent going to have that much of an impact on pollution. The gov are phasing out diesel and petrol cars in the next 10 yrs anyway so that problem is being resolved.

    j briggs asked 14 days ago

     

    Thank you for your enquiry. Not only can trees and planting provide benefits in terms of combatting air pollution, they can also support with reducing the impact of flooding, improving people’s health as a direct consequence of reduction in air pollution, encouraging the use of other modes of transport and can have positive social impacts. Trees and green spaces encourage people to spend longer in areas due not only to the sense of place they create but also shade and shelter they provide.

    Whilst the phasing out of diesel and petrol cars will have a positive impact on the environment and support the steps needed to tackle the Climate Emergency, this approach alone does not provide the solution – future measures are needed, including the delivery of infrastructure to which enable people to make different choices about the way they travel.

    Concept designs at Section C, page 10 of the A641 consultation also propose the development of a public plaza to the south of Briggate.

    The Town Investment Plan is also currently being reviewed and will include public realm provision.
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    Why have cycle lanes been included in the new plans for brighouse? Have the proposers carried out the correct research to determine if this is neccessary? How many cyclists travel from the black bull, up to the the roundabout leading to halifax road each day?

    j briggs asked 14 days ago

     

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    The proposals for the A641 have been developed to deliver a more efficient transport network; prioritise walking, wheeling, cycling and public transport; make sure communities are better connected; improve safety and create better quality places, whilst also contributing to Calderdale’s response to the Climate Emergency. The provision of cycle lanes will provide a safe and attractive environment for people that choose to cycle, as well as attracting new users that may not feel safe cycling in the existing environment.

    Earlier in 2021 we asked local people to tell us about their experience of the A641 via the engagement site Commonplace (https://thea641.commonplace.is/). Providing more space for walking and cycling and better cycling paths were two of the top five improvements suggested by the public.
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    What is the meaning of a quiet road? Also is this just about the road network or will any residential properties be affected. The plans are too complicated/fragmented to get an overview of the proposals.

    Hil asked 14 days ago

     

    Thank you for your enquiry.

    As per the Glossary (available under 'Documents, Plans and Proposals' further up the page), a quiet road is defined as a road which either carries a very low amount of motor traffic already or when an existing road will be transformed into a quiet road by using traffic management features such as one-way systems, local closures to motor traffic using modal filters and sometimes bus gates which allow buses to pass, but not general traffic.

    The A641 Improvement Scheme is an extensive scheme that contains numerous proposals. The consultation presents a short list of options, rather than a preferred final scheme – the number of proposals presented in the consultation are greater than what can be delivered within the funding available. This approach was taken to ensure that, through this consultation feedback from members of the public can help us to shape what is taken forward. The overview map, the link to which is below, shows the full extent of the scheme. The map can be interrogated to find out information about the individual proposals.

    https://a641-swecouk.hub.arcgis.com/

    I trust that this response answers your query, but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions.
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    What proposals are there for the crossing outside venue 42 coming off tescos roundabout in brighouse? That is a major bottleneck backing up cars on to an already busy roundabout. Pedestrians need to cross but that needs to be changed

    Ianduck asked 15 days ago

     

    Thank you for your enquiry.
    We are unsure of the location of Venue 42, however, there is a Venue 73 in the vicinity of the Tesco roundabout, is this the location you are referring to?
    It is proposed that the junction of Bonegate Road and Bradford Road will be fully signalised along with Toucan crossings that will allow those walking, wheeling and cycling to cross. Proposals also include substantial changes to the roundabout outside Tesco which will result in a more efficient junction for all users. Please see the concept designs in Section C of the consultation.
    Once  feedback from the consultation has been analysed and used to inform a preferred scheme, traffic modelling will highlight any issues that may be caused by the implementation of change.