A641 Improvement Scheme: Bradford - Brighouse - Huddersfield

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A641 Connecting Communities


This public consultation ran 19 July - 15 August and has now closed.

Thank you to everyone that took part. Due to the volume of good quality feedback we have received, it will take longer than anticipated to respond. Your views are important to us and we will reply to everyone as quickly as we can.

All survey answers, comments and suggestions will be analysed and considered, and further information will be shared here once available.

The information below was presented during the public consultation.


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.

During the consultation period, people could get in touch and share their views via an online survey, post, email, telephone, or ask a question via the Q&A tool on this page.



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.



A641 Connecting Communities


This public consultation ran 19 July - 15 August and has now closed.

Thank you to everyone that took part. Due to the volume of good quality feedback we have received, it will take longer than anticipated to respond. Your views are important to us and we will reply to everyone as quickly as we can.

All survey answers, comments and suggestions will be analysed and considered, and further information will be shared here once available.

The information below was presented during the public consultation.


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.

During the consultation period, people could get in touch and share their views via an online survey, post, email, telephone, or ask a question via the Q&A tool on this page.



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.



CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Due to the volume of good quality feedback we have received, it will take longer than anticipated to respond. Your views are important to us and we will reply to everyone as quickly as we can. If you have any questions after 15th August they can be sent to thenextchapter@calderdale.gov.uk

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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    Please can you provide a single large scale plan showing all the NMU routes to give some wider connectivity context. Thanks

    Anon1 asked 3 months ago

    Good afternoon,

    Thank you for your interest in the scheme and sorry for the delay in replying to your email; the high volume of questions and our desire to provide good quality feedback has resulted in delay. 

    We have now added the requested map showing the NMU routes, to the consultation page - it is available in the 'Documents' section on the right hand side of the page: A641 Improvement Scheme: Bradford - Brighouse - Huddersfield | Your Voice (westyorks-ca.gov.uk) 

    Yours sincerely,

    The A641 team

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    Why can't you redirect this oney into public transport? Making more people use public transport (due to better schedules and frequency) we would reduce traffic there anyway. I'm from Leeds and their transport links are much better... You are able to travel to many more places with better frequency and assurance of service. This meant many of my friends ect didn't feel the need to use their cars most days.

    Sherriden asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the scheme and sorry for the delay in replying to your email; the high volume of questions and our desire to provide good quality feedback has resulted in delay.

    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.

    One key focus of the scheme is improved public transport links, to encourage modal shift. Proposals include improving connectivity for people walking, cycling, wheeling and using public transport to Brighouse train station and also the proposed Park and Ride scheme in Bradford, in addition to bus prioritisation interventions around Brighouse town centre and  improved end to end public transport provision throughout the corridor.

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    Can you give more detail on what will be done on the roads marked ‘proposed quiet road’? Will this be traffic calming measures?

    Scott Cooper asked 2 months ago

    As per the Glossary included on the Consultation Site, 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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    I have read the information supplied and watched the video with great interest in the hope that the proposal reduces the traffic congestion and the stop/start nature off traveling along this road as I do several times per week. It is my opinion that with the ever increasing volume of traffic generally and specifically along this road, the improvements need to account for this and not just measures that increase flow rates of the current traffic levels. I think that can only be achieved by a really serious actions which needs to include demolishing certain roadside building and giving over more space to road development. Anything less than this will result in merely window dressing = new juctions/roundabouts and trafiic light systems and will not supply the answer to increased traffic volumes going forward but may well improve short term traffic flow. Is this the kind of aggressive approach that the authority is prepared to adopt - investing money wisely for real long term benefits. Regards and good luck

    Steve Teale asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable feedback. 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 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 proposed interventions presented at consultation, and subsequent feedback, will help inform decisions around which schemes are taken forward, including the designs of the schemes. Following the consultation, quantitative modelling of traffic flows, modal shift, carbon emissions and pollution levels will be undertaken as part of the process to identify the preferred scheme. The preferred scheme will be assessed following government guidance, the results of which will form part of the Outline Business Case for the scheme.

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    I am a resident on Bradford Road and have received a leaflet about the parking rights been taken away from us.We as residents would struggle to find a parking space on a side road as our property is located near Smithy Carr.We would be blocking the side roads,which would leave a very dangerous situation for other road users and emergency vehicles. What would be the terms of our motor vehicle insurance?.If this leads to a higher cost why should we be paying more.This would also lead to anti social behaviour from other side street residents not being able to park by their own property .I know this is not a road right but you expect to be able to park near your house.We would not be able to carry our shopping as we do monthly shops which leads to alot of shopping.We have children and try to cross other roads just to get to your car could lead to tragic accidents. If this does not effect my property could permits be available just for residents?What effect would this have on our house value as we are wanting to sell in the near future? I obviously object to these plans.Please answer my question as I am very concerned about this proposal.

    Susan Conway asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for sending us feedback about the proposed cycling interventions along Bradford Road.  Your thoughts are very much welcomed and have helped us to identify concerns shared by local residents that relate to this proposal. 

    All comments received in respect to the recent A641 consultations are taken extremely seriously by the Council and, as such, will be carefully looked at and considered now the current round of consultations have ended.  In terms of the proposed cycle lanes on Bradford Road and the consequential impact on parking along the main road Her Majesty’s Government, in common with most local authorities and many private citizens, recognise that there is too much carbon in the atmosphere and consequently seek to do something about it.  Considering how we all move around and how the current system of transport funding works is an important part of this crucial work.  In view of this, the Council, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority as the funding body of the A641 scheme, are required to demonstrate effective plans for reducing carbon levels whilst also promoting health and wellbeing through active travel. Added to this, the Northern Mayors have set out various pledges which, amongst other things, centre around active travel (walking and cycling) and effective public transport. This is in complete alignment with HMG expectations and ambitions. With this in mind, the various A641 scheme proposals that are being consulted upon have evolved to reflect this changing policy landscape and are required to demonstrate how they align with those sustainable principles.

    We understand that the various competing transportation and parking issues impacting on Bradford Road are both varied and complex, and do not readily lend themselves to easy solutions. That being said, the A641 scheme is still in its relative early stages of development and as such there remains opportunity for the Council to fully consider the extremely useful ideas and insights that respondents have provided.  Your feedback is important to us and we would like to continue to have an opportunity to hear from the public beyond the consultation period.  Comments can be sent to the council’s Next Chapter email address Thenextchapter@calderdale.gov.uk where they will be reviewed and considered by the A641 team.

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    what are the plans for Clifton common, i.e. Parking set up changed to support better road movement

    mr-bob asked 2 months ago

     

    Our earlier engagement exercise and analysis identified that car parking along Clifton Common seems to impact the flow of vehicles. The potential to make changes has been identified, however, no formal proposals have been brought forward at this time. We are seeking the views of local people through this consultation to determine whether any changes to parking and kerb-side activity is needed. If changes are identified further engagement and consultation will take place with local people.
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    A641 map D6, there is supposed to be an overlap with map D7 but there is a large strip of land missing, when is this going to be make available for an appropriate consultation? Also, there is a proposed Garden Suburb and its access completely missing off map D6. When will this proposed information be made available to make the consultation valid?

    IanB asked 3 months ago

     

    Apologies for any confusion caused by the consultation plans. Between D6 and D7 the proposal is that a section of Ryecroft Lane becomes a quiet road (first part of this is shown on D6) and then connect to the existing Public Rights of Way (as shown on D7) with the Public Right of Way being upgraded. The proposed Woodhouse Garden Suburb area is shown on D7 - the alignment of the access road is under development and subject to the Local Plan process and subsequent statutory planning processes.
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    Quite some years ago now . A bus lane was put in on Woodside road . This narrowed the islands where pedestrians cross and made it very difficult. I cross every day on that road to walk my dogs and have to be very careful my dogs back end aren’t stuck out on the road due to the islands being so narrow . This was never a problem till Bradford council decided to put in the bus lane . I bet I can count on one hand how many buses etc. Use this bus lane . In my mind and alot over local people’s minds . It’s just been a wast of tax payers money . Why fix something that wasn’t a problem to start with ?

    Val asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for providing us with your feedback.  We are putting in priority crossings along the A641 for pedestrians to make it safer and easier to cross the road. In this area, we propose 17 new or upgraded protected crossings on the A641 between Odsal and Lower Wyke. In addition we are proposing level crossings (continuous pavement treatment) on side roads along the corridor to give priority to pedestrians as they walk along the A641 and cross sideroads.  In terms of bus priority lanes, these are important measures that help improve bus journey time reliability.  

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    I live on Huddersfield road in Wyke . It is the road parallel to Woodside road . There are speed cameras on Woodside road . We get a lot of traffic speeding on Huddersfield road Wyke ,just to avoid those speed cameras. We also get a lot of big HGV coming along Huddersfield road . I sometimes think my house vibrates with the heavy traffic. There as also been a lot of accidents along this road due to speeding traffic . 30mile an hour traffic signs have recently been put in . Doesn’t make a scrap of difference to speeding traffic.

    Val asked 3 months ago

     

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback.  We have introduced several crossing positions along the route to allow better accessibility to cross the A641. These will be designed in such a way as to enhance the traffic calming effect and encourage better compliance to the posted speed limits.
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    How have you worked out sending one lane of traffic 100 meters in a different direction in Bailiff Bridge, when the roads either side remain exactly the same will ease congestion, and how much did you get paid for suggesting this?

    Simon asked 3 months ago

     

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback.  

    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 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.

     Your feedback and the feedback received through this consultation will help to inform decisions around which schemes are taken forward, as well as the designs of said schemes. The proposals at Bailiff Bridge are at an early stage of development and there is further consideration needed to ensure any changes facilitate the needs of all modes. If the scheme is taken forward it will be developed further during detailed design.
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