Bradley to Brighouse Greenway

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This engagement is now closed - thank you for your responses.

We have now publish an engagement report containing a summary of the feedback received on the proposals and a series of recommendations to the project team made with considerations to people’s feedback.

You can read the report here or download it from the documents section.

Please continue to visit this page in the following months for updates on how the feedback influenced the project decisions.


Background

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme is improving cycling and walking infrastructure and routes across the region .

Working in partnership with councils across West Yorkshire and York, we are aiming to improve and encourage more people to make more every-day journeys by bike or on foot.

To deliver a wide range of transport improvements the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is seeking £14.8 million funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal.

The Growth Deal is a £1 billion package of Government investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Bradley to Brighouse Greenway

The Bradley to Brighouse Greenway is being delivered in partnership with Kirklees Council and Calderdale Council and will be a 6.5km section of new greenway, providing a missing link in cycling and walking infrastructure. A greenway is a traffic-free cycling and walking route away from the road.

The scheme will include improvements to existing footpaths, bridleways and quiet roads through Bradley and Brighouse, with a new section of route being built alongside the Calder Hebble Navigation canal towpath. New signage and junction and road crossing improvements also feature among the proposals.

Proposed improvements include:

  • Upgrade and improve 1.7km of existing bridleway through Bradley to allow cycling, improving crossing points and upgrading the zebra crossing.
  • Introduce a new 0.7km surfaced path between Lower Quarry Road and Kirklees Lower Lock, on the Calder and Hebble Canal.
  • Upgrade 1.4km of towpath between Kirklees Lower Lock and Anchor Pit Bridge, on the Calder and Hebble Canal.
  • Introduce 1.7km of new cycle route, and improve the footways and crossing points between River Street and Brighouse Basin.
  • Improve 1km of towpath between Brighouse Basin and Ganny, on the Calder and Hebble Canal, including new controlled crossings on the A641 Huddersfield Road (Sainsbury’s), and the A643 Owler Ings Road (Brighouse Market).

Once complete, the route will connect to the Birkby Bradley Greenway, the Calder Valley Greenway and the Huddersfield Broad Canal, with off-road routes to the Lower Spen Country Park and to Mirfield.

This scheme will help the local communities, which are currently separated from each other by motorway and major road network, to connect and will provide safe and attractive routes to schools, local facilities or simply an opportunity to relax and enjoy nature and green space.

Engagement dates:

Between 16 September 2020 and 28 October 2020, we asked the public for feedback on our plans to improve the Bradley to Brighouse Greenway. Their views helped inform the current plans and provided an opportunity to identify any issues that we were not aware of.

If you need the information in other formats please get in touch.

Contact us:

Via email: cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via phone: 0113 251 7366

Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)*

*Please note that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the majority of our staff are working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving any postal contributions. If you can, please contact us using another method to ensure a quick response.

For more information about the project visit: cyclecityconnect.co.uk

Follow us on:

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This engagement is now closed - thank you for your responses.

We have now publish an engagement report containing a summary of the feedback received on the proposals and a series of recommendations to the project team made with considerations to people’s feedback.

You can read the report here or download it from the documents section.

Please continue to visit this page in the following months for updates on how the feedback influenced the project decisions.


Background

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme is improving cycling and walking infrastructure and routes across the region .

Working in partnership with councils across West Yorkshire and York, we are aiming to improve and encourage more people to make more every-day journeys by bike or on foot.

To deliver a wide range of transport improvements the West Yorkshire Combined Authority is seeking £14.8 million funding through the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund, and the Leeds City Region Growth Deal.

The Growth Deal is a £1 billion package of Government investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

Bradley to Brighouse Greenway

The Bradley to Brighouse Greenway is being delivered in partnership with Kirklees Council and Calderdale Council and will be a 6.5km section of new greenway, providing a missing link in cycling and walking infrastructure. A greenway is a traffic-free cycling and walking route away from the road.

The scheme will include improvements to existing footpaths, bridleways and quiet roads through Bradley and Brighouse, with a new section of route being built alongside the Calder Hebble Navigation canal towpath. New signage and junction and road crossing improvements also feature among the proposals.

Proposed improvements include:

  • Upgrade and improve 1.7km of existing bridleway through Bradley to allow cycling, improving crossing points and upgrading the zebra crossing.
  • Introduce a new 0.7km surfaced path between Lower Quarry Road and Kirklees Lower Lock, on the Calder and Hebble Canal.
  • Upgrade 1.4km of towpath between Kirklees Lower Lock and Anchor Pit Bridge, on the Calder and Hebble Canal.
  • Introduce 1.7km of new cycle route, and improve the footways and crossing points between River Street and Brighouse Basin.
  • Improve 1km of towpath between Brighouse Basin and Ganny, on the Calder and Hebble Canal, including new controlled crossings on the A641 Huddersfield Road (Sainsbury’s), and the A643 Owler Ings Road (Brighouse Market).

Once complete, the route will connect to the Birkby Bradley Greenway, the Calder Valley Greenway and the Huddersfield Broad Canal, with off-road routes to the Lower Spen Country Park and to Mirfield.

This scheme will help the local communities, which are currently separated from each other by motorway and major road network, to connect and will provide safe and attractive routes to schools, local facilities or simply an opportunity to relax and enjoy nature and green space.

Engagement dates:

Between 16 September 2020 and 28 October 2020, we asked the public for feedback on our plans to improve the Bradley to Brighouse Greenway. Their views helped inform the current plans and provided an opportunity to identify any issues that we were not aware of.

If you need the information in other formats please get in touch.

Contact us:

Via email: cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk

Via phone: 0113 251 7366

Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)*

*Please note that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the majority of our staff are working from home and therefore there will be significant delays in receiving any postal contributions. If you can, please contact us using another method to ensure a quick response.

For more information about the project visit: cyclecityconnect.co.uk

Follow us on:

@CityConnect1
CycleCityConnect
@CycleConnect1


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    Re Brighouse - Bradley greenway. What is going on? Should have been finished by now but not started

    Brighouse Paul asked about 1 month ago

    The Bradley to Brighouse Greenway is being developed and delivered by Kirklees Council and connects with several other schemes within Bradley (Cooper Bridge) and Brighouse (A641 Improvements and Brighouse flood alleviation scheme) which need to be co-ordinated across stakeholders as these interfacing schemes develop. Officers also took on board the feedback from the stakeholder engagement exercise for the scheme. These issues have delayed finalising the detail design of the scheme. Additionally, negotiations with private landowners are taking longer than anticipated and are still on-going. Unfortunately, the scheme cannot progress until these issues have been finalised.

    We realise this is frustrating and that as a potential user/s of the scheme and member/s of the public you want to see progress.

    Please contact CityConnect via email at CityConnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk early in the New Year for futher updates.

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    If I have read your maps correctly then it would appear that in Phase 1 Steep Lane is to be surfaced with Crushed Limestone and this would appear inappropriate as explained below. Using the Ordnance Survey online mapping I estimate that Steep Lane is a gradient of 7.86 deg. (being 0.31 Km long with a rise of 42.45 metres in 307 metres horizontal). Reviewing three random sources on the Web this represents a climb (in the Brighouse to Bradley direction) variously described as "Starting to become uncomfortable for seasoned riders, and very challenging for new climbers" / "as the minutes pass you will feel it and soon enough you’ll be plugging away in your granny gear" / " after 2 seconds: “Wow, who’d have thought my legs would start hurting so quickly?” and after 3 seconds: “This was a bad idea.” So Steep Lane is a not an insignificant climb. Furthermore experienced cyclists will be familiar with the difference in 'resistance' between cycling on an uneven / irregular surface and cycling on a smooth one. So it is clear that Steep Lane should be surfaced in smooth tarmac to a quality such that vegetation roots do not cause 'bumps' to appear. It should also be wide enough and hence at least 2 metres wide, which I understand to be the accepted minimum. This is especially necessary to enable faster 'climbers' to overtake when the situation arises, thus ensuring all cyclists enjoy their rides. Such a surface at such a gradient would become potentially dangerous in icy / snow conditions hence the appropriate authority should schedule suitable treatment at appropriate times.

    Septuagenarian Cyclist asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for taking the time to research this and offer solutions. This area offers up some challenging topography. It is to be expected that some cyclists will chose to walk the 300m Steel Lane section. This route is anticipated to be at least 2m wide when finished and will be treated to prevent regrowth of weeds and roots through the surface material. The engineers are working to find examples of suitable surfacing that are free draining, low maintenance, and provides a suitable surface for all users. Crushed limestone was only one option that is being investigated. Regarding winter maintenance, salt bins will be located at either end of this section.

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    Where do the anglers & the angling clubs that rent the canal stand in all this ? All you will achieve is a speed track for the bikers who will bomb down the canal with no regard for any other user , this will cause conflict with pedestrians & anglers

    Martinhellewell asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your query. The Canal and River Trust has a behaviour change programme (‘Drop the Pace / Share the Space’) which encourages cyclists, through signing and events, to slow down around other towpath users. We will engage with the angling clubs that use this area to ensure their views are taken in to account during the final design process.

     

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    I live in Colnebridge, alongside Bradley Viaduct. The proposed provision of more off road areas for walking cycling and horse riding riding is very much needed. I must mention my concerns though about anti social behaviour in the way of off road motorbikes and quads and gangs of youths that make our life a misery. On the greenway and along the towpaths, it’s relentless and getting worse. The people such as myself and many others are forced to be run over, I timidated or put in a danger if riding a horse by these gangs. Are there any measures being considered to try and combat this massive problem. Thank you Wendy Priest

    Wendy asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your query. Physical measures to restrict access to greenways is frowned upon as it also restricts legitimate usage. On new greenways, there is a ‘watching brief’ where use is monitored and remedial restrictions can then be considered. However, in the first instance any antisocial behaviour should be reported to the police

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    Great idea!!

    GB asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment. I am glad to hear that you are supportive of the proposals.

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    While appreciate the benefits of linking the two communities of Bradley and Brighouse, it is dissapointing to have to cross 2 A-roads to get to the Mirfield link from Brighouse when there bridges that go under the roads if the path was to follow the canal.

    Brighouse Paul asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your query. Unfortunately the canal path is very narrow beneath the A641 and A643. Although it may be possible to walk through whilst wheeling a standard cycle, anything larger would be problematic.

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    I've been looking forward to cycling the new greenway since moving to Brighouse from Huddersfield in 2011. I have cycled the proposed route this morning and on many other occasions. My main concern is the choice of Armitage Road, Brighouse. This is very busy during the week with many hgv's and used as an unofficial race track on weekends. The road also narrows considerably as it nears Sainsbury's. I really can't see family's feeling safe cycling that route.

    Brighouse Paul asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your query. The current intention is to direct cyclists via Karens Way and through the Brighouse Basin area to avoid the very narrow section on the approach to Sainsbury’s. We anticipate introducing a segregated cycle route on the section of Armytage Road between Huntingdon Road and Karens Way. 

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