Calderdale Corridor Improvement Programmes Phase 1

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This phase of engagement is now closed. Information on the current phase of engagement can be found at: 


Please note that contributions to this engagement are now closed for evaluation and review. However, a new period of engagement is now open. Please click on the link below to discover more.

Calderdale Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are developing a series of improvements to the road network along the A58 / A672 from Junction 22 of the M62 to King Cross in Halifax and the A646 / A6033 from Todmorden to Skircoat Moor. These Corridor Improvement Programmes (CIPs) aim to provide better connections across West Yorkshire to stimulate economic growth and job creation, and support housing developments throughout the region. They should improve traffic flow, aiming to deliver an 8% reduction in journey times for all traffic and a 12% reduction in journey times for buses. They would also aim to reduce accidents throughout the schemes by 10% by 2022, particularly involving pedestrians and cyclists.

The two programmes cover well used routes through Calderdale which can be congested during peak times, suffer from pockets of poor air quality and limit the potential for economic growth because of variable journey times. The schemes also encourage active travel by improving highway facilities for walkers and cyclists.

Following recommendation from the Combined Authority’s Investment Committee to progress to the detailed design stage of the CIPs, we are now looking to engage with the public and other interested parties to help us shape the future of the programmes.

A series of plans and proposals can be downloaded using the links on the right hand side (or at the bottom of the page if you are using a mobile device).

The current phase of engagement on this project has now closed and the results are being analysed.


Please note that contributions to this engagement are now closed for evaluation and review. However, a new period of engagement is now open. Please click on the link below to discover more.

Calderdale Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are developing a series of improvements to the road network along the A58 / A672 from Junction 22 of the M62 to King Cross in Halifax and the A646 / A6033 from Todmorden to Skircoat Moor. These Corridor Improvement Programmes (CIPs) aim to provide better connections across West Yorkshire to stimulate economic growth and job creation, and support housing developments throughout the region. They should improve traffic flow, aiming to deliver an 8% reduction in journey times for all traffic and a 12% reduction in journey times for buses. They would also aim to reduce accidents throughout the schemes by 10% by 2022, particularly involving pedestrians and cyclists.

The two programmes cover well used routes through Calderdale which can be congested during peak times, suffer from pockets of poor air quality and limit the potential for economic growth because of variable journey times. The schemes also encourage active travel by improving highway facilities for walkers and cyclists.

Following recommendation from the Combined Authority’s Investment Committee to progress to the detailed design stage of the CIPs, we are now looking to engage with the public and other interested parties to help us shape the future of the programmes.

A series of plans and proposals can be downloaded using the links on the right hand side (or at the bottom of the page if you are using a mobile device).

The current phase of engagement on this project has now closed and the results are being analysed.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    I drive into Hebden Bridge five days a week as there is no public transport links near to where I live. l work full time in retail earning only the minimum wage. Parking in the town would cost approximately £30/week so is definitely not an affordable option for me. Hence I park on the (soon to be double yellowed) A646. The new parking provisions proposed for the town only benefit users of the rail station who commute out of the area to work. Where is the help and support for the many (mostly low paid) who actually work IN Hebden?

    Virginia Asked over 1 year ago

    Nationally, regionally and locally we have policies to remove parking from the main roads. They are becoming congested with parked cars in places and slowing the movement of vehicles especially buses and HGVs. This is causing significant air pollution and delays to buses. The bus operators then must put on another vehicle + driver to offer the same service or reduce the service. This creates a vicious cycle of decline in bus services and leads to worse congestion.

    We also have a significant number of cyclists. It is good for your health and for the environment to cycle and we want to encourage cycle use. However, cyclists are deterred from using their bikes or are being killed or seriously injured because they do not have enough space on the highway. Cyclists, just as car drivers, need route choices. Not all want to cycle on a greenway. The road hierarchy is to provide highway space for walking and cycling first- to prioritise over the car. We want to reallocate this parking on the A646 for cyclists and buses.

    We undertook a comprehensive survey in Hebden Bridge and found that there is capacity to park in the long stay car parks. They get nearly full between 11-1 however. I don’t know what time you arrive for work however. We are trying to build a new car park on the western side of HB where there is less provision.

    I hope this helps answer your question.

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    I wholeheartedly welcome the opportunity to remove parking on the Mayroyd section of road, may I ask if cycle lanes will be installed to help connect cycle Route 66 and the towpath and also if provision to replace the spaces lost (maybe 50 or so) will be replaced elsewhere. Our strategy needs to be to disuse use of the almighty car into public transport (or bike) what is your strategy for this? Many thanks

    Alan Truman Asked over 1 year ago

    There are no current proposals to use the space used by parked cars for cycle lanes as part of the current submission. As the next stage of the project commences and all the proposals are revisited the designs will evolve with consideration given to other uses for the road space. 44 additional spaces are being created at Hebden Bridge rail station which will replace the majority of the ‘spaces’ being lost. The Hebden Bridge Parking study will address the wider parking proposals for the town.

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    Very concerned about the planned double yellow lines out the road to the train station. 0bviously lots of people including myself park here so we can catch the train. Have you made reservation for other parking close to the station?

    AndyS Asked almost 2 years ago

    Any amendments to current parking arrangements have been considered as part of the wider parking arrangements across Hebden Bridge. The proposed rail station car park expansion at both Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd been delivered independent of these proposals will increase the parking provision for users of the rail station.

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    Hi In response to your answer to our earlier question about the junction of new road and commercial street, you have not answered our query about entering and exiting our drive which is at this junction, nor are we reassured that the proposal will not worsen the pollution right outside our house. We believe traffic lights will inevitably increase standing traffic outside the house and it is not clear where the lights or the crossing points themselves will be placed - this will impact where the traffic will be held during red light periods. Your response references "the designs currently being presented" - what are these designs, and where exactly will new elements be positioned? We asked to see evidence that the scheme will reduce pollution but this has not been provided. Of particular importance to us is the effect on our own family. Without this evidence we have to assume that at our very local level (our house and those of our immediate neighbours) , the air quality impact will be negative. Please provide your evidence which should include numbers of vehicles passing and stationery at all points of the junction in the current situation and your estimates of what these will be in the future - as well as the basis on which these estimates are made. The proposals are to remove lights in commercial areas and add them in residential areas. Even if lights are timed to help traffic flows in off peak areas, we are not convinced that this will not cause standing traffic on the other non green sides that currently waits a moment or two only at the give way. In the circumstances we formally object to the proposals as they stand and look forward to your responses. Many thanks

    bettyandmartha Asked almost 2 years ago

    The designs presented at the public consultation are feasibility design only and specific locations of street furniture including traffic signals would be determined at a later design stage.  However it can be confirmed that traffic signal locations will not impact residential access and be located to maximise available footway width. Driveways close to the signals can be provided with ‘Keep Clear’ marking to prevent blocking.

    Due to the requirements for the business case document only certain years have been modelled. Therefore the numbers provided are based on forecasts in 2036, which is the furthest point in time that has been considered. Future year traffic flows have been based on the most up to date Local Plan and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments with background growth assumption based on industry standard software.

    There are no queues forecast on the A646 or Commercial Street in 2036 without signals. With signalisation of the junction the average queue eastbound is 3 vehicles, with an average queue of 1 vehicle westbound. Average queues on Commercial Street of 2 vehicles are forecast. Across both the morning and evening peak period traffic flows will increase by less than 1 vehicle per minute in each direction with the traffic signals.

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    If you move the Pelican Crossing directly in front of the residence on the corner of Holme St and New Road as you propose, will you take into account the noise nuisance from the bleeps to the people living at this address?

    Lester Bangs Asked almost 2 years ago

    The proposed pedestrian crossing is not required to have the audible (bleep) to inform visually impaired users of when the pedestrian crossing is on green.  A tactile rotator cone can be provided which performs the same function without the ‘bleep’.

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    Will the plans reduce the massive increase in the heavy goods waggons that are thundering through our small built up areas and roads,Kind regards

    Geoff Asked almost 2 years ago

    The proposed works aim to resolve issues associated with congestion and conflict from parked cars, improving journey times and air quality as well as improving safety for all users.

    The A58 / A646 are the official diversion route promoted by Highways England if the M62 is closed. Any changes to this diversion route are outside of the scope of this study. The option of a freight consolidation centre along the M62 around the Calderdale area has been considered, but is currently outside of the scope of this study. 

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    I point you to a planning application currently pending with Calderdale Council (18/00002/CON), this is a multi use facility with a 100+ capacity theatre, bar, pop up shops, café, bakery, accommodation and other uses. This application just off the A58 in Sowerby bridge centre has little to no parking provision, no notable highways works has been mentioned in the application! Why aren't these projects forced to finance the required highway works that will be needed due to a very large increase in traffic to the area? If Tesco's wants a supermarket, they are made to improve the highway before it opens, I urge the powers that be to ensure this application is treated with the same merit.

    james s Asked almost 2 years ago

    We asses each application on its merits. We are requiring the applicant to address the impacts of the development. The HDC responses include the requirement for improvement works in the highway fronting the site, a TRO to control unloading on the frontage and we are ensuring the internal layout is revised to address servicing issues.

    Regarding parking provision, there is no requirement to provide any additional spaces given the location in the defined town centre and the availability of public car parking within walking distance.


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    If you are serious about reducing pollution, will your plans address the issue of ice cream vans parking illegally on the pavement near the junction of New Road and Holme Street, with their engines idling for up to ten hours non stop?

    Lester Bangs Asked almost 2 years ago

    Calderdale Council are already aware of complaints regarding an ice cream van in Hebden.

    Parking fines have been issued on a number of occasions but they appear to be happy to pay them as they have been making so much profit this summer at that location.

    We are yet to consider alternative options. However, it is likely to be a police prosecution issue.

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    How will cyclists be able to safely cross the A646 in Hebden Bridge from Holme St to Bridge Gate and vice versa? At present, cyclists rely on the traffic lights to stop traffic so they can cross safely. The lines of sight, especially from Bridge Gate looking right, are not good enough to see traffic at the speeds at which it actually travels. The proposed changes are dangerous for cyclists crossing the A646 at this juction.

    Pete R Asked almost 2 years ago

    The signal controlled crossing at Holme Street / Bridge Gate will have facilities for both cyclists and pedestrians to cross the A646.

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    What is the evidence that the current bus stop provision on Albert Street Hebden Bridge is not already sufficient, given the likely great diesel pollution and yet more parking spaces removed at a time of intense pressure on the retail sector by the proposal?

    Russell King Asked almost 2 years ago

    The proposals on Albert Street are not intended to address an issue on the street. The proposals are part of measures to remove the layover for buses on the A646 opposite the picture house by providing alternative facilities.