A62 to Cooper Bridge Corridor Improvement Scheme

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We would like you to provide feedback on our proposed plan. Our survey is open until 18 July 2021

The story so far….

In December 2018 we launched a public engagement on initial proposals to construct a link road between the A62 at Bradley and the A644 Wakefield Road, to reduce congestion in the Cooper Bridge area.

Whilst there was support for those proposals, there were also concerns raised about some elements of the designs and the wider environmental impacts of the plans. Additionally, since then Kirklees Council has declared a climate emergency putting an even greater focus on the environmental impact of any plans.

So, since early 2019 we have been reviewing how we can develop our designs to best balance these issues and address the transport problems in this location.

This has included considering new options which do not provide a link road, but instead include making improvements to the existing network to reduce congestion whilst minimising the environmental impacts.

Cooper Bridge Junction

Congestion, long journey times and poor air quality is currently experienced in the Cooper Bridge area and on the A644 and A62 nearby. The A62 and A644 have been identified as key routes which, through improvements, could support the creation of jobs in the area, relieve congestion, reduce journey times for general traffic, and improve pedestrian and cycling accessibility.

Kirklees Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Calderdale Council, has considered four options aimed at enhancing the existing network at Cooper Bridge and Bradley junctions to improve journey times and reliability along the A62 and A644 routes.

We have now identified our preferred option and would like to hear your thoughts on our proposals.

Our plans aim to:

  • relieve congestion and improve journey times and reliability
  • support economic and housing growth
  • improve road safety
  • improve pedestrian and cyclist facilities to encourage more use
  • support the improvement of air quality

Preferred Option

To help us identify a preferred option we have considered the likely effects of four options. These assessments have helped us to understand how the different options might improve journey times and impact the local environment. Using this information, we have now selected a preferred option. You can view plans of our preferred option here (opens in a new page).

The options we considered were similar due to the physical constraints in the area. Our preferred option includes a number of interventions that were included in all options, these include:

  • widening of the A62 Leeds Road between Bradley junction and Oak Road
  • widening of Colne Bridge Road on the approach to Bradley junction
  • widening of the A644 Wakefield Road on the approach to M62 junction 25
  • improving signal timings and changes to lane markings and permitted movements at Bradley junction
  • changing Oak Road to one-way
  • improving pedestrian and cycle facilities throughout, including new signal-controlled crossings and segregated cycle facilities on Leeds Road, Oak Road, Cooper Bridge Road and at Cooper Bridge junction

In addition to the above changes, our preferred option also includes:

  • creating a new three-armed roundabout at Cooper Bridge junction with dedicated left turn links
  • new landscaped areas and sustainable drainage systems
  • widening of Cooper Bridge Road between Bradley and Cooper Bridge junctions to provide two lanes of traffic in each direction

We produced the proposed indicative cross sections drawing which can be viewed here (opens in a new page).

Discounted Options

In addition to our preferred option, we considered a new junction layout at Cooper Bridge instead of a roundabout and this plan can be viewed here (opens in a new page). We also explored providing improvements at Cooper Bridge and Bradley junctions without widening Cooper Bridge Road (these were options 3 and 4 - these plans have not been provided here as they are very similar). However, our assessments showed the widening of Cooper Bridge Road helps to better address the transport problems in this area therefore these options have been discounted.

HAVE YOUR SAY

You can share your views on our plans by completing the survey below.

We have provided a list of FAQs to answer your questions, but if you have any other questions, you can submit them on this page and the project team will respond.

Alternatively, you can join our virtual event to hear a presentation from the project team. Please visit www.youtube.com and search ‘Kirklees Live’ at 5.30pm on 23 June 2021 to watch and ask questions. Unable to join online? Please call MetroLine on 0113 245 7676 to make arrangements to join by phone. You can also watch the video later on our You Tube channel at www.youtube.com/user/Kirkleesvideos.

Contact us via

This consultation will close on 18 July 2021.

Next steps

Once the consultation closes, we will analyse and use the feedback received to influence our designs, where possible, before submitting our Outline Business Case to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Subject to securing approval and the necessary funding to proceed with the scheme we will then develop our detailed design and planning application.

We will hold another public consultation on our final designs before we submit our planning application. Subject to securing all necessary consents and funding we expect to begin construction in 2024.

You can sign up to our project page to receive notifications and be kept informed of our progress.

We would like you to provide feedback on our proposed plan. Our survey is open until 18 July 2021

The story so far….

In December 2018 we launched a public engagement on initial proposals to construct a link road between the A62 at Bradley and the A644 Wakefield Road, to reduce congestion in the Cooper Bridge area.

Whilst there was support for those proposals, there were also concerns raised about some elements of the designs and the wider environmental impacts of the plans. Additionally, since then Kirklees Council has declared a climate emergency putting an even greater focus on the environmental impact of any plans.

So, since early 2019 we have been reviewing how we can develop our designs to best balance these issues and address the transport problems in this location.

This has included considering new options which do not provide a link road, but instead include making improvements to the existing network to reduce congestion whilst minimising the environmental impacts.

Cooper Bridge Junction

Congestion, long journey times and poor air quality is currently experienced in the Cooper Bridge area and on the A644 and A62 nearby. The A62 and A644 have been identified as key routes which, through improvements, could support the creation of jobs in the area, relieve congestion, reduce journey times for general traffic, and improve pedestrian and cycling accessibility.

Kirklees Council, in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Calderdale Council, has considered four options aimed at enhancing the existing network at Cooper Bridge and Bradley junctions to improve journey times and reliability along the A62 and A644 routes.

We have now identified our preferred option and would like to hear your thoughts on our proposals.

Our plans aim to:

  • relieve congestion and improve journey times and reliability
  • support economic and housing growth
  • improve road safety
  • improve pedestrian and cyclist facilities to encourage more use
  • support the improvement of air quality

Preferred Option

To help us identify a preferred option we have considered the likely effects of four options. These assessments have helped us to understand how the different options might improve journey times and impact the local environment. Using this information, we have now selected a preferred option. You can view plans of our preferred option here (opens in a new page).

The options we considered were similar due to the physical constraints in the area. Our preferred option includes a number of interventions that were included in all options, these include:

  • widening of the A62 Leeds Road between Bradley junction and Oak Road
  • widening of Colne Bridge Road on the approach to Bradley junction
  • widening of the A644 Wakefield Road on the approach to M62 junction 25
  • improving signal timings and changes to lane markings and permitted movements at Bradley junction
  • changing Oak Road to one-way
  • improving pedestrian and cycle facilities throughout, including new signal-controlled crossings and segregated cycle facilities on Leeds Road, Oak Road, Cooper Bridge Road and at Cooper Bridge junction

In addition to the above changes, our preferred option also includes:

  • creating a new three-armed roundabout at Cooper Bridge junction with dedicated left turn links
  • new landscaped areas and sustainable drainage systems
  • widening of Cooper Bridge Road between Bradley and Cooper Bridge junctions to provide two lanes of traffic in each direction

We produced the proposed indicative cross sections drawing which can be viewed here (opens in a new page).

Discounted Options

In addition to our preferred option, we considered a new junction layout at Cooper Bridge instead of a roundabout and this plan can be viewed here (opens in a new page). We also explored providing improvements at Cooper Bridge and Bradley junctions without widening Cooper Bridge Road (these were options 3 and 4 - these plans have not been provided here as they are very similar). However, our assessments showed the widening of Cooper Bridge Road helps to better address the transport problems in this area therefore these options have been discounted.

HAVE YOUR SAY

You can share your views on our plans by completing the survey below.

We have provided a list of FAQs to answer your questions, but if you have any other questions, you can submit them on this page and the project team will respond.

Alternatively, you can join our virtual event to hear a presentation from the project team. Please visit www.youtube.com and search ‘Kirklees Live’ at 5.30pm on 23 June 2021 to watch and ask questions. Unable to join online? Please call MetroLine on 0113 245 7676 to make arrangements to join by phone. You can also watch the video later on our You Tube channel at www.youtube.com/user/Kirkleesvideos.

Contact us via

This consultation will close on 18 July 2021.

Next steps

Once the consultation closes, we will analyse and use the feedback received to influence our designs, where possible, before submitting our Outline Business Case to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Subject to securing approval and the necessary funding to proceed with the scheme we will then develop our detailed design and planning application.

We will hold another public consultation on our final designs before we submit our planning application. Subject to securing all necessary consents and funding we expect to begin construction in 2024.

You can sign up to our project page to receive notifications and be kept informed of our progress.

Q&A - Do you have any questions?

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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    What benefits are you wanting to achieve by diverting traffic from a road designed and built for heavy traffic (Leeds Road to Bradley Road), to a road built for light, local traffic (Leeds Road to Oak Road)?

    Michael Darwin asked 6 days ago

    To achieve journey time savings along the A62 corridor we need to increase the capacity of Bradley junction.  Due to the built up nature of the area we are unable to physically change the type of junction, but by removing one of the existing movements (the right turn from Cooper Bridge on to Bradley Road), we are able to increase the amount of traffic able to travel straight through the junction on each cycle of the traffic lights.

    To enable this change an additional lane along Leeds Road between Bradley junction and Oak Road is provided along with new traffic signals to facilitate the right turn in to Oak Road.   The impacts on Oak Road are partially offset by changing it to a one-way road.  Our traffic forecasts show that the traffic along Oak Road is expected to increase by c.110 vehicles in the peak hour which equates to less than two vehicles per minute.   Changing Oak Road to a one-way road also helps to move the live lane of traffic further away from the frontages of the properties and the introduction of a new pedestrian/cycle crossing on Bradley Road, together with the removal of the right turn at Bradley provides opportunities for the vehicles to exit Oak Road more easily than the current situation.

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    Your sub drawing shows not right turn at Bradley jn when approaching from CB to go up Bradley Road. How will this be achieved? where will traffic go to be able to head up Bradley Road

    Mick asked 6 days ago

    To achieve journey time savings along the A62 corridor we need to increase the capacity of Bradley junction. Due to the built up nature of the area we are unable to physically change the type of junction, but by removing one of the existing movements (the right turn from Cooper Bridge on to Bradley Road), we are able to increase the amount of traffic able to travel straight through the junction on each cycle of the traffic lights.

    To enable this change an additional lane along Leeds Road between Bradley junction and Oak Road is provided along with new traffic signals to facilitate the right turn in to Oak Road. The impacts on Oak Road are partially offset by changing it to a one-way road.  Our traffic forecasts show that the traffic along Oak Road is expected to increase by c.110 vehicles in the peak hour which equates to less than two vehicles per minute. Changing Oak Road to a one-way road also helps to move the live lane of traffic further away from the frontages of the properties and the introduction of a new pedestrian/cycle crossing on Bradley Road, together with the removal of the right turn at Bradley provides opportunities for the vehicles to exit Oak Road more easily than the current situation.

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    Can you please clarify what happens to traffic which requires to turn right towards the Cooper Bridge Junction at the Bradley Road, Oak Road and Bradley Junction when approaching from Colne Bridge Road.

    A62 to Cooper Bridge Corridor Improvement Scheme - Preferred Option asked 4 days ago

    Traffic will still be able to turn right from Colne Bridge Road towards Cooper Bridge junction.